FLPL Hosting Series of Genealogy Classes

FLORENCE – A Genealogy Class Series will be offered at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library on four Tuesdays in January from 1-2:30pm each day in the library’s Collaboratory on the second floor.  Classes will be led by Local History and Genealogy Associate, Lee Freeman; Digital Archivist, Colby Dow; and local historian assistant, Jordan Collier.  

Classes are as follows:

• January 4 - Basic Introduction to Genealogy.  

This class will go over the basic research procedures used in genealogy research and will discuss some of the basic types of genealogy records available online. They include census records, land records, vital records, probate records, and military records. Since many genealogy records (especially state and local records) are not available online, attendees will benefit from a brief tour of the library’s Local History-Genealogy Department to acquaint them with its records collections.


• January 11 - Introduction to Family-Search and Ancestry.  

This class will introduce attendees to the Ancestry and FamilySearch.org websites and will teach them how to navigate these sites to locate necessary records. It will compare and contrast the sites.


• January 18 - Introduction to fold3 and Newspapers.com.  

This class will acquaint attendees with the Fold3 and Newspapers.com sites and will teach them how to navigate these sites during their research.


• January 25 - Basic Introduction to the Digital Archives.  

This class will offer an overview of the services offered by the library’s digital archive. Topics to be covered include accessing the digital archive, different collections within the archive, how to search the digital archive, and how to have materials added to the digital archive.

Classes are free, however registration IS REQUIRED for each class.  Register by email at classes@flpl.org or call 256-764-6564, ext. 130. Genealogy classes are vastly popular and fill quickly