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Class run from 10:30AM to Noon and are $5.00 unless otherwise noted.





GENEALOGY STUDY GROUPS

TUESDAYS @ 6:30-8PM
~ THESE MEETINGS ARE FREE
~ Members and Non-Members are Welcome


Vermont Genealogy Library
377 Hegeman Ave. (Across from State Police)
Fort Ethan Allen
Colchester, Vermont

1st Tuesday / Scottish
3rd Tuesday / Irish
4th Tuesday / Genetic Genealogy (DNA)

Where we will:
-Examine Resources & demo products
-Discuss what's worked for you
-Learn what tools others use & how they like them
-Go online and tackle someone's problem each week



Spring 2015 Class Schedule

Classes are held at our library at 10:30 AM.
The fee is $5 for classes & $10 for workshops [denoted by *].
You do not need to register for classes. Just plan to arrive before 10:30.


Vermont Genealogy Library
377 Hegeman Ave. (Across from State Police)
Fort Ethan Allen
Colchester, Vermont


DATECLASS
February 7, 2015 Beginning Genealogy - Sheila Morris
February 14, 2015 DNA Tests: Maternal and Paternal Lines - Ed McGuire
February 21, 2015 Resources & Tools at VTGENLIB.ORG - Bill Craig
February 28, 2015 Finding Cousins with Autosomal DNA (Part 1) - Ed McGuire
March 7, 2015 Online Newspapers: Chronicling America: Using Historic Newspapers in Genealogical Research - Erenst Anip
March 10, 2015 * Researching Your Irish Ancestors - Irish Heritage Festival *(this class will be on a Tuesday evening at 7pm
March 14, 2015 Recording Your Ancestry with Family Tree Maker - Library Staff
March 21, 2015 Finding Cousins with Autosomal DNA (Part 2) - Ed McGuire
March 28, 2015 Genealogy Research in New York State - Gloria and Anastasia Pratt
April 4, 2015 LIBRARY CLOSED (Easter Holiday)
April 11, 2015 Daughters of the American Revolution: Their History and the DAR Research Process - Carol Schwenk
April 18, 2015 Using Drouins LAFRANCE website and its databases - Tom DeVarney
April 25, 2015 Finding Your Ancestors in Print at GenealogyBank.com - Joanne Polanshek
May 2, 2015 Beyond Pension Files! Discover Your Civil War Veterans in Federal Publications - Connie Reik
May 9, 2015 Maximizing Your Use of Census Records - Lynn Johnson
May 16, 2015 Finding Your Scottish Ancestors - Sheila Morris



Beginning Genealogy

February 7, 2015


Vermont Genealogy Library
377 Hegeman Ave. (Across from State Police)
Fort Ethan Allen
Colchester, Vermont

This talk is aimed at those who are about to start their genealogy research and for seasoned genealogists who would like a refresher. Learn how easy it is to find your ancestors! Learn how to get started, where to find local resources and how to find free sites on the Internet. Sheila Morris will discuss methods and best practices for research and organizing the information you find. Afterwards volunteers will show you our library.




DNA Tests: Maternal & Paternal Lines

February 14, 2015


Vermont Genealogy Library
377 Hegeman Ave. (Across from State Police)
Fort Ethan Allen
Colchester, Vermont

We inherit some types of DNA from our parents that are unchanged for many generations. Tests of this genetic material can be a big help in identifying our father's father, his father, and so forth back in time. The same holds true for our straight-line maternal ancestors. In this class we'll learn how these tests work, their power and their limitations, as well as when we should use them. This class will also cover costs, support tools, websites and how to analyze the data. Actual test results will be used to demonstrate the application of these tools to genealogical problems.


Resources and Tools at VTGENLIB.ORG

February 21, 2015


Vermont Genealogy Library
377 Hegeman Ave. (Across from State Police)
Fort Ethan Allen
Colchester, Vermont

Our newest website provides many unique tools for members whether accessing it from home or at the library. Members can search our catalog of over 4000 books, ask other members for help on individual ancestors, find birth or marriage records in our 50 volumes of church records, search obits and locate others with similar ethnic origins. Join our webmaster, Bill Craig, on Feb. 21st and explore the many tools at VTGENLIB.ORG.


Finding Cousins with Autosomal DNA - Part 1

February 28, 2015


Vermont Genealogy Library
377 Hegeman Ave. (Across from State Police)
Fort Ethan Allen
Colchester, Vermont

This new and very popular DNA test can often identify the homelands of immigrant ancestors and it will find DNA matches to genetic cousins who are also descended from your recent ancestors. In this class you will learn how the test works, which companies to use, what tools are provided and whether this test will help with your specific genealogical needs. Whether you are just thinking about taking a DNA test, or you already have results, this class will get you started on the right foot. (Part 2 will provide detailed help in analyzing the results).


Online Newspapers: "Chronicling America": Using Historic Newspapers in Genealogical Research

March 7, 2015


Vermont Genealogy Library
377 Hegeman Ave. (Across from State Police)
Fort Ethan Allen
Colchester, Vermont

When census and vital records fail to find an ancestor, newspapers are one of the favorite places genealogists look next, and digital newspapers make the research infinitely faster. This talk will cover the National Digital Newspaper Project (NDNP) and it's Vermont counterpart. NDNP's website, "Chronicling America", provides online access to US newspapers published from 1836-1922. The Vermont Digital Newspaper Project is approaching 230,000 digitized pages from the state's newspapers for those same years. Join us on March 7th and learn about these important resources.


Researching Your Irish Ancestors

March 10, 2015


Vermont Genealogy Library
377 Hegeman Ave. (Across from State Police)
Fort Ethan Allen
Colchester, Vermont

This class is being offered in collaboration with the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival.

Whether you’ve been searching for your ancestors’ connections to Ireland for years or just getting started, the quest can be both rewarding and frustrating in turns. Join Ed McGuire for an hour-long discussion of the records, tools and techniques for searching both here and in Ireland. This session will be followed by tours of our library's resources and use of the subscription databases including Ancestry.com and FindMyPast.ie. BIHF raffle tickets available, refreshments provided & Irish genealogy books for sale.



Recording Your Ancestry with Family Tree Maker

March 14, 2015


Vermont Genealogy Library
377 Hegeman Ave. (Across from State Police)
Fort Ethan Allen
Colchester, Vermont

Family Tree Maker is one of the most popular programs for recording, organizing & publishing your genealogical research. This full-featured software is powerful, flexible and capable of saving user’s time by automating repetitive tasks. Learn about the basic features of the current versions (2009-2015), discover hidden capabilities and watch several of our staff demonstrate their favorite features.



Finding Cousins with Autosomal DNA (Part 2)

March 21, 2015


Vermont Genealogy Library
377 Hegeman Ave. (Across from State Police)
Fort Ethan Allen
Colchester, Vermont

This talk builds on the basic material from Part 1 and discusses the more advanced tools and skills necessary for getting the most out of your autosomal DNA results. We'll cover the concepts needed to identify common ancestors shared with your new 'genetic cousins' including chromosome browsers, the power of working with multiple matches, and some very useful third party tools to make the workload more manageable. You'll also learn about the best resources for keeping up-to-date on this rapidly evolving field.


Genealogy Research in New York State

March 28, 2015


Vermont Genealogy Library
377 Hegeman Ave. (Across from State Police)
Fort Ethan Allen
Colchester, Vermont

Vital records and other sources can be difficult to locate in New York State due to lengthy period of settlement and the lack of a consistent and centralized system of recording genealogical events. That does not mean that NY State lacks records - merely that they are scattered and harder to locate. And a great collection of state census records can often compensate for other lapses. Join Gloria Pratt, long-time expert in Northeast NY and Quebec research, and Dr. Anastasia Pratt, Clinton-County Historian, for a valuable look the Empire State's records.


Daughters of the American Revolution: Their History and the DAR Research Process

April 11, 2015


Vermont Genealogy Library
377 Hegeman Ave. (Across from State Police)
Fort Ethan Allen
Colchester, Vermont

Look for details for this class to be posted soon.


Using Drouin's LAFRANCE Website and its Databases

April 18, 2015


Vermont Genealogy Library
377 Hegeman Ave. (Across from State Police)
Fort Ethan Allen
Colchester, Vermont

Look for details on this class to be posted soon.


Finding Your Ancestors in Print at "GenealogyBank.com"

April 25, 2015


Vermont Genealogy Library
377 Hegeman Ave. (Across from State Police)
Fort Ethan Allen
Colchester, Vermont

Look for details on this class to be posted soon.


Beyond Pension Files! Discover Your Civil War Veterans in Federal Publications

May 2, 2015


Vermont Genealogy Library
377 Hegeman Ave. (Across from State Police)
Fort Ethan Allen
Colchester, Vermont

Look for details on this class to be posted soon.


Maximizing Your Use of Census Records

May 9, 2015


Vermont Genealogy Library
377 Hegeman Ave. (Across from State Police)
Fort Ethan Allen
Colchester, Vermont

Genealogists know to use census records to locate families and to learn who belongs to what family, but that is just the beginning of what census records can teach us. They might provide leads on such things as land records, military service or year of immigration. Lynn Johnson will show you how to make better use of census records. This class will also be helpful for those just starting their genealogy searches as it will provide an overview of U.S., Canadian and state census records, as well as where to access them.


Finding Your Scottish Ancestors

May 16, 2015


Vermont Genealogy Library
377 Hegeman Ave. (Across from State Police)
Fort Ethan Allen
Colchester, Vermont

You don't have to travel abroad to find valuable documents and records for your Scottish ancestors. Sheila Morris will show how to trace those elusive ancestors, what their occupations were, names that are important, and how to find original Scottish census records. Maps of Scotland showing the counties pre 1855 and after, Plus a list of Internet sites to use.