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Genealogy for Beginners
This two part class will get you started on finding out about your family history and organizing and documenting the data you collected using mostly free sites on the internet. We will cover essential sources of information including the United States Census and vital records, as well as immigration and naturalization 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 15 years. Her research led her to visit ancestral villages in Germany. Class Limit 7.

Available Fall 2021. Please email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com or call (203) 431-2812.


French and French Canadian Genealogy
If you are a descendant of French or French Canadian ancestors, your ancestors are 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, France and Germany.

1 Session $ 31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 25)
Thur., 5/20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Zoom.


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 U.S., France and Germany.

Available Fall 2021. Please email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com or call (203) 431-2812.