Classes

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October 15, 22, 29 and November 12 & 19, 2019:  Tuesdays – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm OR 5:15 pm – 7:15 pm.  Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA.  Laptops will be available for the 2:00 pm sessions.  Participants should bring their own laptops/tablets to classes 2, 3, 4, and 5 for the 5:15 pm sessions.  Call the library at 413-499-9486, ext. 6,  to register.

November 25 and December 2, 9, 16, & 23, 2019:  Mondays – 5:15 pm – 7:15 pm.  North Adams Public Library, 74 Church Street, North Adams, MA.  Participants should bring their own laptops/tablets to sessions 4 and 5 only.  To register, please call the library at 413-662-3133.

– Class Descriptions –

Hands-on Genealogy with Alan Doyle Horbal, professional genealogist, along with Cathi Iuliano and Susan Bedard.

Basic outline and instruction on researching the 1900, 1920, 1920, 1930 and 1940 US Census.  Learn how to find your ancestors’ emigration to the US using the http://stevemorse.org website and the www.ellisisland.org website, along with several other databases.  Discover how to search for family members outside of the US using http://familysearch.org.  We will explore England, Canada, and Poland along with other countries.

All students must have an email account and be computer literate.  Space is limited.  Please register for sessions by calling the number(s) listed above. The classes are progressive; therefore we ask that you attend all classes in the series.


Our class schedule has been expanded to five sessions.  Session three of the class series consists of the following class (This class may also be presented as a standalone session):

“One Family’s History – from 1840 to 1940” using the US Census and Ancestry

Join the Western Mass Roots Events team for this class, presented by Cathi Iuliano.  You will learn how to search for individuals listed in the US Census using Ancestry’s Search and Suggested Records features. A single family will be traced back from 1940 to 1840, and a sketch of their lives will be constructed using the census and additional documents found on Ancestry. A personal Ancestry.com account is helpful, but not necessary to take the class.  Ancestry Library Edition will be used in the class when available.