Beginning Genealogy Classes
Beginners' classes are held most months on the second Saturday from 10:00 am - 3:30 pm. Classes are held in the Gates Conference Room on the 5th Floor of the Denver Public Library. Advance registration and reservations are not required. The classes are free and open to the public. Most classes are presented by Lou-Jean Rehn.
No classes are held in July and August when we take a summer break.
Pick the date you can attend. This is a one-time basic course for the beginner, repeated each month. Attendees will be introduced to thinking genealogically through the exploration of the following:
- Stacks of paper: How to organize
- Home Sources: Paper and People
- Pedigree Charts and Family Group Sheets
- Be a Detective
- Beginning Internet Sources
- Six Major Record Groups
Attendees should dress comfortably. Consider bringing a seat cushion, bottled water, and a sack lunch (there will be a 30 minute lunch break).
Monthly Special Interest Classes
Special Interest classes, held from 10:00 am - 12:00 or 1:00 pm (depending on the topic and the presenter) on the third Saturday of the month (except June, July, August, and December), focus on research skills and methodology necessary for a successful family history project. Special Interest classes meet in the Gates Conference Room on the 5th Floor of the Denver Public Library. All classes are free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required unless noted (not common).
16 May 2015
Demystifying the Archives
Instructor: Abby Hoverstock of the Denver Public Library
WriteNOW! Writing Group
Writing Your Family History: Taking the First Step
SUNDAY afternoon from 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Gates Room, 5th Level, Downtown Denver Public Library
Facilitator: Carol Darrow
- Group is open to all beginners and more experienced writers who want to put their genealogy into a written document.
- Assignments for various levels of experience
- Opportunity to share your writing with the group as you wish.
- Shape your writing to the goal of the month.
WriteNOW! Meetings 2014-2015
14 Sept 2014: Discuss finished projects of class members. Set personal goals. Discuss different types of genealogy writing. Assignment for October: Write a one-page narrative of one ancestor.
19 Oct 2014: Share one-page narratives. Assignment for November: Write about a family story that you have proved or disproved.
9 Nov 2014: Share family stories. Assignment for December: Do a piece of writing you could use as a gift.
14 Dec 2014: Cancelled
11 Jan 2015: 7th floor, DPL, Training Room
Discuss document preparation and formatting. Share project outlines. Assignment: Bring the outline for your project or a new chunk of writing for your project.
8 Feb 2015:Denver Public Library, 4th floor Rockwell Room, 1:30 - 3:30 pm.
Assignment: Bring writing: 2-3 pages of current project or column about "Why I Love Genealogy" or "How I Got Started in Genealogy," or 1-2 pages of research story you've written. Session on "The Positive Negative."
8 Mar 2015: Denver Public Library, 4th floor Rockwell Room, 1:30 - 3:30 pm.
Bring your writing project. We will focus on clarity in editing and answer some questions on Lulu.com
12 Apr 2015: Denver Public Library, 1:30 - 3:30 pm.
Have you written an introduction to your family story? Have you told your audience who you are in relation to the people you are writing about, the time and location of your story (or your ancestors' story), maybe why they interest you and/or what you can learn from them. For a short article, the introduction can be 2-3 sentences. For a longer piece, it might be 6-8 sentences.
If you have an introduction, you might also consider writing a conclusion -- a wrap up of what you learned, why it intrigued you, what you might investigate next.
Share your project progress, do revisions, discuss other aspects of project. Assignment: Complete your project.
17 May 2015: Present your project to the group.