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From the Green Valley News, Sunday 11 December 2011, page B4

Genealogy Today, by Betty Lou Malesky, CG

Classes: Another Learning Tool

In January I will teach a course in Genealogy Basics through Green Valley Recreation (GVR). I am excited about this class for several reasons. First, GVR classes are no longer offered exclusively to members, but also to the public for a slightly increased tuition. Second, since wireless computer access is available, I'll be able to demonstrate use of various genealogy websites rather than just tell about them.

In addition, if a student has a laptop it may be brought to class and the student can follow along on the website at the same time. Showing and actually doing something is always more effective than just listening to how it's done. It will be necessary for students to be computer literate as there won't be time to demonstrate how to use a mouse, what a search engine is, or how to navigate from one webpage to another.

So if you've always wondered "who you are," this class is for you. The course is geared to beginners, as well as students who would like to brush up their skills or learn more about the opportunities for research on the Internet. Beginners will learn how to start researching their family the right way with the help of their computer learning the pitfalls of Internet research at the same time. When the course ends even a beginner will have some family history completed.

Classes begin on January 10, 2012 at 9 a.m. and meet for two hours each Tuesday through the end of January. The same classes will be repeated again in March. Tuition is $65 for GVR members and $75 for non-members with a maximum material fee of $8. All classes will be held in GVR's Las Campanas Center in the Ironwood Room.

The course is in the GVR 2011-2012 Winter Catalog online at Class detail is on page 44 and registration information is on pages 7 and 8. Registration opens on December 12. Non-member registration opens December 27, two weeks prior to the course start date.

Among the topics to be covered in addition to how to get started are using electronic databases, various records used in research, use of evidence and sources, organizing your research, getting the most out of census records, selecting genealogy software, finding and connecting with others researching your family, and evaluating information found on the web.

Whether you are a Visual, Auditory or Kinesthetic learner, a genealogy class has something for everyone. In a class Visual Learning is provided by handouts and the Power Point presentation. Auditory Learning is provided by the teacher presenting and explaining research concepts, and by answering students' questions. Finally, Kinesthetic Learning will come through hands on computer experience and assignments to do at home and bring to the next class for discussion.

If you've always wanted to learn more about your family history or just need a jump start to continue on your way, think about joining this class. You won't be sorry.

NBC has announced their show, "Who Do You Think You Are" has been renewed for a third season beginning February 3, 2012. Celebrities announced so far are Marisa Tomei, Martin Sheen and Blair Underwood. The show remains in the same 7 p.m. time slot and has averaged 6 to 7 million viewers each Friday it aired in the past. It's generally interesting to see the celebrities react just as we commoners do when they find a link to their ancestors.

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