If you’d like to take the upcoming genealogy workshop at the Redwood Falls Public Library, at least you had a chance to read about it here, first.

“We offered this workshop last year and the class filled from word of mouth among the genealogy crowd before we had a chance to do any publicity,” stated library clerk Molly Schweinfurter. 

The workshop was such a hit the library is offering a second, expanded workshop for 2011.

 

If you’d like to take the upcoming genealogy workshop at the Redwood Falls Public Library, at least you had a chance to read about it here, first. “We offered this workshop last year and the class filled from word of mouth among the genealogy crowd before we had a chance to do any publicity,” stated library clerk Molly Schweinfurter.  The workshop was such a hit the library is offering a second, expanded workshop for 2011. “This fall we plan to offer the workshop twice, the first on Wednesday evenings in October and the second session on Wednesday mornings in November,” said Schweinfurter. The sessions will include an overview of Beginner’s Genealogy, information about local genealogy and historical groups and sites, as well as two sessions about online genealogy,” said Schweinfurter. Today, much genealogical study is done in front of computers, exploring the Internet’s resources. Many government, church, and family records around the world have been scanned, and are available as part of large data bases. Knowing where to look to find them can be the hard part, and much of the library’s workshop will focus on that cutting edge knowledge. In the old days, studying your genealogy meant wearing out lots of shoe leather, slogging through dusty old records, and rooting through old museum storerooms. Luckily, that’s still a big part of genealogy. The Internet hasn’t killed all the fun. To help explain non-Internet resources, the library plans to bring in several museum curators to show what you can learn by leaving the computer and exploring out in the real world. “Last year we had participants from all over Redwood County.We had people from their late-20s to seniors, with a wide variety of computer skills,” said Schweinfurter. The workshops are open to anyone interested in finding out where they came from, and needed the resources to find it. However, the number is limited to 12 participants, the number of computers the library has available at one time. “We like to have a group atmosphere, with everyone learning from each other,” Schweinfurter said. She added that if the second workshop goes over well, the library is considering starting a genealogy group that would meet monthly, similar to the way the book club does.