Perhaps your forefathers were among the crew of the Mayflower. Maybe you are descended from participants of Scotland’s clan wars. Whatever your origin, reveal the roots of your family with Rend Lake College’s "Genealogy Basics" Saturday, February 28, at Wayne City High School.
This one-time class will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the WCHS Home Economics Room. Instructors for the course will be Martha Emling and Jeanette O’Boyle, both of whom are regents with the Illinois State Organization of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
This basic genealogy workshop is for the first-time family researcher. Participants will learn where to look for family information, such as at home, the local courthouse and the library. The instructors will provide tips on using large genealogy libraries and archives, as well as how to locate genealogy information on the Internet and what information to trust.
For genealogy researchers who are not computer users, it will be beneficial to find out what everyone is talking about. Attendees will receive hands-on computer time and are asked to bring all of their available family information to the workshop to get started with on-line genealogy research.
Emling is the State Organizing Secretary for the ISODAR and is past State Membership Chairman. She has attended classes with the Volunteer Genie program of the DAR and has trained with the National Genealogy Society.
O’Boyle, a DAR member since 1983, has been treasurer of the organization and is current registrar of her chapter. She is a 1995 retiree of Southern Illinois University, where she taught economic statistics. O’Boyle developed her on-line genealogy class as a result of her personal family research.
The morning session of the class will consist of lecture and presentations on an overhead projector. The afternoon course will focus on Internet research instruction and hands-on computer time.
The course costs $15. Those who preregister by Wednesday, February 25, will have the option of purchasing lunch for an additional $6. For further information or to register, contact Dawn Gibson, RLC Community Education Director, at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1267, or toll-free (in-district only) at 1-800-369-5321, Ext. 1267, or contact Wayne City Community Coordinator Debbie Timmons. Those interested also can register on-line at www.rlc.edu>Course Schedules>Non-Credit Classes.
Rend Lake College will offer another class, "Genealogy for Beginners and Others," Saturday, March 27, in the Student Center at the Ina campus. For more information or to register for this course, contact Gibson.