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Building Skills for Successful Family History Research

California Genealogical Society & Library

Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 1:00 PM - Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 3:30 PM (PST)

Building Skills for Successful Family History Research

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
CGS Member Mar 11, 2017 $120.00 $0.00
Non-Member Mar 11, 2017 $160.00 $0.00
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Building Skills for Successful Family History Research


This course will be conducted in four Saturday sessions. These sessions will run:

March 11,  1:00pm to 3:30pm,

March 25,  two sessions: 10:00am to 12:00 noon & 1:00pm to 3:30pm,

April 8,      1:00pm to 3:30pm.  


This new series is for beginning researchers and anyone who wants to build a foundation of research skills that can be used with all types of online and offline records and resources.


The classes class will cover six key research skills that will help avoid pitfalls, wasted time and unreliable family trees. Topics include: determining what records to look for, where to look, documentation, and using critical thinking skills.  These new skills will help you evaluate, analyze, and confidently produce trees, stories, or more formal documents based on your goals.


Participants will do pre and post skills surveys and have group exercises, and optional homework assignments. Class handouts will include multiple examples of offline resources as well as web links and sites.

(Note that this Skills series class will be repeated again begining July 29, 2017.)


 Pam Brett's interest in genealogy started over 40 years ago at the birth of her first child, but it wasn't until 1999 when she began serious pursuit of her family history. Most of her ancestors came to America early and moved often leading to research in 31 states and the District of Columbia.



In this series, she hopes to share skills acquired from many years of beginner's mistakes to help participants to focus their personal goals and to acquire new understanding of the lives of their ancestors.    



Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited so register early. 

This class is available to CGS Members and non-members.

Register early to confirm your seat. Walk-ins will not be admitted.



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California Genealogical Society & Library
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Entrance on 22nd Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 1:00 PM - Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 3:30 PM (PST)

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California Genealogical Society & Library

Connecting people to their diverse family heritage

Whether you have Gold Rush ancestors or have no family connection to California, you will find extensive support for your genealogy research at the California Genealogical Society (CGS) in Oakland. The society offers research services, online indexes and databases, and a research library housing over 38,000 reference materials from California, the United States, and around the world. CGS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. The library is conveniently located in Uptown Oakland, one block north of the Paramount Theatre, at 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2. We are three blocks from the 19th Street BART Station.

Phone: (510) 663-1358

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