Spring 2019 Genealogy Classes!

It’s that time of the year again, folks – we are announcing our 2019 classes!  Please note that several of these are TENTATIVE. The North Adams classes beginning on March 11 are finalized, but we are still working out the details for the rest.  We will update you as soon as everything is set, but we wanted to give you a heads up that we are coming to a town near you very soon.

Here is our upcoming Class Schedule.

Would you like us to provide a series of classes at your library or facility?  Click Here to find out more.

Ancestry Class at The Berkshire Athenaeum – December 11, 2018 at 2 pm.

December 11, 2018:  Tuesday (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)  Join The Western Mass Roots Events team for a new two hour session entitled “One Family’s History – from 1840 to 1940” using the US Census and Ancestry Library Edition.

In this class, presented by Cathi Iuliano, you will learn how to search for relatives listed on the US Census using the Library Edition of Ancestry. A single family will be traced from 1940 back to 1840, and a sketch of their lives will be constructed using the census and additional documents found on Ancestry. Computer literacy and an email account are required. A personal Ancestry.com account is not necessary to take the class.

Registration is required and seating is limited so please call The Berkshire Athenaeum at 413-499-9486, extension 6, to sign up. You may bring your own laptops for use during class.  There is no charge for this class.

Irish Language Classes at Elms College

Elms College is once again offering a series of non-credit Irish Language classes beginning this month.  There’s still time to register for several of the classes, but they start soon so don’t delay if you’re interested.

For further information, cost, directions, class descriptions and registration information, visit this announcement at the Irish Cultural Center website.

Online Course from American Ancestors

Researching Irish Ancestors

Wednesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28, and April 4, 2018, 6:00–7:30 PM EST
Cost: $125
Today, more than 35 million Americans claim Irish ancestry—more than seven times the size of the population of Ireland itself! But tracing one’s Irish roots is not without its challenges. Common names, loss of records, and elusive parish origins are just some of the obstacles facing family historians. Led by the Irish experts at NEHGS, this five-week course will provide you with tips, tools, resources, and strategies for making progress in your research. Topics include: immigration and settlement patterns to the United States and Canada; identifying your ancestor’s exact origins; a survey of online, published, and original Irish records; planning a research trip to Ireland; and techniques for breaking down brick walls.
Can’t attend a live broadcast? You can still enroll! All sessions are recorded and posted to the course webpage. Participants have exclusive access to these recordings and other course materials for at least three months after the final class presentation.
Click HERE to register

Free Webinar from American Ancestors

Creating a Research Plan: Tips from NEHGS Research Services

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 3:00–4:00 PM EST
Presented by Lindsay Fulton, Director of Research Services
Free and open to the public
With all of the genealogical information at your fingertips today, it’s easy to become overwhelmed, go down research rabbit holes, and lose focus. In this webinar, NEHGS Director of Research Services, Lindsay Fulton will offer tips on how to make a research plan and stick to it! Using templates, worksheets, and other research tools available at AmericanAncestors.org, you’ll learn how to stay organized and get the most out of your research time.
Click HERE to register!