October is National Family History Month and in celebration of this event the Williams County Genealogical Society offered a series of classes for those who are beginners in the realm of family research (genealogy 101). The Saturday classes were held in the Harmon Room of the Local History and Genealogy Center (West Annex of the Williams County Public Library) from 10 AM to 2 PM on October 1, October 8, and October 15.
Each session dealt with different areas of family research from utilizing best genealogical practices, filling out forms, interviewing relatives, using the census, employing genealogical technology, pursuing land records, checking out probate, making a Five Generation Pedigree Chart with the best practice, always capitalizing the last name of your ancestor.
A field trip to the Williams County Recorder’s Office to explore how to locate specific lands records. An overview of how to apply to be a member of the First Families of Williams County. How to utilize your DNA results on ancestry.com. Where to find information on the military record of a family member. What is the difference between a “family history” and a “family tree”? How to read a Census Report to get information pertinent to your family.Pam Lash, WCPL library assistant, WCGS publications chair, and area genealogist, instructed these sessions.