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Building Your Skills for Successful Genealogy Research

California Genealogical Society & Library

Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 1:30 PM - Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 3:30 PM (PST)

Building Your Skills for Successful Genealogy 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 Your Skills for Successful Genealogy Research


This course will be conducted in four Saturday sessions. These sessions will run from 1:30 PM thru 3:30 PM on March 11, March 25, April 8, and Apr 22.  


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 off line records and resources.


The four part class will cover six key research skills that will help avoid pitfalls, wasted time and unreliable family trees. Developed by Pam Brett, 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 a pre- and post-skills survey and have group exercises, and optional homework assignments. Participants will be provided with multiple examples of off-line resources as well as web links and sites.

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


 Pam Brett has been interested in genealogy for nearly forty years since she began filling in the family tree of her first-born child's baby book. Raising two daughters and working as a public health social worker left little free time until 1999 when she began her family tree research. Pam's ancestors were mobile which led to research in thirty-one states and the District of Columbia. She loves doing on-site research in the States "where there are many challenges but the rewards are priceless."




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 1:30 PM - Saturday, April 22, 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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