Every third Saturday of the month, with the exception of December, Eastern Washington Genealogical Society members can attend members-only computer classes held in the Gates Computer Lab of the Downtown Branch of the Spokane Public Library. Various members take turns presenting the information in three hour-long class times which can accommodate 15 people each.
Today's presentation was supposed to be on Animap, but the instructor fell ill. Playing a bit of musical chairs with the schedule, I volunteered to present my topic, "Finding Volunteer (and Low-Cost) Researchers Online," which I had already had practice presenting at the March LDS Genealogy Conference.
In my class, I will carefully explain that there is definitely a time and place for hiring the expertise of a certified, professional genealogist, and that this information is not to be used in place of such services. But sometimes we simply need an extra hand or one or two records looked up. In these cases, finding a quality volunteer or low-cost lookup researcher can be indispensable! Genealogy is one of those areas where volunteerism works at its best!
If you would like a copy of my syllabus, please contact me. My e-mail is available by clicking on the "About Me" section (see right-hand menu).