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





Beginning Genealogy

Saturday, Feb 4th


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

If you are relatively new to genealogy then this class can help. Sheila Morris will discuss records, methods, and best practices for conducting sound research. She will also share strategies on how to organize the information you find. 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.



Your Personal Genealogy Education Plan

Saturday, Feb 11th


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

There are so many learning opportunities in genealogy today! How do you learn about and choose on-site and online options? Create your own educational plan according to your budget, time, location, skill-level, and needs.

This lecture will be presented by professional genealogist Catherine B. W. Desmarais, CG, who is an expert in Forensic Genealogy and specializes in Irish, Quebec and Vermont family history. This talk was designed by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, and is an excellent overview of the wonderful opportunities available to genealogists today.



If I Knew What I Know Now: DNA Testing

Saturday, Feb 18th


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

Patti Malone has always loved a challenge.  And using DNA testing to find more cousins and to learn where she came from has certainly been a big challenge in terms of work, time, energy and persistence. Over the last 2 1/2 years, Patti has learned a lot about herself, her family, and her ancestry.  If she had it to do again, would she go down the same road?  Or would she have taken a different path?  During her presentation she will discuss both of these issues, focusing on her experiences with AncestryDNA's test and tools.



Winooski's History and Heritage

Saturday, Feb 25th


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

Discover how Winooski was founded, who first settled here, and why its citizens moved to establish a separate municipality. Peruse photos from the era and hear stories from Winooski's French Canadian and Irish past.

Anastasia Pratt is the Clinton County, New York Historian and the co-author of "Images of America: Winooski", a pictorial history developed with the assistance of the Winooski Historical Society.



An Introduction to DNA Testing

Saturday, Mar 4th


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

Whether you are new to the world of 'Genetic Genealogy' or just want a refresher, this talk should be informative. Ed McGuire will discuss the 3 types of tests & their limitations as well as each DNA testing company and their products. He'll also cover the kinds of genealogical questions where DNA testing can help and what you can expect for results.



FamilyTreeDNA Workshop

Saturday, Mar 11th


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

This workshop is designed for genealogists who have tested with FamilyTreeDNA (or those who are considering it) and wish to understand more about the tools on their website and how to use them effectively. Ed McGuire will cover all three main tests:

(1) Y-chromosome kits to follow a single male line for hundreds of generations
(2) mitochondrial DNA kits to follow a single female line for hundreds of generations
(3) autosomal DNA kits which look at DNA received from all ancestors as far back as 6 generations.

The major tools used with each type of test will be demonstrated at FamilyTreeDNA's website using Ed's actual results. This 90-minute workshop will describe how to use "Match Lists", haplogroup designations, and ancestral geographic maps as well as autosomal DNA tools like chromosome browsers and the FTDNA Matrix Tool. The basic concepts of genetic genealogy will not be covered, however, attendees can become familiar with that information by attending Ed's talk on March 4th (An Introduction to DNA Testing). Alternatively, they can download the following free PDFs for an overview:

www.thegeneticgenealogist.com/wp-content/uploads/InterpretingTheResultsofGeneticGenealogyTests.PDF
www.geni.com/blog/dna-testing-for-genealogy-getting-started-part-three-376261.html

If you have questions about this workshop contact Ed directly at edmcguire.vt@gmail.com or call him at 310-9285.


Irish Genealogy Research

Tuesday, Mar 14th


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

As part of the 2017 Burlington Irish Heritage Festival, the Vermont Genealogy Library and the BIHF are again hosting a presentation by Ed McGuire entitled, "Finding Your Irish Roots." This hour-long talk will introduce participants to a brief history of Irish immigration to North American and then discuss some of the major resources for Irish genealogy research - online, locally and in Ireland. 

Please note that this talk takes place at 7 PM on Tuesday, March 14th, is free and is open to the public. Coffee, tea and pastries will be provided in our break room.


Using PRDH and LAFRANCE Effectively

Saturday, Mar 18th


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

These two richly populated databases make tracing your French-Canadian ancestry in Quebec back to the origins of New France not only possible - but very rewarding.  The Drouin Institute and The University of Montreal have teamed up to bring genealogists invaluable tools that just get better each year!  With a little practice these databases are easy to use and reveal a wealth of information from birth, marriage and death records.   Vital statistics on whole families are linked from one generation to the next and are available with minimal data entry and just a few clicks of the mouse.  Knowing how to use these two databases together and putting some of the tips learned in this class to work for you can help you fill out many of the branches of your family tree all the way back to France. 

Following the class, instructor Jane Whitmore will help attendees with searches in our computer room using our library's subscriptions to these databases. 



Scottish Research

Saturday, Mar 25th


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

You do not need to visit Scotland to find your Scottish Ancestors. In this lecture Sheila will show you the best web sites available and describe how to organize your Scottish research.



Bringing Your Ancestors to Life

Saturday, Apr 1st


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

Many of Lillian Robinson's nieces & nephews aren't interested in the family pedigree charts but they love the stories that she shares about their ancestors. Online newspapers, local histories, military records and pension files are some of the places she finds these stories. Setting up family group pages on facebook and swapping information has been another way that her family has shared stories. She has also had success with RAOGK (Random Acts Of Genealogical Kindness) where people responding to her message postings have helped her find information on her ancestors.

Using her own ancestors Lillian will demonstrate some of the ways to find and share your family stories.


Maximizing Your Use of Census Records

Saturday, Apr 8th


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

Many of us tend to only use census records to locate families and determine who belongs with whom, but downloading the image and spending some time with it can teach you so much more.  Different censuses might tell us about the number of times the head of the family  married, the number of children born to the mother, education levels or employment. They might also provide leads on relatives and neighbors.

Lynn Johnson will show you how to make the most of census records. This class will also be helpful for those just starting in genealogy as it will provide an overview of U.S., Canadian, and state census records and where to access them.



Searching For Your English Ancestors with FINDMYPAST

Saturday, Apr 22nd


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

FINDMYPAST is the premier online resource for research in the British Isles and Ireland. Learn how to find the record sets that relate to your ancestors. Marcie Crocker will describe search strategies and provide advice on interpreting the results. FINDMYPAST may return images, transcriptions or both & Marcie will cover the differences. She will also suggest how to find images when they are not directly linked to a search result.

This talk will end with some actual online searches - so bring some names, dates and places. Maybe she'll use your ancestor as an example!



Italian Genealogy Roundtable

Saturday, Apr 29th


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

Long before the first marble and granite quarries opened in Vermont Italian immigrants had been arriving here. But with the wave of artisans, businessmen and expert stone carvers who began arriving in the last half of the 19th Century, Italian-Americans became a major ethnic population in the Green Mountain State. Their genealogical records are hidden in the town halls of Barre, Montpelier, Rutland and other towns.

Join us for a discussion by our members and other attendees of the most successful strategies for following the family histories of Vermont`s Italian settlers and pursuing those lines back to Italy. We`ll discuss useful websites and issues with language, record-keeping and naming conventions. Bring along your stories and the challenges you`ve faced as we collectively take a look at what works and where to search.

This talk is free and open to the public.






New York Research

May 6th


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 the 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 Dr. Anastasia Pratt, Clinton-County Historian, for a valuable look the Empire State's records.



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