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Genealogy for Beginners
This two-part class is an introduction to genealogy and the process involved in finding more about your family history. The focus will be on essential on-line sources of US based information including the Federal census, vital records, as well as immigration and naturalization records. We will also discuss how best to organize and document the data you will be collecting. Instructor Francoise Lampe has extensive experience doing genealogical research in the US, France and Germany.

2 Sessions $ 52 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 44)
Mon., 10/17 and 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. on Zoom


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. $ 26)
Mon., 11/7 from 6 to 8 p.m. on 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.

1 Session $ 31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 26)
Mon., 11/14 from 6 to 8 p.m. on Zoom