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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
2nd Tuesday / French Canadian
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



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


Founded in 1890 and dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children, the DAR boasts 177,000 members in 3,000 chapters and has one of the nation's premier genealogical libraries. Any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership.But you don’t need Revolutionary War ancestors to benefit from the DAR’s work. A solid investigative process is critical to effective genealogical research and DAR’s process provides a great template for any serious genealogist. Please join Carol Schwenk, DAR vice-regent for Vermont, to learn about the DAR’s history, deep resources and superb methodologies.




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


Newspapers are a great source for the details of our ancestors' lives. From birth announcements and engagements to court cases and obituaries, it's all there in the 5,800 American newspapers covered by GenealogyBank. Learn what's included with a subscription, how to navigate & use the site and see some great examples that Joanne Polanshek has uncovered in her research.


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

Many genealogists find valuable information about their ancestors’ military service in the myriad of government publications about service members and veterans.
This talk will be focused on mid-19th Century records and, specifically, the Civil War era. Join Connie Reik and learn where all these hidden treasures are located
and how to access them.

Connie Reik, M.S.L, M.A, is the Government Publications Coordinator and Research Librarian for History at Tisch Library at Tufts University.




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.