Are you unsure where to begin the process, or do you just want to get started again? Do you need some guidance about what to do next? We can help you jump-start your genealogy! All supplies are furnished.
This class is taught several times a year. Check the calendar for the next offering.
The monthly programs include presentations focused on improving genealogy research. See the calendar and Insider for upcoming topics.
Classes are taught throughout the year as well as during the Open House. These include classes on using Ancestry.com and FamilySearch, the two most widely used genealogy websites. Classes have also been offered on using FindaGrave, Google maps, photo editing, newspaper resources, and DNA for genealogy.
These classes are scheduled by the presenters. Check the calendar and the Insider for announcements.
Members of the Forum have created over a dozen research guides that cover a variety of topics, including Searching Vital Record and Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestor. Guides from other sources are available at the library.
Many of our volunteers have extensive experience researching and are willing to share this knowledge with visitors to the library. Contact the library to get a current list of volunteers and their areas of expertise.
The following links go to favorite free resources that focus on building your research skills …
FamilySearch Wiki – an online genealogy encyclopedia – great for learning the resources that available for locations throughout the world.
FamilySearch Learning Center – presentations and videos on a broad range of topics.
Ancestry.com Family History Wiki – another encyclopedia focused on genealogy research – includes copies of The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy and Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources.
The following are a few of the sources for books that can be read online or downloaded. These include local histories and family history books.
FamilySearch Family History Books – the Family Search library has partnered with other large genealogy libraries to scan family history books as well as county and local histories, gazetteers, and genealogy magazines.
Heritage Quest –this site is available through many public libraries, including Multnomah County. In addition to books, it has many of the federal censuses.