Course Descriptions

 

Classes and Seminars

Courses are based on Microsoft Windows 10 operating system, except the Android and Apple iOS classes. Sessions are two hours in length unless otherwise noted. Students may need an email account ID & password and a flash drive for some classes. Students may bring a personal laptop or use a classroom PC when applicable.

Costs:         1 session/seminar = $10         2 sessions = $15         3 sessions = $20         4 sessions = $25

Windows Technology (PC Systems)


PC #1 – Getting Started with Your PC – Hands-On
(Basic Level)

Fee:                       $25.00

4 sessions.         Pre-Req: Little or no computer skills.

Instructors:       Alice Jones/Jennie Gunther

This course is for new users with limited or no computer experience who are starting to get familiar with a computer, mouse, and keyboard. Class exercises improve skills and teach participants to create and save short documents.


PC #2 – Getting Started – Internet and eMail
(Basic Level)

Fee:                      $20.00

3 sessions.        Pre-Req: Getting Started – Hands-On.

Instructors:      Alice Jones/Jennie Gunther

This course is for users with limited computer experience. Students are introduced to basic Internet usage;  sending and receiving email messages, and uploading/downloading attachments and photos.


PC #3 – Going Further with Your PC
(Intermediate Level)

Fee:                       $25.00

4 sessions.        Pre-Req: Getting Started courses or equivalent skills.

Instructor:        Tom Ogburn

This course is for students who have basic experience using the mouse and keyboard. Students will learn the basics of Windows 10: how to use the different features and functions, how to enter/edit text, and to save and retrieve data files.


PC #4 – File Explorer – Where’s My Stuff? 
(Intermediate Level)

Fee:                     $20.00

3 sessions.        Pre-Req: Going Further with Your PC or equivalent.

Instructor:       Jennie Gunther

This course offers ways to manage data stored in files and folders. Covers folder creation, structure, and organization using Windows File Explorer.


The Demise of Windows 7
(Basic Level)

Fee:                    $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-Req: None

Instructors:    Dick Stearns, Henry Spencer

The Windows 7 operating system reached the end of its life on January 14, 2020. Your computer will still run. BUT it may not be safe. Your computer will be at increased risk for viruses and other forms of malware because Microsoft will no longer provide updates of any kind, including critical security updates. What should you do? We will share what we know and suggest alternatives for you in this two-hour seminar.

 Windows 10: Features and Functions
(Advanced Level)

Fee:                     $15.00

2 sessions.        Pre-Req: some experience using Windows

Instructor:       Dick Stearns

Students will learn how to use the new features of Windows 10, such as the Start menu, Taskbar, and the Windows Store.

 Windows 10: Settings
(Advanced Level)

Fee:                      $15.00

2 sessions.         Pre-Req: Windows 10: Features & Functions or equivalent

Instructor:        Dick Stearns

Windows 10 has many options that enable you to customize the way your computer operates. Learn how to personalize the various screens, control notifications, protect your privacy, and much more.


Windows 10 Tips & Techniques
(Advanced Level)

Fee:                    $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-Req: Experienced PC User.

Instructor:      Tom Ogburn

This seminar will present some helpful tips and techniques for using Windows’ latest operating system. These techniques will guide the user to utilize Windows 10 more efficiently.


Windows Backup
(Advanced Level)

Fee:                    $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-Req: Going Further with Your PC or equivalent.

Instructor:      Tom Ogburn

Learn the importance of backing up your computer onto various storage devices. Students will learn how to automate regularly scheduled computer backups. Several methods of backing up data will be discussed.

Applications


Fun with Google Photos
(Intermediate Level)

Fee:                       $15.00

2 sessions         Pre-Req: Experienced PC user.

Instructor:        Nell Kilmartin

Google Photos is a basic organizing, editing, and sharing program which can be used on most devices. In this class, a PC will be used with some with mention of the differences using the App for mobile devices.


Create a Photo Book with Shutterfly
(Intermediate Level)

Fee:                      $15.00

2 sessions.        Pre-Req: Experienced PC user.

Instructor:       Nell Kilmartin

This two-session workshop will begin with a short introduction to the storage and editing features of the Shutterfly App followed by a step-by-step process of creating a multipage photo book using your own photos.


Google Can Do That?
(Intermediate Level)

Fee:                      $15.00

2 sessions.        Pre-Req: Going Further with Your PC or equivalent.

Instructor:       Alice Jones

Google is known primarily as a Search Engine, but it is way more than that. This class will cover more comprehensive ways of searching and using Maps, and include exercises to illustrate and use apps such as Photos, YouTube,  Google Play,  Contacts,  Gmail,  Calendar, and Google Drive,  Docs,  and Sheets.


Google – More Than a Search Engine
(Intermediate Level)

Fee:                       $10.00

Seminar.            Pre-Req: experience with internet browsing.

Instructor:       Alice Jones

When you have a question about something or want to learn more about it, you might say, “I’ll Google it”. But there’s more to Google than just Search capabilities – this seminar will introduce you to many of the other apps and functions that are part of Google.


Skype, An Introduction
(Intermediate Level)

Fee:                     $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-Req: Going Further with Your PC or equivalent.

Instructor:      Alice Jones, Tom Ogburn, Nell Kilmartin

Learn the basics of how to use Skype to communicate with family and friends. Skype is a free program that allows you to communicate by voice and video with other users around the world. Anyone with Internet access can create a Skype account.

MS OFFICE


MS Office: Excel: Level 1
(Basic Level)

Fee:                    $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-req: Experienced PC User

Instructor:     Will Barbee

This class starts with basic definitions of spreadsheets; continues with calculation examples, and discusses formatting and using colors in cells.


MS Office: Excel: Level 2
(Intermediate Level)

Fee:                     $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-Req: Excel Level 1 or experienced PC / Excel users.

Instructor:      Will Barbee

This class builds on the lessons in the Excel Level 1 class, adding more functions, how to find them, sorting data,  drawing a graph,  header/footer creation, and page-break previews.


MS Office: Word Level 1 — Introduction
(Basic Level)

Fee:                     $10.00

Seminar.           Pre-Req: Experienced PC user.

Instructor:      Will Barbee

This seminar gives an overview of text management using MS Word functions to create a document, including keying, font selection, numbered lists, spellcheck, page layout, using the Thesaurus and format styles.


MS Office: Word Level 2
(Intermediate Level)

Fee:                      $10.00

Seminar.           Pre-Req: MS Word 1 or experienced PC users familiar with MS Word.

Instructor:       Will Barbee

This class builds on the lessons in the MS Word 1 — Introduction class, adding data tables, using labels, Table of Contents and Tables of Figures and Citations.


MS Office: PowerPoint: An Introduction
(Basic Level)

Fee:                     $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-Req: Experienced PC user.

Instructor:      Will Barbee

Learn basic presentation definitions and how to create various page and slide types, and how to use transitions and other tips to produce effective presentations.

Using the Internet


Browsers: Using Chrome
(Intermediate Level)

Fee:                     $15.00

2 sessions.       Pre-Req: Getting Started or equivalent.

Instructor:      Henry Spencer

This class will teach students to install and use the popular and FREE internet browser Google Chrome.


Browsers: Using Edge
(Intermediate Level)

Fee:                     $15.00

2 sessions.       Pre-Req: Getting Started or equivalent.

Instructor:      Henry Spencer

Microsoft has come out with a totally new Edge browser. This class will teach students to install and use this new Internet browser. Edge comes FREE with Windows 10.


Cloud Computing – An Introduction
(Advanced Level)

Fee:                      $10.00

Seminar.           Pre-Req: Experienced PC/Windows user

Instructor:      Tom Ogburn

Introduction to Cloud Computing is an overview of the basics of using the “Cloud” for data storage, document backup, and utilizing cloud-based applications. We will discuss cloud vendor services like Microsoft’s OneDrive, Google Drive, DropBox, etc.


Connecting Using Facebook
(Basic/Intermediate Level)

Fee:                     $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-Req: PC & web browsing experience

Instructor:      Eileen Buch & Suzette Brown

Get connected! Find friends, family members, businesses, groups, organizations, and more using Facebook.  Set up an account, add a profile picture and information, and start posting, sharing, and learning.


Shopping Online with eBay
(Intermediate Level)

Fee:                     $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-Req: PC & web browsing experience

Instructor:      Eileen Buch

Have you thought about buying or selling on eBay? eBay is the place to buy almost anything you want and to sell almost anything you do not want.  Learn how to search, buy/sell items, shipping/receiving, and steps to get started.  Set up an eBay and PayPal account, if you can prior to class.  If not, you will want to after the class!


Travel Planning Using the Internet
(Basic Level)

Fee:                     $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-Req: None

Instructor:      Alice Jones

Learn the basics of how to use the internet to plan your trips, vacations, and more – explore travel sites, research specialty trips, make travel arrangements, explore tourist attractions.


Using Zoom as a Host/Presenter
(Basic)

Fee:                    $10

Workshop.      Pre-Req:  The workshop is open to anyone with basic computer/web browser experience

Instructor:     Tom Ogburn

Zoom is currently one of the more popular video conferencing tools.  This workshop will provide basic training to host Zoom presentations.  It will cover setting up a Zoom account, scheduling a meeting, sending out the Invite, including a sample template.  It will demonstrate how to manage attendees using various Zoom controls and features like – Waiting Room, Muting participants, etc. Will also demonstrate how to Share information and screen displays.


Using Zoom as a Participant
(Basic)

Fee:                    Free

Workshop.      Pre-Req:  The workshop is open to anyone with basic computer/web browser experience

Instructor:     Cynthia Gage

Zoom is one of the more popular video conferencing tools. Video conferencing allows attendees from around the globe to see and talk to each other for meetings, classes, business, and family experiences. Whether you are using Zoom for online education or to chat with friends, this workshop will teach participants about Zoom features: how to log into Zoom, will explain on-screen controls to help users control their experience.

Android Technology


Android:  Using Android Your Smartphone
(Basic Level)

Fee:                       $10.00

Seminar.             Pre-Req: Going Further with Your PC  or equivalent

Instructors:      Tom Ogburn, Jesse Waters, Ed Campbell

Learn the basics of how to use your Android-based Smartphone. Understand settings for safe and efficient use. Learn the practical use of your phone’s applications (Apps).


Android: Smartphone Settings Workshop
(Intermediate Level)

Fee:                       $10.00

Seminar.            Pre-Req: Using Your Android Smartphone or equivalent.

Instructors:      Tom Ogburn, Jesse Waters, Ed Campbell

Learn how to customize and personalize your Smartphone to meet your needs. Learn how to manage notifications and interruptions. Set up your Security management to protect your privacy. Learn how to extend the life of your Smartphone battery and much more.


Android: Smartphone Applications Workshop
(Intermediate Level)

Fee:                       $10.00

Seminar.            Pre-Req: Using Your Android Smartphone or equivalent.

Instructors:      Tom Ogburn, Jesse Waters, Ed Campbell

Learn how to use the Play Store, finding new applications, downloading them to your Smartphone. Learn all the tricks to take good pictures. Learn the Map application and how to use your GPS – never get lost again. Many, many applications are available for your Smartphone. We will cover as many as we can.


Android: Using Your Android Tablet
(Intermediate Level)

Fee:                    $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-Req: Using Your Android Smartphone or equivalent

Instructor:     Tom Ogburn

Need help getting your Android Tablet to work the way you would like? This Seminar will review the Tablet set-up options and operational considerations. Learn how to find, download, and set-up the applications you want and need. Learn to enjoy your Android Tablet.

Apple Technology


iOS #1: iPad/iPhone – Introduction to the Basics

Fee:                    $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-Req: None

Instructor:      Duane Reaugh

 This course will focus on mobile devices from Apple to illustrate their capabilities and underlying concepts.  In this course, you will be shown how to set up these devices and be provided with a brief overview of the many applications(apps) available including the “Find My” app. Bring your iPad and/or iPhone along as well as your Apple ID and password.


iOS #2: iPhone: Getting to Know Your iPhone

Fee:                    $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-Req: None

Instructor:      Duane Reaugh

This course will teach you how to get the most out of your Apple iPhone, including basic set up, making phone calls, and more advanced telephone features such as “Do Not Disturb” and, importantly, how to stop all those robocalls.  Bring your iPhone along as well as your Apple ID  and password.


iOS #3: iPad/iPhone: Going Further with Built-in Apps

Fee:                    $10.00

Seminar.         Pre-Req: iOS #1 Introduction to the Basics or  iOS#2  Getting to Know Your iPhone classes, or an intermediate iOS user.

Instructor:      Duane Reaugh

 Learn about the apps that were included with your iPhone/iPad; especially the Contacts, Calendar, Camera, Photos, and FaceTime Apps. Advanced settings will also be covered. Either “iOS1 – The Basics” or ”IOS2: Getting to Know Your iPhone” class is a prerequisite. Bring your iPad and or iPhone as well as your  Apple ID and password


iOS #4: iPhone/iPad: Enhance with New Content

Fee:                   $10.00

Seminar.         PreReq: Either iOS#1 Introduction to the Basics or iOS#2 Getting to Know Your iPhone or intermediate iOS user.

Instructor:      Duane Reaugh

There are over 2 million apps available, over 26 million songs, and millions of books that you can get for your iPhone/iPad. Learn how to search and download some of this great content from the App Store, the iTunes Store, and the iBooks Store as well as how to check out eBooks from the Wake County Public Library. Bring your iPad and/or iPhone along as well as your Apple ID and password.


iOS #5: iPad: Introduction to iCloud

Fee:                    $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-Req: iOS #1   Introduction to the Basics or  iOS#2  Getting to Know Your iPhone

Instructor:      Duane Reaugh

The iCloud service allows users to securely store personal computer files on Apple’s iCloud servers and access them from multiple devices. It also lets you sync multiple devices, including your iPad, iPhone, iPod, and PCs running Mac OS or Windows. Consider it a highly capable personal Internet hard drive! This class will show you how to set up an account and make the best use of the service. Bring your own iPad, iPhone or iPad Touch, your Apple ID & password.


iOS #6: iPhone/iPad: Getting to Know Siri

Fee:                     $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-Req: Intermediate device user.

Instructor:      Duane Reaugh

Siri is an Apple iPhone and iPad personal assistant app, using natural language to answer questions, make recommendations, and send requests to services such as OpenTable, Apple Maps, Settings, and more. This seminar will describe this technology and how to best use it.


iOS #7: Taking, Editing & Sharing your iPhone/iPad Photos

Fee:                     $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-Req: iOS #1   Introduction to the Basics or  iOS#2  Getting to Know Your iPhone or intermediate iOS user

Instructor:      Duane Reaugh

Over 80% of all photos are taken on mobile devices. Most of those photos are still only on the device that was used to take them. This workshop will discuss the best way to take, edit, and share those digital photos from your iPad/iPhone. Bring your iPad/iPhone and learn how to take, edit, and share great photos.

Other Technology

 


Chromebook – Introduction
(Basic Level)

Fee:                     $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-Req: None.

Instructor:      Henry Spencer

Chromebooks are a newer choice for users who do not need all of the functionality of a PC or Mac.  If you just use a computer to surf the Web, do email, stream services such as Netflix, do not need desktop software that you install on a computer such as Microsoft Office, and you do not need to store a lot of files on your computer, a Chromebook is a good choice for you.  Chromebooks are less expensive than PCs and Macs, easy to set up and use, and start-up and shut down in seconds.  They are very secure with built-in security, so you won’t have to worry about getting viruses.  This seminar will discuss the basics of how to buy and use a Chromebook and prepare users for a simpler, less expensive computing experience.


Cutting The Cable Cord – Save on HDTV
(Intermediate Level)

Fee:                     $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-Req: None

Instructor:      Tom Ogburn

Cable TV costs too much? Not happy about your channel choices? This class will help you with your choices for TV without cable. This class will help you save money while enjoying all the programs you like to watch.


Simplifying 5G and IoT
(Intermediate Level
)

Fee:                    $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-Req: None

Instructor:     Tom Ogburn

Have you seen the TV ads for 5G and wondered what they were talking about? They tell us 5G is coming — we better get ready. What are we supposed to do? How about IoT? Haven’t heard much about that? It is a very important part of new technology coming with 5G. This seminar will leave you with a new appreciation of technology evolution over the next 5-10 years and how our technology lives may change.


History of Information and Computing
(Intermediate Level
)

Fee:                     $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-Req: None

Instructor:     Tom Ogburn

Today we take all our information technology processing abilities and instant access to information for granted. This ability actually has evolved over thousands of years. Papyrus and ink were discovered around 2500 BC and the next 4500 years is packed full of many exciting inventions, machines, processes, and technologies that bring us to today. In this seminar,  you can take that exciting 4500 year trip in two hours and develop a deeper appreciation of what we have today.

Genealogy Courses

This is a collection of Seminars & Workshops open to anyone.   Topics may range from hardware tools, internet databases (like Ancestry.com and FamilySearch), offline family tree apps (like FamilyTreeMaker and RootsMagic), research tips, finding aids, records, and much more. Students are encouraged to bring their own questions, family challenges, brick walls to class.  Students may select the sessions that are of most interest to them.


Ancestry.com #1 – Genealogy Overview
(Intermediate Level)

Fee:                     $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-Req: Computer user, some browsing internet experience. 

Instructor:      Henry Spencer

This seminar will provide an overview of the genealogy hobby including DNA testing and building a family tree.  The instructor will demonstrate using Ancestry.com. Q/A included in the class.


Ancestry.com #2 – Getting Started with Ancestry.com
(Intermediate Level)

Fee:                    $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-Req: Knowledgeable computer users, experienced with Web browsing, and are beginning or casual Ancestry.com users.

Instructor:      Henry Spencer

This seminar will explain how to create an account with Ancestry.com and how to get started building your family tree. It will include overviews of working with Hints (“green leaves”) and using the Search feature. ​The instructor will demonstrate. Q/A included in the class.


Ancestry.com #3 – More topics on working with Ancestry.com
(Intermediate Level)

Fee:                     $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-Req: Knowledgeable computer users with Web browsing experience and are beginning or casual Ancestry.com users.

Instructor:      Henry Spencer

This seminar will demonstrate more Ancestry.com topics building on what was covered in the Getting Started with Ancestry.com seminar. It will include information on how to work with other genealogy sites including FindAGrave. Other miscellaneous topics will be covered such as sharing your tree, working with Settings, and the Ancestry.com Home screen. The instructor will demonstrate. Q/A included in the class.


Ancestry.com #4 – Ancestry.com Workshop
(Intermediate Level)

Fee:                     $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-Req: Ancestry.com account and some experience.  The workshop is open to anyone who has a current  Ancestry.com  account, has some experience with  Ancestry.com,  or has taken  Ancestry.com #2 and Ancestry.com #3.

Instructor:     Henry Spencer

This workshop is presented as a forum to promote best practices, address students’ questions, issues, problems, and/or suggestions about using the  Ancestry.com web site. Topics raised by students will be discussed in class.  The instructor will lead the class with a demonstration of  students’ topics and/or the student can demonstrate. 


Ancestry.com #5 – Making sense of your Ancestry DNA Test Results
(Intermediate Level)

Fee:                     $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-Req: Knowledgeable computer users, experienced with Web browsing.

Instructor:      Henry Spencer

This seminar is intended for students who have had their DNA tested by Ancestry.com. It will benefit students who either have an Ancestry tree linked to their test results or have just had their DNA test completed and do not yet have a tree. Users without a tree can view their DNA results without having to pay for an Ancestry subscription. Students who already have a tree on Ancestry will already have an account. Subjects of the seminar will cover ethnicity results, DNA match lists, and techniques to find matched people in those lists. The instructor will demonstrate. Q/A included in the class.


GenHelp (partnered with Wake County Genealogical Society)
(Basic Level)

Fee:                   FREE

Seminar.         Pre-Req:  None.  The workshop is open to anyone who is interested in genealogy and family history. 

Moderators:   Henry Spencer and Cynthia Gage

Wake County Genealogical Society and Raleigh SeniorTechEd are pleased to partner to offer GenHelp – monthly virtual sessions to provide free genealogy assistance to hobbyists the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm ET.  Anyone with genealogy or family history-related questions is welcome to our help session. It is not necessary to be a member of the Society to participate and there is no cost. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and share knowledge during the 90-minute session. The session will be moderated. Please note this program will not include research requests or queries; all assistance will be given only within the time constraints of the monthly virtual session.

Register for either November or December session.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Genealogy Series #1: Basic Genealogy Concepts
(Basic Level)

Fee:                   $10.00

Seminar.         Pre-Req:  None.  The workshop is open to anyone who is interested in genealogy and family history. 

Instructor:      Jennie Gunther

This session introduces genealogy basic concepts:  how and where to start, basic recording forms, beginning the family tree, organizing manual and digital files, inventorying artifacts, local resources, and much, much more.


Genealogy Series #2: Organizing Your Genealogy “Stuff”
(Basic Level)

Fee:                    $10.00

Seminar.         Pre-Req:  Basic Genealogy Concepts or equivalent experience. 

Instructor:     Jennie Gunther

This session will suggest various tools and techniques to organize the digital and manual “pile” of information generated by genealogy research, including color-coding systems, numbering systems, file naming, basic recording forms, beginning the family tree, organizing manual and digital files, inventorying artifacts, local resources, and much, much more.


Genealogy Series #3: Planting the Seeds of Your Family Tree
(Basic Level)

Fee:                   $10.00

Seminar.         Pre-Req:  Basic Genealogy Concepts or equivalent experience. 

Instructor:     Jennie Gunther

Following the overview in Basic Concepts, this workshop will lead students to start their own Family Tree – both manually and electronically. Exercises will include completing standard genealogy forms, creating an online Family Tree using the FREE FamilySearch database, reviewing the Ancestry.com app, and conducting some online research.


Genealogy Series #4: Climbing Your Family Tree
(Basic Level)

Fee:                      $10.00

Seminar.           Pre-Req: Basic Genealogy Concepts or equivalent experience.

Instructor:      Jennie Gunther

Following the overview in Basic Concepts, this workshop will lead students to start their own Family Tree – both manually and electronically. Exercises will include completing standard genealogy forms, creating an online Family Tree using the free FamilySearch database, reviewing the Ancestry.com app, and conducting some online research.


Genealogy Series #5: Citing Your Sources
(Basic Level)

Fee:                      $10.00

Seminar.           Pre-Req: Some experience working with genealogy or family history.

Instructor:      Jennie Gunther

In real estate, it’s “Location – Location – Location” In genealogy research, it’s “Documentation – Documentation – Documentation.” This workshop will describe what genealogy sources are, the need to cite the sources used as documentation for genealogy research, and how to properly format the various types of citations, including web-based sources.


Genealogy Series: Databases – Family Search
(Basic Level)

Fee:                    $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-Req:  None.  The workshop is open to anyone who is interested in genealogy and family history. 

Instructor:     Sue Olmstead

This is an introduction to the Church of Latter-Day Saints free online program called Family Search. It has an international scope and the ability to search and now see many of the records that used to be on the LDS microfilm. There are many features such as their Research Wiki, that will assist you in the geographical areas that you are searching.


Genealogy Series: Databases – Family Tree Maker
(Basic Level)

Fee:                     $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-Req:  None.  The workshop is open to anyone who is interested in genealogy and family history. 

Instructor:      Sue Olmstead

Family Tree Maker is a software database app that allows you to organize your genealogical data, with the ability to synchronize (download, and if you like, upload) your data with other genealogical databases, like Ancestry. The latest update, the 2019 version, is expected out in Fall 2019, which we hope to demonstrate. A companion program, Charting Companion 7, will also be demonstrated.


Genealogy Series: Resources – Bricks & Mortar
(Basic Level)

Fee:                     $10.00

Workshop.       Pre-Req: Excel Level 1 & Excel Level 2 or experience with MS-Excel spreadsheets – – sorting, formulas.

Instructor:      Jennie Gunther

Workshop Pre-Req: None. The workshop is open to anyone who is interested in genealogy and family history subjects.

This session will address “on-the-ground” resources such as libraries, Family History Centers, museums, books, magazines, diaries and journals, “Grandma’s Attic,” and interviews of family relatives as sources of family history information.


Genealogy Series:  Resources – More Libraries and Archives for Genealogists
(Basic Level)

Fee:                    $10.00

Seminar.         Pre-Req:  None.  The workshop is open to anyone who is interested in genealogy and family history. 

Instructor:    Sue Olmstead

The variety of libraries and archives that are available by visiting in person or online can give genealogists a wealth of information to document their research. Each will have distinct types of records that can supply proofs for your research, background for your written family history, or clues to where to search next.


Genealogy Series: Resources – Newspapers for Genealogy Part 1: Getting Started
(Basic Level)

Fee:                    $10.00

Workshop.      Pre-Req: None.  This workshop is open to anyone interested in genealogy and family history.

Instructor:      Cynthia Gage

This session will cover what you can find in newspapers; how to find newspaper titles; which titles still exist for the locales and timeframes of your interest. Sites with digitized papers will be discussed. Features of Chronicling America, one of the primary free sites for newspaper research, will be demonstrated.


Genealogy Series: Resources – Newspapers for Genealogy Part 2: Finding & Organizing
(Basic Level)

Fee:                    $10.00

Workshop.      Pre-Req: None. The workshop is open to anyone interested in genealogy and family history.

Instructor:      Cynthia Gage

This session builds on Newspapers Part 1 and will cover other free websites for newspaper research. Strategies for increasing your success will be presented along with a method for organizing and tracking news articles. Features of The Ancestor Hunt will be discussed and demonstrated, along with adding newspaper articles to your Ancestry.com account.

Genealogy Series:  Societies
(Basic Level)

Fee:                     $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-Req:  None.  The workshop is open to anyone who is interested in genealogy and family history. 

Instructor:      Sue Olmstead

Societies come in many types: historical, genealogical, lineage, occupation-related, ethnic, common research topic, military, religious et al.    We will start to scratch the surface and learn about resources that may open new avenues of research to enhance the understanding of your ancestors’ background. 


Genealogy Series: Tech Tools to Aid Genealogy
(Basic Level)

Fee:                    $10.00

Seminar.          Pre-Req:  None.  The workshop is open to anyone who is interested in genealogy and family history. 

Instructor:      Jennie Gunther

Topics range from hardware tools, internet databases, offline family tree apps, research tips, finding aids, and much, much more.


Genealogy Series: Tech Tools – EXCEL for Genealogy
(Basic Level)

Fee:                     $10.00

Workshop:      Pre-Req: Excel Level 1 & Excel Level 2 or experience with MS-Excel spreadsheets — sorting, formulas.

Instructor:      Jennie Gunther

Microsoft Excel can be a very useful tool for genealogists to create forms, organize their findings, track their sources, and create Timelines. In this workshop, students will create a Life timeline for an ancestor, learn how to sort dates, create some research tracking documents and basic forms.


Genealogy Series: More Tools & Websites
(Basic Level)

Fee:                     $10.00

Seminar.           Pre-Req:  None.  The workshop is open to anyone who is interested in genealogy and family history. 

Instructor:      Sue Olmstead

This is a continuation of the topic of online tools that are useful to genealogists and writers of family history. They include but are not limited to: YouTube, gleanings from Geoff Rasmussen’s Tech Tools webinars, Timelines & tools to supply background or context, translation of foreign texts, GenScriber, Snap Tool, the US GenWeb,  and International GenWeb, Deedmapper, et al.