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Upcoming Classes & Workshops


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


Fall Classes & Events

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.

For a map click the 'Directions' link at the top left of this page.


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


September 6, 2014    Open House
September 13, 2014   Beginning Genealogy - Sheila Morris
September 20, 2014   Finding Family: 3 case studies - Susan Belier
September 27, 2014   DNA Surname Projects- Bruce Dumelin
October 4, 2014      No class
October 11, 2014     Introduction to Quebec Research
October 18, 2014     Annual Fall Conference - 3 great speakers
October 25, 2014     Google Your Family Tree - Ed McGuire
November 1, 2014     Genealogical Research Methods - Joanne Polanchek
November 8, 2014     How to Find That Missing Ancestor - Tom Devarney
November 15, 2014    Genealogy Educational Opportunities - Ed McGuire
November 22, 2014    No class
November 29, 2014    Thanksgiving- Library is closed
December 6, 2014     Basic Genetic Genealogy - Ed McGuire

Please note there have been some changes to the schedule since it was originally posted.


GENEALOGY STUDY GROUPS -- Commencing September 2nd

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

1st Tuesday / Scottish
2nd Tuesday / New York Research
3rd Tuesday / Irish
4th Tuesday / Genetic Genealogy (DNA)

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



SATURDAYS @ 1:30-3PM ~ THESE MEETINGS ARE FREE
Members & Non-Members are Welcome

1st Saturday / English

3rd Saturday / German


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




Beginning Genealogy

September 13, 2014


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 searches and those who are relatively inexperienced. Sheila Morris will discuss records, methods and best practices for research and organizing the records and information you find.


Puzzling it Out: Case Studies from Forty Years of Research

September 20, 2014


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

Susan Beller will present a series of case studies about finding answers in genealogy when the obvious sources don't have the information you need. From the studies will come some clues to successful tactics, such as using the internet to find others working on the same problem, solving mysteries by working with variations on family names, compiling records on all people in one area, etc., but mostly the theme will be persistence, persistence, and persistence!


DNA Surname Projects

September 27, 2014*


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

Bruce Dumelin will discuss the thousands of Y-DNA surname groups, why you should consider joining one, how to upload data and the responsibilities of each group’s administrator. Participants will learn about what key information to include with their upload, how to interpret the results page and how to understand their match data.

* Please note this class was originally scheduled for October 4th.


Introduction to Quebec Research

October 11, 2014


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

This talk will provide an introduction to the tools, techniques and rich records available to genealogists looking for French-Canadian ancestors. Staff experts will cover parish & county printed compilations, genealogical encyclopedias, microfiche marriage collections & the largest online databases. If you are getting started, or are in need of more ideas for sources, this class is designed to help you.


Google Your Family Tree

October 25, 2014


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

When FamilySearch, Ancestry and paper research don’t turn up the evidence you need it may be time to look at Google’s search engine. Ed McGuire will discuss how to use this tool to locate records associated with your ancestors. He’ll also demonstrate the use of commands & operators in your queries to improve the relevance of your search results.


Genealogical Research Methods

November 1, 2014


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

At some point we all need to search beyond Ancestry.com. In this talk Joanne Polanshek will cover other sites & sources to consider. She will also mention tips & techniques that are particularly useful for scaling our brick walls.
Joanne Polanshek recently completed Boston University’s ‘Certificate Program in Genealogical Research’ She is a professional genealogist and is currently working on her certification from the Board for Certified Genealogists (BCG).


How to Find That Missing Ancestor

November 8, 2014


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

Phonetic spelling, outdated spelling conventions, interpreting cursive script for data entry, cultural and religious differences, etc. are constant challenges when trying to find that elusive ancestor. Tom DeVarney will share tips he has learned that can help you with these obstacles, including the use of wild cards on sites such as Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org etc.
In addition to doing his own genealogy Tom has been a researcher, and teacher, for the VT French-Canadian Genealogical Society for a number of years. Having grown up as a French speaker in a Franco-Irish-American family Tom’s knowledge of the language, and of church customs, add to his many research skills.




Genealogy Educational Opportunities

November 15, 2014


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

Most genealogists want to increase their understanding of the latest tools and techniques. Fortunately, lots of educational opportunities exist at various price points and levels of difficulty. In this talk Ed McGuire will cover many of the options available. He will identify some free, online resources as well as conferences, webinars and genealogical institutes. Considerations like cost, workload, quality, travel requirements and prerequisites will be covered as well.


Basic Genetic Genealogy

December 6, 2014


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

Genetic Genealogy is a relatively new tool for genealogists that supplements our paper research. It can locate both close and distant genetic cousins who may be able to help us break through difficult ‘brickwalls.’ This presentation will identify what results DNA testing can provide, which tests to take, which companies to use and what kind of answers these tests can provide. Privacy, cost, and ethical issues will also be discussed.