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Genealogy for Beginners
The primary goal of this two-part class is for you to learn how to organize your family facts into a tree and to learn much more by using mostly free sites on the internet.  Various topics will be studied including the United States census, military, land, and immigration records.  A brief introduction to finding records outside the USA and about how DNA is used in genealogy will be included. Instructor Eileen Burton has been involved in genealogy as a serious hobby for over 10 years. Her research led to a trip to Germany to visit the villages of her ancestors. Class Limit 7.

2 Sessions $ 49 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 39)
Wed., 1/23 & 30 (2 to 4 p.m.); Town Hall Annex


2 Sessions $ 49 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 39)
Wed., 3/27 & 4/3 from 7 to 9 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School


French and French Canadian Genealogy
If you are a descendant of French or French Canadian ancestors, you are fortunate to have ancestors among the best documented people in the world. This workshop focuses on resources available on-line to help you trace your family history in France and in the French Canadian Province of Quebec and highlights the commonality between French and French Canadian church records. The French genealogy section details what vital, census and military records are available from the French archives and how these data bases can be accessed. The French Canadian genealogy section lays out on-line resources available for the region of Quebec covering the work of earlier genealogists such as Joseph Drouin and Rev. Cyprien Tanguay, the Canadian archives census records and the Quebec notarial records. Specific techniques and challenges of French Canadian genealogy such as “dit-names” are also discussed. Instructor Francoise Lampe has extensive experience doing genealogical research in the US and abroad. Her areas of expertise are US, French and German genealogy.

1 Session $ 31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 24)
Wed., 2/13 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.; Town Hall Annex



German Genealogy
This workshop focuses on US and German on-line resources available to locate German ancestors and on how to overcome the challenges unique to German genealogy. The course includes a discussion of German history and geography, immigration and emigration of ethnic Germans, church and civil records, given and family names, gothic script and how to use use maps and gazetteers to locate the German village of origin. Besides vital and census records, other sources of information such as passenger lists, city directories and newspapers are also discussed. Instructor Francoise Lampe has extensive experience doing genealogical research in the US and abroad. Her areas of expertise are US, French and German genealogy.

1 Session $ 31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 24)
Wed., 2/20 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.; Town Hall Annex