Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Update: Spring Genealogy Classes Set at Tri County Community College

It is that time of year again. The Spring genealogy classes at TCCC are about to begin. If you hadn't signed up yet, now is the time to get on that phone (828-837-6810), ring up Lisa Long and get on that class list before all the seats get taken.

I have four classes available this semester, enough to keep you all busy (and me as well). Our courses meet for 2.5 hours per session and are very inexpensive compared to other local and Internet genealogy education sources. Here is what is being offered this semester.

Genealogy: DNA – The New Tool in Genealogy Research
March 4 – March 18 Tuesday Nights (3 weeks) 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $15
Science can help you with your genealogy research but you will have to take a test first. This course will cover the new and expanding field of genetic genealogy basics and is designed for DNA Newbies. Some of the topics to be covered include an introduction to DNA testing and technical terms, how DNA testing will help your research, what are your ethnic origins and how to interpret the results, the different types of DNA tests available and their applications, and DNA testing and interpreting resources. If you want to demystify genetic genealogy and use it in your family history research then this course is for you.

Genealogy – Hidden Genealogy Sources
January 23 – April 17 Thursday Nights (12 weeks) Class will not meet March 6. 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $60
Discover facts about your ancestors in unexpected places--some right under your nose! Hidden Sources is a genealogy course to help you find family history in unlikely places. This course will help the genealogist discover a diversity of unexpected and productive resources capable of filling in the gaps of family charts and providing missing information on genealogical relationships. Family history researchers are accustomed to searching among vital records, censuses, and other commonly used sources, but there are a number of more obscure sources that can lead researchers to crucial information. This advanced course tackles these other sources and it will help you know how they can help you in your family research. This course will give you an overview of more than 100 sources, including: Adoption Records, Holocaust Records, Coroner’s Inquests, Licenses, Orphan Asylum Records, Slavery Records, Court Records, Patent Records, Diaries and Journals, and many more.
This is now open to all researchers and there are no prerequisites to take this class although experience in researching is helpful.

Genealogy – Beginning/Intermediate Genealogy (A Tuesday Day Class)
January 21 – April 8 Tuesday Day (12 weeks) 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. $60
This course covers the basics of genealogy research by exploring a variety of record sources used in the pursuit of ancestor hunting. Sources such as vital records, census, church records, court, military, land property, probate, and tax records will be discussed in detail. We will also cover the newest genealogy tool in that can open up your family history research – DNA testing. If you want to learn how to do genealogy research the right way, this is the course for you. This course is a requirement to take any of my advanced genealogy courses offered at TCCC.

Genealogy Classes: Genealogy- Advanced - Discovering Your Female Ancestors
January 21 – February 25 Tuesday Nights (6 weeks) 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $30
“Discovering Your Female Ancestors” introduces students to special strategies and uncommon resources needed to research female lines in their family genealogies. Students will learn about genealogical sources created by and about women, and methods they can use to learn the maiden name and parents of our female ancestors. This is an advanced genealogy course and completion of the Beginner/Intermediate Genealogy course is mandatory to take this class.

To each of you I look forward to seeing and/or meeting you in class in a couple of weeks.