Friday, August 5, 2011

Fall Genealogy & Local History Workshop Series

The Champaign County Historical Archives is pleased to announce the Fall 2011 Genealogy and Local History workshops, held in conjunction with Parkland College.

To register, please call Parkland College at (217) 353-2055, or pick up an application at the The Champaign County Historical Archives on the second floor of The Urbana Free Library today!

The workshops:

Genealogy Software Showcase

FREE! No registration required.

Expert demonstrations of multiple genealogical software programs for both PC and MAC platforms. Walk-ins welcome and everyone is invited!

Date: Saturday, August 6
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: The Lewis Auditorium at The Urbana Free Library

Genealogy Software Showcase Schedule:

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. • Legacy Family Tree with Candace Wilmot

10:45 - 11:45 a.m. • Reunion ( MAC application) with Ann Salzmann

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. • Personal Ancestral File with Nicole Miller

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. • Family Tree Maker with Matt Helm

Introduction to Genealogy

Dates: Thursdays, August 25 - October 13
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Course Number: WCE 616-001
Fee: $65
Registration Deadline: August 18
Location: The Champaign County Historical Archives at The Urbana Free Library

Description: Genealogist Nicole Miller will help you get started on your family history by learning how to collect information from a variety of sources, including vital records, census data, maps, land records, and websites. You will also learn the crucial task of organizing and analyzing your information.

Organizing & Writing Your Family History

Date: Saturday, September 24
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Course Number: WLI 707-001
Fee: $20
Registration Deadline: September 16
Location: The Lewis Auditorium at The Urbana Free Library

Description: Make your research efforts more efficient so your results are easier to read, digest, and share. Stephen Szabados, genealogy researcher, will review a simple method of organizing research into readable documents while revealing nontraditional sources of information that can add rare treasures to your history. He will also highlight more advanced formats that can turn your history into a "must-read" for your family.

Please note: This workshop is not a how-to workshop on family history publishing.

Irish Genealogy

Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 10:00 AM - Noon
Course Number: WLI 802-001
Fee: $15
Registration Deadline: September 30
Location: The Lewis Auditorium at The Urbana Free Library

Description: Genealogical Society member David Hass will introduce you to methods for researching your ancestors from Ireland. Topics include: on overview of Irish history, study of surnames, available historical records, and research strategies for working with church, census, civil, tax, property, and other records. Advanced topics will be explored.

We look forward to seeing you at one of these exciting programs!

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