Event—Adult Education

Genealogy Toolbox Series

Take this whole three-part series and build your genealogy research toolbox.

Newberry Adult Education Seminars will meet virtually via Zoom. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. If you have questions about online learning, please reach out to seminars@newberry.org.

Seminar Description

Take this whole three-part series and build your genealogy research toolbox. Register below for all three seminars or select the individual seminars that appeal the most to you.

Genealogy Toolbox: A FamilySearch.org Primer
April 14 - April 21

Take a tour of the under-utilized FamilySearch.org website to see what it has to offer genealogy researchers. This course will include a review of this free resource and all the research opportunities it offers, as well as other tools useful for genealogists and family historians.

Genealogy Toolbox: An Ancestry.com Primer
April 28 - May 5

So, you think you know Ancestry.com? In this seminar, we will take a tour of the Ancestry.com website to see what it has to offer genealogy researchers and discuss tips and tricks for how to get the most out of Ancestry.

Genealogy Toolbox: Family History Databases to Know
May 12 - May 19

Have you exhausted your old standby resources? Do you need some new records to review? This genealogy workshop will introduce you to family history databases you may have heard of but never utilized, in particular Fold3.com (a military history site), Newspapers.com, American Ancestors, and FindMyPast.

Six sessions. Registration – $230

Caron Primas Brennan is a frequent speaker on genealogy at local libraries and genealogical societies. She has taught at the Newberry since 2009 and is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Materials List


  • There are no required materials for this seminar.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for this seminar.

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, January 13th. Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning January 7 at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at seminars@newberry.org.

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar has reached capacity. Please email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.