Sunday, September 30, 2007

Online Genealogy Class Starts Tomorrow

It's not too late to sign up for my Beginning Online Genealogy class through the Community Colleges of Spokane's Institute for Extended Learning! Even though the first class will be held tomorrow evening, Monday, October 1st from 6:00 - 8:00 PM, you can call the IEL during business hours tomorrow at (509) 279-6000 to enroll. We will be meeting every Monday evening until October 22nd at the Spokane Valley IEL location, Centerplace at Mirabeau.

This class will cover the basics of genealogy including using basic forms; finding genealogy software; interviewing family members; using vital, cemetery and census records; citing your sources and tracking your research; and using the Internet to begin building your family tree by visiting popular genealogy database websites. We will also explore networking such as using or reading message boards, mailing lists, online newsletters and blogs. Basic preservation of family documents and photos will also be included. Competency in using the Internet and having an e-mail address is a requirement for this class.

For those who have taken this course already, we are now offering an Intermediate Online Genealogy class beginning January 28th. This will be a six-week class on using military, court, land, and immigration records, as well as exploring some of the newer genealogical and historical websites, such as Footnote and WorldVitalRecords. Spokane-area residents, look for your Winter Quarter community college catalog to enroll in that class.

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