WCC’s Kegley Library to Offer Free Genealogy Seminars for Beginners
The F.B. Kegley Library, a regional historical and genealogical collection and research center located at Wytheville Community College, is offering free three-hour seminars entitled “Genealogy and Family History for Beginners” for area residents interested in exploring their genealogical roots.
The seminars will be offered through the WCC Office of Workforce Development and will award each participant .3 continuing education units upon completion. Each seminar is limited to four participants and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. When four interested individuals are identified, the seminar will be scheduled on a date that is convenient for all participants.
The Kegley Library will provide free copies of blank pedigree charts, worksheets, census abstract forms, etc., and Internet access to Ancesty.com, Fold3.com, and Newspapers.com. The instructor will assist participants with recording pertinent family information, an orientation to recordkeeping, an explanation of the various types of documentation and sources, and an initial Internet search for genealogical records pertaining to each participant’s family. Information will also be provided related to writing a family history document.
Participants must be beginners. Computer skills are helpful, but not required. Seminar participants will be asked to complete a brief pedigree chart, including information about themselves, and the names of their parents and grandparents, if known. Attendees will be provided with free copies of basic genealogical documents (birth, marriage, death, and census records) that are located during the session.
Each seminar will be led by Bill Veselik, the F.B. Kegley Library archivist. Veselik possesses 40 years of experience in genealogical research and records analysis. He has also taught for-credit genealogical courses online through WCC. Veselik holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Virginia Tech. He is also a member of several hereditary and lineage societies.
For more information or to register for an upcoming seminar, please send an email with your name and a daytime phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call (276) 223-4876.