WRHS Genealogical Institute Announces Classes for January, February and March 2015

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The Genealogical Institute of the Western Reserve Historical Society has just issued the following news release:

Genealogical Institute Classes for January, February and March

January 10, 2015: “Opening the Door to Your Family History”

Jump-start your family research in the New Year by signing up for this beginner’s class. Focus will be on gathering documents, vital records, and census information. To encourage your 2015 resolution, you may register for yourself for the class and bring one family member or friend with you at NO EXTRA COST.

Extra time after class can be spent in the Research Library applying your new skills. Presenters will be Pat Epperson and Heber MacWilliams, both Genealogical Committee members and researchers.

Time: Noon to 3pm Registration fee $15.

February 7, 2015: “Where Did They Go?” Finding Your Family’s Migration Routes.

Not all families settled down and never moved. If your research hits a dead end, get it back on the road by considering migratory patterns. Sunny Morton, OGS editor, author, blogger, researcher and Genealogical Committee member will present a fact-filled class to help you understand and to follow your family’s migration path. A variety of resources and techniques may help you to connect the dots to trails, roads, highways traveled by your ancestors to other states and other cities.

Time: Noon to 3pm Registration fee $15.

March 7, 2015: “The Stones Speak” – Learning about Tombstones and Death Records

The end of your researching could be the beginning. Death records research can begin or end at the cemetery tombstone. An inscription can lead a family historian on a search for all things related to that name.  Death certificates, obituaries, death notices, funeral cards and funeral home records can complete the stone’s sparse information, bringing the researcher’s story full circle.

Mark Busch of Busch Funeral Homes will present an overview of funeral records. The Busch family has been active for over 100 years, with six funeral home in the Cleveland and West side area. Genealogical committee members will assist class participants with hands-on work in the Research Library also.

Time: Noon to 3pm Registration fee $15.

The registration fee for Gen Institute Classes is $15 per person per class and includes a packet of course notes and other handout materials for each class. Gen Institute classes are held from noon until 3 pm in the Hassler Room of the Research Library. You can register by going to http://www.wrhs.org/upcoming-events and clicking on the event of interest.

The WRHS Genealogical Institute is an on-going project of the Genealogical Committee, an auxiliary of the Western Reserve Historical Society. The Committee organizes educational events for genealogists and family historians and raises funds to enhance their research experience in the WRHS Research Library.

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