Finding Your Roots: A Beginner's Guide


Meeting Room A

Finding Your Roots

Theresa Liewer, President of the Iowa Genealogical Society, will present this beginning genealogy program to anyone interested in learning more about family history. She will cover organizing your information: forms, charts, physical storage of papers, and an overview of software programs. She’ll also discuss how to evaluate sources and learn about the pitfalls of relying on other’s research, both online and in books.

Together, participants will explore genealogy websites and work through some basic building blocks of genealogy, including personal family items and census records. Attendees are encouraged to bring birth and death dates and locations for their grandparents or great-grandparents so Theresa can help try to locate more information about them.  By the end of the program, everyone should have a good idea about how to start, where to go for more information and how much fun family research can be.

You can explore the Marion Library's genealogy resources here