FLORENCE – A series of genealogy courses will be offered at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library on four Tuesdays in January from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day in the Library Collaboratory on the second floor. Classes will be led by local history and genealogy associate, Lee Freeman; Digital Archivist, Colby Dow; and the local assistant historian, Jordan Collier.
The courses are as follows:
• January 4 – Basic introduction to genealogy.
This course will review the basic research procedures used in genealogical research and discuss some of the basic types of genealogical records available online. They include census registers, land registers, civil status registers, probate registers and military registers. Since many genealogical records (especially national and local records) are not available online, participants will benefit from a brief tour of the library’s local history-genealogy department to familiarize themselves with its document collections. .
• January 11 – Introduction to family tracing and ancestry.
This course will introduce participants to ancestry and FamilySearch.org websites and teach them how to navigate those sites to locate the necessary records. It will compare and contrast the sites.
• January 18 – Introduction to fold3 and Journaux.com.
This course will familiarize participants with the Fold3 and Journaux.com sites and teach them how to navigate these sites during their research.
• January 25 – Basic introduction to digital archives.
This course will provide an overview of the services offered by the digital archives of the library. Topics to cover include accessing digital archives, the different collections within the archives, how to search digital archives, and how to add documents to digital archives.
Classes are free, however registration IS MANDATORY for each class. Register by emailing [email protected] or call 256-764-6564, ext. 130. Genealogy courses are very popular and fill up quickly