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





Beginning Genealogy

Saturday, 16 Sep


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

Genealogy can seem overwhelming to those who are just getting started. In this introduction to the subject Sheila Morris will discuss records, techniques and best practices for conducting sound research. This talk is aimed at beginners and at those who have already started but are still relatively inexperienced. Sheila will also share strategies on how to organize the records and images that result from your research efforts. Bring as much information as you can about your grandparents; births, marriages, deaths and where they lived. After the talk our volunteers can help you get started using our many resources.


Organizing Your DNA Test Results

Saturday, 23 Sep


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

During the past five years millions of genealogists have begun using DNA tests to aid in their research - driven by popular television shows like “Who Do You Think You Are?” and by frequent ads in print, TV and on the internet. While these ads promise simple answers to tough genealogical questions, the reality is far different. Anyone trying to sort through the hundreds of genetic cousins in their results is quickly overwhelmed by the flood of information.

In this talk Ed McGuire will identify the specific information generated from the tests at each major company, which items are critical to record and where to find them in your results. He’ll then describe how this data should be organized and provide a structure that can be implemented using either file folders, spreadsheets or specialized software. If you intend to use your results to contact your genetic cousins and you haven’t yet gotten a handle on all the data - then this class should be a big help.

This is the first of three talks focused on organizing DNA test data. Subsequent talks will focus on using spreadsheets and on specialized software to add capabilities and to automate much of the process. Understanding the material in this talk will provide the foundation for the next two sessions.



Beginning Italian Genealogy Research

Saturday, 30 Sep


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

This new class is designed especially for beginners in Italian Genealogy. As you may know it can be difficult getting started on your search. The class will cover basics in research methods and show you the best practices for beginning your family tree. We will start with the present and work backwards to the past using immigration, naturalization, census and vital records in the U.S. and Italy. A power point presentation with several actual examples will be used to illustrate how to begin a successful search for your Italian ancestors.


Vermont Genealogy Library Open House

Saturday, 9 Sep


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

You’ve watched the TV shows and you’ve always planned to work on your family history. Why wait any longer? Learn how to fill the long winter hours with this fascinating hobby. Come check us out at our annual Open House, on Saturday, September 10, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join us for 30-minute demonstrations on Family Tree Maker, DNA Tests and Using Ancestry.com. Take in demonstrations of the Internet resources we offer in our computer room. Volunteers will be on hand to give tours of our library, book, and microfilm rooms with their many resources. There will be many genealogy books for sale and free refreshments. This event is free. The Vermont Genealogy Library is located on Hegeman Ave, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, across from the State Police Building. Come check us out and bring a friend!


Genome Mate Pro: A DNA Research Solution

Saturday, 7 Oct


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

DNA tests are a great way to find ‘genetic cousins’ who are descended from ancestors that we share with them – ususally several generations in the past. The records and family trees of these cousins may hold the key to breaching that brick wall in our own genealogy. But these matches often number in the hundreds and we need some way to organize all of their DNA data, family trees and emails.

In Part 1 of this series we discussed what information is critical and how to organize it. In this talk Ed McGuire will take look at a software product designed specifically for this task - “Genome Mate Pro.” While this software is free, there is a steep learning curve and the setup can take several days depending on the number of test kits and the number of DNA companies you have used. But the payoff is huge in terms of analysis power, ease of use and the seamless integration of multiple tools.

Ed will demonstrate several features including managing profiles for multiple kits, logging notes & emails, searching surname lists, storing family trees, chromosome mapping of ancestors and working with X-chromosome data. For those who are comfortable downloading raw data from testing companies and who are patient & persistent Genome Mate Pro is an option worth considering.



Hazen P. Day of Baltimore & Burlington: His Neighbors Bring Him Home

Saturday, 14 Oct


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

A Maryland resident claimed an 1816 Vermont birth to Vermont-born parents, but no known record provides his parents’ names or specific birthplace. Yet studying his ties to his “neighbors” — associates who shared close geographic, vocational, and political and spiritual proximity — builds a persuasive case for his kinship ties. Watch how this convincing case is assembled using creative analysis and correlation of indirect evidence in both common and lesser-known Vermont records.


Catherine B. Wiest Desmarais, CG

Catherine is a full-time professional genealogist and the current Vice-President of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). Board-certified since 2011, she specializes in family history research in Vermont and Ireland, as well as forensic cases for attorneys and U.S. Army military repatriation cases. Catherine holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Vermont, and has taught at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh, the Forensic Genealogy Institute, and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. She can be reached through her website: www.stonehouseresearch.com.



The Genealogy of Jeffrey Brace: African Slave & Revolutionary War Soldier

Saturday, 28 Oct


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

Join genealogist Joanne Polanshek as she takes us on her journey describing how her genealogical curiosity helped unveil a story of an incredible man. Learn how this historically significant Vermonter gained his manumission from slavery. Joanne will take us from his capture as an innocent African village boy to his struggles in gaining his Revolutionary War pension. She will explain how her genealogical research uncovered incredible documents which tell a story that is both sad and inspiring.


EXCEL-erate Your DNA Research

Saturday, 4 Nov


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

Keepng track of the mountains of data generated from the most popular DNA tests is a challenge. In the previous two talks addressing this problem we discussed both very simple solutions using traditional genealogical tools like file folders & printed results and a very advanced solution using specialized software – “GenomeMate Pro.” While these work, either for those unfamiliar with computer software or those with a lot technical skill, the majority of us will find that a spreadsheet program is probably the right combination of capability and complexity.

In this talk, Patti Malone will draw on years of experience working with DNA results in Excel to demonstrate why a spreadsheet program is a huge improvement over a manual system if you have any experience at all with this type of software. She’ll discuss the process of downloading your data from each company’s website, sorting and organizing it on your computer, merging it with data on known relatives and then using it to understand how your DNA matches related to your family tree.

Join us at 10:30 AM on Saturday, November 4th, to learn how you can harness the power of spreadsheet software to organize your data and to help prioritize your research.



Online Searches at the 95 Regional Archives of France

Saturday, 11 Nov


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

In this class you will learn how to research your ancestors in France using the 95 online departmental archives. First we will locate the Commune or town that they lived in, and then how to search for baptisms, marriages and burials in either the Catholic churches or the Huguenot Temples. We will do some basic translation of the French to English. Since we typically are researching the people that populated New France (Quebec) we will focus on the period before the 1792 Revolution changes to record-keeping in France.




Les Filles du Roi

Saturday, 18 Nov


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

Between 1663 and 1673, up to 850 unmarried women were sponsored by the king of France to immigrate to New France. These women were instrumental in creating a nation! Sheila Morris will explain who these women were and what their lives were like. Millions of French-Canadians and Franco-Americans are descendents of these brave pioneers and their colonial era marriages.

You will also learn about our Filles du Roi pin program and how to earn one from our society. Sheila will describe how to meet the requirements by demonstrating descent from a Filles du Roi who married a soldier from the Carignan regiment.

Join Sheila to learn about the fascinating story of these women, the history of their times, and how they very likely impact your genealogical story.



Quebec Coroners Inquests: A Unique Genealogical Resource

Saturday, 2 Dec


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

The use of Coroner’s Inquests began in Quebec with the British conquest and continued up to the present. These documents often include much more than a simple cause of death and can provide genealogical clues unavailable anywhere else. In this talk Denyse Beaugrand-Champagne will discuss the introduction and development of these records over the past 250 years, the information one may find in them and how to locate them - both online and in repositories.

Denyse Beaugrand-Champagne is Reference Archivist at the Montreal Branch of the Bibliotheque et Archives Nationales du Quebec (BanQ) and is the genealogical consultant for the Quebec version of the “Who Do You Think You Are” television program. She is also the award winning author of “Le Proces de Marie-Josephe Angelique“ an inquiry into a black slave accused of burning down parts of Montreal in 1734.




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