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Genealogy U

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Waterford Township Public Library will be holding a series of free genealogy classes designed to prepare researchers to trace their family history beginning in January. All classes will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library, located at 5168 Civic Center Drive in Waterford, Michigan. Registration is required and can be completed by calling 248-618-7694 or visiting the adult reference desk.

Participants can attend any or all of the classes taught by Irvin Rabideau, who has been involved in genealogical research, teaching and lecturing for more than 40 years.

  • Genealogy 101, January 7—The introduction to the basics will cover reference tools, library research, the U.S. Census, using online services, church records and city directories.
  • Genealogy 102, February 18—This course will cover geographic sources, genealogy software evaluation and demonstration, creating web pages and techniques for busting down brick walls often hit by researchers.
  • Genealogy 103, March 3—This course will cover newspapers, obituaries, probate records, immigration and passenger lists, and naturalization records.
  • Genealogy 104, March 24—This course will cover military records, land records, tax records, and source citation techniques.