Classes

Class Schedule 2020

Class descriptions are at the end of the table of classes.

Date
 Time Class Instructor Cost
Dec 17, Tuesday7:00 pm - 9:00 pmBeginning GenealogyTasha JacksonFREE
Jan 11, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmBeginning GenealogySheri SnodgrassFREE
Jan 18, Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pmSoftware ComparisonTasha Jackson$5 members
$15 non-members
Feb 1, Saturday10:30 am - 12:30 pmWebsite ComparisonSheri Snodgrass$5 members
$15 non-members
Feb 11, Tuesday7:00 pm - 9:00 pmBeginning GenealogyTasha JacksonFREE
Jul 18, Saturday9:00 am - 4:00 pmGPS WorkshopAlice Hoyt Veen, CG$ 20 members
$ 30 non-members

Unless otherwise noted: pre-registration is required so there will be an adequate number of handouts; all classes and events are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and are at the IGS Library, 628 E Grand Ave, Des Moines IA, 50309-1924. Phone 515 276-0287. Subject to change.

Descriptions are below the schedule. $5 for IGS members and $15 for non-members.

Lunch and Learn (L/L) – bring your lunch and learn something new at the same time.

January 11th, Tuesday

Beginning Genealogy

1:30pm-3:30pm        Instructor: Sheri Snodgrass
FREE to members and non-members alike

Your ancestors are waiting for you to find them…  Learn how to get started with a free class at the Iowa Genealogical Society located in Des Moines, IA.  Classes fill up quickly.  Contact us for more information and to get registered.

 

Jan  18th, Saturday
Genealogical Software Comparison 

1:30-3:30pm        Instructor: Tasha Jackson
$5 members/$15 non-members

Compare the various popular genealogical software programs.

 

February 1st, Saturday

Website Comparison

10:30am-12:30pm        Instructor: Sheri Snodgrass

$5 members/$15 non-members

Genealogical websites compared.

 

Feburary 11th, Tuesday

Beginning Genealogy

7:00pm-9:00pm        Instructor: Tasha Jackson
FREE to members and non-members alike

If you’re just starting out, aren’t sure where to start, or just need a little refresher, this class will start you on your way
to genealogy success!

 

July 18th, Saturday

GPS Workshop

9:00-4:00pm        Instructor: Alice Hoyt Veen

$20 members/$30 non-members

GENEALOGICAL PROOF STANDARD FULL-DAY WORKSHOP

Producing high-quality, reliable genealogies requires thoughtfulness and thoroughness during the research process. Testing our work against recognized standards helps us accomplish these goals. The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) is the application of fundamentally sound standards to the research process. Genealogical projects achieve a higher level of excellence, resulting in credible, source-cited work that stands the test of time.

SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY

9 A.M. – NOON

Introduction to the Genealogical Proof Standard: Steps to Success

This brief introduction examines the development of modern standards, their importance for all genealogists, and how anyone, at any level of experience, can effectively apply these common-sense concepts to their personal projects.

Research Plans, Research Logs, and “Reasonably Exhaustive Research”

Your genealogical journey is more satisfying and successful if you set out with a solid research plan, then track your progress in a research log. Learn to develop and use effective research plans and logs. We’ll work through a typical research problem, applying the concepts for “reasonably exhaustive research.”

Documentation & Citation: Keep Calm & Cite Your Sources!

Documenting and citing information sources are important steps for successful research, creating a “breadcrumb trail” for yourself and others to follow. Learn the basics including identify key elements for source documentation and how to construct standard source citations. Session includes practical examples and step-by-step practice.

NOON – 1 P.M. Lunch on your own. Alice will be available for one-on-one questions.

1 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.

Analyzing Sources, Information & Evidence

Careful evaluation of sources, information, and evidence leads to dependable answers to family questions. Learn to effectively analysis research findings for reliability, credibility, and relevance.

Correlating Evidence & Resolving Conflicts

Different sources may provide different answers (evidence) for the same question. It’s important to address significant conflicts. Explore tools and techniques for correlation: comparing and contrasting evidence found in sources; and investigate strategies for resolving evidence conflicts.

Written Conclusions: Share What You Know

Share your genealogical discoveries through source-cited written work. Learn the basics of recognized genealogical formats and numbering systems, including structures for lineages, pedigrees, and family history compilations.