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Beginners Workshop Series

Our Beginners Classes are typically scheduled on the 4th Saturday of each month, January through August. Refer to the curriculum below for dates. The meetings are open to the public and registration is not required. Best of all... it's entirely free. After the class, spend time in the Genealogy and Local History Department putting your new skills to work.

Fort Worth Central Library (Downtown)
500 West 3rd Street
Fort Worth, Texas
Chappell Meeting Room (next to auditorium)

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Contact Terri Meeks for more information.
Email address for Terri Meeks

2016 Schedule

Session I

How to Get Started and Organizational Hints
Includes use of pedigree charts and family group sheets, collecting and documentation, difference in primary resources and secondary resources, importance of collateral lines, available resources, interviews, letter writing courtesy, suggestions of organization, suggested supplies and setting up of files.
Saturday - 30 January 2016

Session II

Using the Federal Census for Family Research
Explanation of each census, information available on each census, places censuses are available, suggestions for keeping tract of the information, explanation of soundex coding, mortality schedules, 1890 schedule of union veterans from the Civil War, slave schedules, state and territorial censuses, agricultural census, Indian records, AIS (Accelerated Indexing System).
Saturday - 27 February 2016 - Download Handouts

Session III

Researching at the County Courthouse
Records available at the county with explanations of each, legal terms, places these records can be found (publications, Family History Centers), how to find the correct county and county seat, etc.
Saturday - 26 March 2016

Session IV

Information from Archives and Libraries
Resources available at archives and libraries, reference books such as Genealogies in the Library of Congress, Family History Centers, lending libraries, libraries worth going out of your way, use of newspapers and how to find them, special collections, use of maps, migration trails, National Archives & Records Administration, State Archives.
Saturday - 30 April 2016

Session V

Church, Cemetery and Vital Records
Where and How to find vital records, includes what, clues in finding church records and cemeteries.
Saturday - 14 May 2016

Session VI

Immigration, Emigration and Naturalization Records
Explanation of each, useful websites, available helpful publications and indexes.
Saturday - 25 June 2016

Session VII

Using Military Records As A Research Tool
Review of American Wars, records unique to each, WW I Draft Cards, types of pensions, DAR records, The Confederate Research Center in Hillsboro, which censuses can help.
Saturday - 23 July 2016

Session VIII

Leaving a Legacy
Unique ways of sharing your research with family members, publication hints, choice of numbering systems, indexing, proof reading, how to secure a copyright, acquiring a Library of Congress Catalog Card Number, suggestions for the design of your publication.
Saturday - 27 August 2016

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