Thursday, August 23, 2018

The genealogy behind our family stories

I am excited about taking a class with highly knowledgeable genealogist, Larry Van Horn. We are fortunate to have him here in our area. I have been a genealogy enthusiast for forty years and published a family history book, Profiles and Pedigrees, Descendants of Thomas Charles Council(1858 - 1911). I spent hours and hours of my time in south Georgia and north Florida, where my ancestors settled after leaving Virginia and North Carolina, searching through old newspapers and walking through old cemeteries.

John Cecil Council 1833 - 1910
My great grandfather

I poured over books in a Baptist church in Early county, Georgia and perused records in Tallahassee, Florida. Finally I had over a thousand family members documented in my Personal Ancestry computer program distributed by the Church of Latter Day Saints. In fact, I taught this program to members of the church in Albany, Georgia where I lived. But as time has gone by, my computer program has become obsolete. I was told to move my files to Legacy, the most popular program today.


However, I seem to have a problem. I can't get my files into Legacy. So I have signed up for a class with Larry and I do hope I can learn how to transfer my files. I want to continue with my genealogy on my computer. With all these classes listed below, I can see myself spending my fall and winter months "digging up bones" again.


Legacy Genealogy Software for Beginners:
You can do genealogy on paper. That is how it was done until only a few decades ago. However if you are researching your family history and not using genealogy software, why? This genealogy class is an introductory course teaching the fundamentals of Legacy 9, the gold standard of genealogy computer software. It will include instruction on the program menus, basic data entry, importing and exporting projects, SourceWriter, hashtags and other features available in Legacy 9. This course is a prerequisite to take any of the advanced Legacy courses offered at TCCC. 15 hrs.
Instructor: Van Horn                    Min: 8
August 28 – September 25           T
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.                   $45
(**Since postponing for one week, class will meet on two nights during one week of class in order to finish prior to Advanced class.**)
 
NEW Advanced Legacy Genealogy Software:
This genealogy computer class will explore some of the advanced feature sets and research tools available in the world-class genealogy software package. Completion of the Legacy Genealogy Software for Beginners is required to take this class. 17.5 hrs.
Instructor: Van Horn                   Min: 8
October 2 – November 15            T
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.                   $55
 
Searching for Your Ancestors:
Who am I and where did I come from? That intriguing question has made genealogy research one of America's most popular hobbies. However, where does one begin such research? What resources exist? How can you prove that what you find is true and valid? How do you go beyond America's borders to find roots in other English speaking nations? Searching for your Ancestors offers the beginner and even experienced genealogists alike a fresh approach to genealogy research. Subjects cover the full gambit from organizing your research to exploring your family history using traditional and electronic research, social media, and the newest genealogy tool – DNA testing. Whether you are new to genealogy or have been family hunting since microfilm days, this course will assist you in researching your family in the 21st century. This course is a prerequisite for many of the advanced genealogy courses offered at TCCC.  32.5 hrs.
Instructor: Van Horn                   Min: 10
August 23 – November 15           TH
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.                   $80

Lisa Long at TCCC says: Also!  We hope this will be of interest to genealogists and others. We are offering:
 
Photo Editing and Restoration: Keep your old photo!  Learn the best scanning and transfer methods to save images digitally.  Preserve the photos for generations to enjoy as you learn easy photo restoration methods to restore your faded and torn pictures.  Learn about various free programs for editing your photographic images. Class will include instruction on how to resize photos for email, printing, and professional editing. (Please note this class does not cover Adobe Photoshop.)  12 hrs.
Instructor: Harris                                  Min: 6
October 15 - November 5                    M
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.                          $65

I hope to take this photo editing class as well. I have many old photos and although I have done my best to save them, I know there are new and better methods available. I might see some of you there.

1 comment:

Elephant's Child said...

At least half of my roots are from a non English speaking nation. A nation whose records were truncated by war.
Some day. Perhaps.