Thursday, June 1, 2017

Tri-County Community College Fall 2017 Genealogy Classes

Here is a list of the genealogy classes that I will be teaching this fall on the TCCC Peachtree campus (Indigo building classroom).

The Tuesday night class will be the newly revised Beginner/Intermediate Genealogy class. I continue to evolve this classes to embrace current research and technology enhancements in genealogy research, If you have not taken one of my beginner/intermediate classes recently, I strongly urge you to take this one. It will help you get current with the latest genealogy research advancements.

If we do not have enough students sign up for the Tuesday night classes, I will implement an alternate schedule of TBA classes listed below..

Our Thursday night class is a full blown Legacy 9 class now that the new edition has been released. We will be digging much deeper into using this great genealogy program than what we did in the spring semester class.

You are welcome to get on the class interest list right now. Call Lisa Long at (828) 835-4241. Seating for these classes are limited to seats available in the Indigo classroom so get on the list before we max out and you miss out.

Fall 2017 TCCC Genealogy Classes

Genealogy – Searching for Your Ancestors

Who am I and where did I come from? It's that intriguing question that has made genealogy research one of America's most popular hobbies. But where does one begin such research? What resources exist? How can you prove that what you find is true and valid? How do you go beyond America's borders to find roots in other English speaking nations? Searching for your Ancestors offers the beginner and even experienced genealogists alike a fresh approach to genealogy research. Subjects cover the full gambit from organizing your research to exploring your family history using traditional and electronic research, social media, and the newest genealogy tool – DNA testing. Whether you are new to genealogy or have been family hunting since microfilm days, this course will assist you in researching your family in the 21st century. This course is a prerequisite for many of the advanced genealogy courses offered at TCCC. 32.5 hours (13 weeks)

August 22-November 14     Tuesday 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.          
Genealogy – Legacy 9 Genealogy Software (New)

You can do genealogy on paper. That is how it used to be done until only a few decades ago. But if you are researching your family history and not using genealogy software, you’re crazy to do it without. This genealogy class is an introductory course teaching the fundamentals of the new Legacy 9, the gold standard of genealogy software. It will include instruction on the program menus, basic data entry, importing and exporting projects, SourceWriter, creating and printing reports, hashtags and all of the new features in Legacy 9 and more. This course is a requirement to take any of the advanced Legacy courses offered at TCCC. This class is open for all students interested in genealogy and documenting their family history, so there is no prerequisite class. 32.5 hrs. (13 weeks)

August 24-November 16    Thursday 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Alternate Genealogy Class Schedule 

Genealogy – Genealogy DNA for the Beginner (New)

We all have seen those DNA commercials on television, but are they legit and can they help you find your family roots? Science can help you with your genealogy research, but you are going to have to take that DNA test first. These "low cost" autosomal DNA tests are available at, 23andMe, or Family Tree DNA. This new course will cover the new and expanding field of genetic genealogy basics and is designed for the DNA newcomer and other genealogists who want to get the most from their DNA testing results. Some of the topics to be covered include an introduction to DNA testing and technical terms, how DNA testing will help your genealogy research, what are your ethnic origins, how to interpret your results and the latest changes made in the spring of 2017 (AncestryDNA Genetic Communities). 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.10 hrs. (4 weeks)

TBA  Tuesday 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Genealogy – Conquering the Chaos – How to Manage a Genealogy Project

Are you faced with "piles" of genealogy paper records, correspondence, charts, and genealogy forms in your family history work-space or electronic files scattered all over the computer hard drive? Most successful genealogist will usually end up with an embarrassment of riches - too much information in too many places. Whether you work on paper, electronically scan your genealogy records/files or do everything online, getting organized is essential to keeping track of ancestors and the records you have found about them. This course will rescue you from unhelpful habits and get your workspace—virtual or physical—tidy again. 7.5 hrs. (4 weeks)

TBA  Tuesday 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Genealogy – GenSmarts – Artificial Intelligence for Your Genealogy Projects (New)

How many people do you have documented in family history files? 1000? 10,000? 50,000? How do you manage to stay on top of all that data? Are there research techniques you’ve missed or under-applied?  Do you fall into the trap of spending too much time in a favorite/familiar part of your tree? When’s the last time you went through each person and looked for new research ideas? There is a third party utility program that can help you with those tasks and more. GenSmarts can cover your entire tree in seconds and point out areas that deserve more attention. GenSmarts is a utility that uses artificial intelligence to analyze your existing genealogy file and produce research recommendations. This is an introductory class in using GemSmarts with your favorite genealogy database. Prerequisite: Must use genealogy software (no only Internet trees) to use this software. 5 hrs. (2 weeks)

TBA  Tuesday 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Genealogy – Using Google to Research Your Family History (New)

This course introduces the Internet’s most popular search engine and will teach you how to use it in your genealogy research. Students will be exposed to the Google search engine and various Google applications to help them accomplish this research. This course is for advanced genealogy students only. Students must have completed the Genealogy Beginner/Intermediate course prior to enrollment. 7.5 hrs. (3 weeks)

TBA  Tuesday 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.