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Beginning Genealogy Course, Part I

Registration now open for the Beginning Genealogy Course, Part I
This course is intended for the new genealogist or those that are re-starting after a long absence and wish to learn how to conduct genealogical research in the most efficient way. At the end of this 7-session course, students will come away knowing how to organize and record their research, conduct efficient research on the internet, where to find vital records and their substitutes when they are unavailable, and conduct research in census, church, cemetery, and other records.
Classes will be held on the second and fourth Wednesdays from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the Family History Center, 500 S. Langley Ave. on the following dates:
Part I
January 8, 2020
Wednesday, 2:00 – 3:30
Getting Started: Organization & Software 
Google Searches, Google Books, Google Scholar
Instructor: Amy Urman
January 22, 2020.
Wednesday, 2:00 – 3:30
Home and Local Resources:
Types of Sources, Recording Information, Forms
Instructor: Denni Ann Gershaw-Smith

February 12, 2020
Wednesday, 2:00 – 3:30
Vital and Substitute Records
Instructor: Amy Urman
February 26, 2020
Wednesday, 2:00 – 3:30
Searching on Ancestry and FamilySearch
Instructor: Sherri Hessick
March 11, 2020
Wednesday, 2:00 – 3:30
Understanding Census Records: More Than Just Names
Instructor: Sherri Hessick
March 25, 2020
Wednesday, 2:00 – 3:30
 Record Types: Church and Cemetery
Instructor: Amy Urman
April 8, 2020 
Wednesday, 2:00 – 3:30 
Newspapers Research
Squeezing out the clues:  Extracting information
Hands-on examination of different types of documents
Instructor: Amy Urman
Participation is limited to 22 students, but we will keep a wait list. 
The presentations will be recorded and the recordings will be available for student viewing for 60 days following the end of the course. 
Participants are expected to complete and submit all homework assignments by noon, Sunday prior to the following class. The homework will not be graded.
Students will receive a certificate of completion if they have attended at least six of the seven class sessions in person and submitted all the required homework. In addition, students that have successfully completed this course will have priority registration for the Beginning Genealogy Course, Part II, when it is released. The Part II course will consist of the following subjects:
  1. Courthouse Records
  2. Collateral Research/FAN Club and Finding Records in Archives and PERSI
  3. Land Records
  4. Military Records
  5. Immigration and Naturalization
  6. Locality Report and Ancestor Timelines
  7. Developing a Research Plan
The tuition is $10 for PCGS members; $20 for non-members. Register online by going to the PCGS Marketplace. You may pay online with a credit card or print the form and mail it in with your check payable to PCGS, P.O. Box 16421, Tucson, AZ 85732-6421. Members, please remember to login before registering to receive the member discount price.
Registration & Payment Deadline is December 31, 2019.

All cancellations must be in writing. After 1 January 2020 no refunds will be provided. 

By filling out the registration form, the participant gives consent to allow their photograph to be taken during the course and used in Society printed and online publications.