Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Tri-County Genealogy Classes Spring 2017

I have had several request to post what classes I will be teaching in the spring semester at TCCC. For the most part the schedule is set, but if the legacy 9 software is released on schedule then I will substitute the last two classes on Thursday night with a Legacy 9 genealogy software beginners class.

You are welcome to get on the list right now before TCCC bugs out for the two week holiday in a few days. Call Lisa Long at (828) 835-4241. The Family History Research Toolbox (New) class below will be limited seating and you will need to get on that list if you want the class.

Family History Research Toolbox (New)

Genealogists and family historians are living in a unique time – a new age of technological advancement. The rise of the computer, Internet, and related technologies has contributed to an unparalleled amount of genealogical information, knowledge and capability. Technology has changed the way we dig-up long buried diamonds of family information from the past. This course is designed to aid the genealogists in where these tools can be found and how to use them. Subjects that will be covered include high tech tools such as Internet record/family tree services to a wide variety of software packages and applications. If you want to learn how to connect with your ancestors, even if that involves research across oceans, technology can help you make those connections. Whether you use a computer, a tablet or Smartphone in your research this is the class you do not want to miss. 32.5 hours (13 weeks) 

Instructor: Van Horn            Min: 10

January 17 - April 11           Tuesday

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.           $75

Getting Started with Genetic Genealogy

Genetic science can help you with your genealogy research, but you are going to have to take a test first. That test is a "low cost" autosomal DNA test available at DNA testing companies such as Ancestry, Family Tree DNA or 23andMe. This course will cover the new and expanding field of genetic genealogy basics and is designed for the DNA newbie and other genealogists who want to get the most from their DNA testing. Some of the topics to be covered include an introduction to DNA testing and technical terms, the different types of DNA tests available, how DNA testing will help your genealogy research, what are your ethnic origins and how to interpret your results. Special emphasis will be given to the AncestryDNA autosomal test. If you want to demystify genetic genealogy, and you want to use this new and exciting research tool in your family history study, then this course is for you. This course is a prerequisite for the advanced DNA course. 10 hours (4 weeks) 

Instructor: Van Horn           Min: 8

January 19 - February 9     Thursday

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.           $30

Hidden Genealogy Record Sources

Discover facts about your American ancestors in unexpected and hidden places – some that could be right under your nose! This course will explore a variety of little-known genealogical sources that may contain information about your ancestors. Students will study dozens of off the beaten path and hidden genealogical record sources, how to find them, and how to use them in research projects. Pre-requisite: Searching for Your Ancestors course. 12.5 hours (5 weeks)

Instructor: Van Horn           Min: 8

February 16 – March 16     Thursday

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.          $35

Using U.S. Military Records in Genealogy Research (New)

A history of America might be characterized as a history of military experiences. Anyone who attempts to document the life of any family member must consider the possibility that person was associated with the military. There are a lot of government records associated with members of the military and their families. The key to using these records is to learn what they are and where they can be found. This course will help you learn more about your ancestors who served the country and can often provide valuable information on the veteran, as well as on all members of the family. It is highly recommended that you have taken our Searching for Your Ancestors course before you take this class. 10 hours (4 weeks)

Instructor: Van Horn           Min: 8

March 23 –  April 13           Thursday

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.           $30