Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Who do you think you are?

The new television show Who Do You Think You Are? (NBC primetime) has stirred up interest in this fun hobby of tracing a family tree. So I'm bringing back my Genealogy 101 class. This year I'm going to make it a two-part class. Part 1 will be on June 19 from 10:15am - 11:45am in the Dulaney Room of the Roy & Helen Hall Library (101 E. Hunt Street, McKinney, 75069). We will talk about the four corners of the puzzle of an individual, the correct way to record your data for other researchers to understand and to save you research time in the future, where to look for the records you need, and distribute helpful forms for recording your data. Part 2 will be on June 26 from 10:15am - 11:45am in the Genealogy Department of this same library. Often a new researcher learns the basics of research, then sits down to a computer and gets frustrated trying to find the records. The fact is only about 90% of what you need has been digitized to computer access; this means you need to get into the books. But how do you walk into a library and know which books might help you and which might be a total waste of your time? Part 2 is where we'll cover this valuable information by meeting in the department and looking at the books. Since we do have a "hands-on" part to this workshop attendance is limited to the first 15 people to register. You can register by sending me an email at tluscombe@mckinneytexas.org. If you have any questions about the class you can call me at 972-547-7323.

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