Get Diggin’ Your Roots at the Library, beginning Sunday, March 13

Free 2016 Family History Workshop Series Offered by Providence Public Library and RI Historical Society

Providence Public Library’s (PPL) Rhode Island Collection is excited to present Diggin’ Your Roots, a family history workshop series.  This is the second year that PPL and the Rhode Island Historical Society are collaborating to present the popular year-long series of genealogy learning events.

The 2016 calendar will kick off at the Library on Sunday, March 13 with Genealogy Research Basics.  With offerings for both the novice and experienced genealogy researcher, these events are designed to encourage you to research your own genealogy and to document your family stories.  You are welcome to sign up for all the workshops or just the ones that interest you. Reservations are required via the website.  Please contact Kate Wells at kwells@provlib.org with any questions.  All programs at PPL will be held in the Library’s Meeting Room (3rd Floor), 150 Street, Providence.  Please visit the RI Historical Society at www.rihs.org/genealogy or check out the full joint calendar of events at PPL!

Genealogy Research Basics

March 13, 2016 | 2 - 3 pm

Reservations required; Max 30 participants                          

(10 laptops/iPads available for reservation or bring your own. If you’d like to reserve one, please send an email to kwells@provlib.org after registering.)

What is genealogy? How do you start to build your own family tree? This workshop will cover the basics to get you started. We’ll cover basic research methods, traditional numbering systems and free websites that allow you to create your family tree online. We will guide you through how to search genealogical databases, what kinds of records are available online, how to effectively search for them and how to use them to document your genealogy.  Basic comfort using a computer for online research required.

Instructor: Kate Wells, Rhode Island Collection Librarian 

Register at: www.provlib.org/events/genealogy-research-basics

Genealogy Without Tears: Advanced Research Skills 

Reservations required; Max 30 participants                          

(10 laptops/iPads available for reservation or bring your own. If you’d like to reserve one, please send an email to kwells@provlib.org after registering.)

You’ve outlined the basics, your family tree is growing, and you’re looking to advance your research skills.  This workshop will give you some tips to take you to the next level. You’ll learn about locating and using non-digital sources like manuscripts collections, property deeds and probate. You’ll identify secondary sources to expand your contextual research in order to understand the time and place in which your ancestor lived. You’ll review new options for keeping your research organized including online citation management software, organizing your files and backing up your research.

Instructor: Kate Wells, Rhode Island Collection Librarian

Register at: http://www.provlib.org/events/genealogy-without-tears-advanced-research-skills

African-American Genealogy

Sunday, May 22 | 2 - 3:30 pm | Rhode Island Historical Society, Aldrich House

Reservations required; Max 12 participants

Learn about new strategies and resources for uncovering the lives of your African-American ancestors with public historian and educator Elon Cook. Attendees are encouraged to bring photos and mementos to be scanned for inclusion in R.I. Historical Society online exhibit commemorating 20th Century contributions to Rhode Island.

Instructor: Elon Cook, The Center for Reconciliation

Register with the Rhode Island Historical Society at http://goo.gl/forms/MQKuUII60Z.

French-Canadian Genealogy

Saturday, June 25 | 10 - 11:30 am | Rhode Island Historical Society, Aldrich House

Reservations required; Max 60 participants

There are numerous resources for tracing French Canadian ancestors. Researchers from the American-French Genealogical Society in Woonsocket will explain those resources and show you how to use them in your family search. 

Instructor: Normand Deragon, American-French Genealogical Society

Register with the Rhode Island Historical Society here: http://goo.gl/forms/7WsSw4FC9n

8 Steps to Preserving Your Family Photographs

Saturday, September 17 | 10 - 11:30 am | Providence Public Library

Reservations required; Max 60 participants

Photo preservation basics from storage to labeling and everything in-between. Each step includes low-cost solutions that won’t bust your budget. Bring your preservation related questions!

Instructor: Maureen Taylor, Photo Detective

Tracing the Wave: Researching your Immigrant Ancestors

Saturday, October 15 | 10 am - 12 pm | Rhode Island Historical Society, Robinson Research Center

Reservations required; Max 20 participants

From ship passenger lists to naturalization applications, tracing an immigrant ancestor can be challenging. Come learn about the local and regional resources that will help focus your research.

Instructors: Phoebe Bean, Librarian, RIHS & Andrew Smith, Keeper of Archival Records, R.I. Judicial Records Center.

Register with the Rhode Island Historical Society here: http://goo.gl/forms/d1RmiMxww7

Pretty Preservation: Creating Scrapbooks, Albums & More

Saturday, November 19 | 10 am - 12 pm | Rhode Island Historical

Society, Robinson Research Center

Reservations required; Max 20 participants

What fun are family photos if you can’t look at or enjoy them? Learn about resources and tools to help you share family photos, papers, and other memorabilia once you have them safely preserved and stored. From archival albums and scrapbooking to digital albums and projects, find out how you can share your family memories while keeping the originals safe for years to come. 

Instructor: Michelle Chiles, Research Center Coordinator, RIHS

Register with the Rhode Island Historical Society here: http://goo.gl/forms/U7zX0euaMf

 

Nearby parking for programs at PPL is available at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage or on street.

 
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