As genealogists, we are most grateful to the Mid-County Regional Library for providing two excellent subscription websites at no charge: Ancestry, Library Edition and HeritageQuest Online. Ancestry is accesible on the library's computers while in the library. HeritageQuest is accesible through the library from your home if you have a library card. To assure that those using these programs will get the most benefit, the following classes are provided at various times and library locations in Charlotte County. These classes are free.
For more information, contact Jim Maloney, Education Chair.
DNA and Genetic Genealogy by Kathleen J. Callanan
Molecular Genealogy is the application of DNA to traditional genealogical research.
DNA and Genealogy
Molecular Genealogy is the application of DNA to traditional genealogical research. Attend this class to help decide if DNA testing is for you. CLICK HERE to download the class handout.
African American Genealogy, Introduction to
Join us in an informal discussion about getting started on a search for your African-American roots.
Learn how to use the world's largest family history genealogy resource. Start with your family tree. Browse census records and much more online. The Library edition of Ancestry.com is available at no charge in the library with your library card. ANCESTRY LIBRARY EDITION VS. ANCESTRY.COM CLICK HERE to download the class handout.
Vital records are the birth, marriage and death certificates. Often, by this focus, we miss many other records that are avail. Should the courthouse have burned, we are lost. Learn a host of other sources that can provide vital information in discovering our ancestors’ lives.
This class focuses on researching genealogy in Canada and covers a wide variety of resources available online. CLICK HERE to download the class handout.
Census in Depth
Learn how to look at the census records again to find information you may have missed the first time around.
City directories can provide many hints about your ancestors, including family members, occupations, and close relatives. This class presents methods on how to best use city directories in your research.
European Migration to the U.S.
Learn who migrated to the US, when, and why they came. CLICK HERE to download the class handout.
Family Tree Maker
Family Tree Maker software is a popular tool which you can use on your computer to manage your genealogy files. This group meets monthly to share tips and learn new techniques.
Family Tree Maker Software
Learn how to use Family Tree Maker software to manage your genealogy files. This class will explore how to perform basic tasks.
Genealogy and Social Networks
Facebook and YouTube are great places to get family information and also to take a genealogy class. But do they violate basic privacy rights as normally observed by genealogists? Attend this class to find out.
Genealogy on the Internet
This class introduces you to some useful free genealogy databases.
German Genealogy, Introduction to
Where do you begin when you find an ancestor who came from Germany? What do you need to know to trace the family back to Germany? Get an overview of German genealogy research to get started on the right trail.
Getting Started in Genealogy
An informal class using the forum method to help with beginning genealogy problems. Limited to 12 participants. Sign-up is required. CLICK HERE to download the class handout.
Getting the Most From HeritageQuest.com
Learn to use Heritage Quest Online and its many free databases, including census records, books, and Revolutionary War pension records. This program can be used from your home by entering your library card number in the space provided on the library website: http://charlottecountyfl.com/library/ > Online Databases > Peronal Interests > Heritage Quest.CLICK HERE to download the class handout.
Learn how to use Google Earth for genealogy research. Locate and view the neighborhoods and even homes in the towns where your ancestors once lived, whether in the US or overseas. Click here to download the class handout.
The Charlotte County library system offers free access to these two genealogical websites. Learn what you can find there and the best ways to locate useful information.
Irish Genealogy Introduction
Learn where to find information on researching Irish ancestors.
Internet researching - CLICK HERE to download class handout.
Irish naming patterns - CLICK HERE to download class handout.
Where did they come from in Ireland? - CLICK HERE to download class handout.
Legacy Genealogy Software
What is Legacy software? Where can you get the program? Review of the program and demonstration of its use.
Familysearch.org is a free website with many useful records, but it is updated often. Find out what has changed recently at new.familysearch.org.
Personal Ancestral File Genealogy Software (PAF)
What is PAF? Where can you get this program and at what cost? Review of the program and demonstration of its use.
Using Free Genealogical Websites
There are so many genealogy sites on the Internet, and some of the largest charge big dollars to subscribe. Learn about the free sites that are available and how to put them to good use in your research.
Write Your Family History
A Power Point presentation followed by discussion on the choice of software. Establish an outline, get your idea across, add pictures and charts for emphasis and proof later. To whom are you going to furnish copies and in what form?