Beginners Workshop Series
Our Beginners Classes are typically scheduled on the 4th Saturday of each month,
January through August. Refer to the schedule below for dates. The meetings
are open to the public and registration is not required. Best of all...
it is entirely free. After the class, you are welcome to 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 the auditorium)
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Contact Terri Meeks for more information.
2017 Class Schedule
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 - 28 January 2017
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
Saturday - 25 February 2017 - Download Handouts
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,
Saturday - 25 March 2017
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
Saturday - 22 April 2017
Church, Cemetery and Vital Records
Where and How to find vital records, includes what,
clues in finding church records and cemeteries.
Saturday - 13 May 2017 -- Note the break in the routine this month, as this is not on the 4th Saturday.
Immigration, Emigration and Naturalization Records
Explanation of each, useful websites, available
helpful publications and indexes.
Saturday - 24 June 2017
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 - 22 July 2017
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 - 26 August 2017
Last Session of the Series.
Look for the series to repeat beginning in January 2018.
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