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Genealogy: A Beginner’s Workshop

The Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center invites you to begin your study of family history by attending a six-week class in person or virtually on Thursdays, September 2 through October 7, 2021. Classes will be led by experienced genealogist Anne Thomas and Special Collections library assistant Karen O’Connor.

Items on the Menu include recommendations for getting started, records to look for, places to look for resources, best practices for using the internet, how to keep your precious family collection safe once you have created it, and much more. Handouts will be available at the library or accessed through links on the Special Collections website at 

 Episodes will be recorded for later broadcast on the DPL YouTube channel.

This class is appropriate for anyone 15-115 years old and will help nudge you along as you jump into the intoxicating world of genealogy and history. Registration is required on LibCal or by contacting Special Collections at 563.326.7902 or

Those wishing to register may participate in the event either in-person or virtually. Please indicate your choice with your registration. Up to ten In-person registrants will attend the event in The Library | MAIN’s Large Meeting Room. Virtual registrants will receive an email with the Zoom Meeting Link and Meeting ID.

09/02/2021  Class 1:  In the Beginning

09/09/2021  Class 2:  What’s in a Census?

09/16/2021  Class 3:  Types of Records

09/23/2021  Class 4:  There’s More to Life (and Family) Than the Internet

09/30/2021  Class 5:  Internet Searches

10/07/2021  Class 6:  This Is Just the Beginning

Download workshop documents below: