Genealogy Workshops

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Diggin’ Your Roots . . .
2017 Family Genealogy Workshops

The Providence Public Library’s (PPL) Rhode Island Collection is excited to continue to present a series of genealogy learning events in collaboration with the Rhode Island Historical Society (RIHS).  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.

Check out the full joint calendar of events! Reservations for classes held at PPL are required via PPL’s website. Reservations for workshops held at RIHS are reserved by the links provided below or by emailing programs@rihs.org.

Please contact Kate Wells at kwells@provlib.org with any questions.


Basic Research Skills

Sunday, March 12, 2-3:30pm
Location: Providence Public Library

Max 30 people. Instructor: Kate Wells, Curator of Rhode Island Collections

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.

  • Register online via PPL here: http://www.provlib.org/node/5689?eid=

Advanced Research & Database Skills

Sunday, April 9, 2-3:30pm
Location: Providence Public Library

Max 30 ppts. Instructor: Kate Wells, Curator of Rhode Island Collections

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. Basic comfort using a computer for online research required.

  • Register online via PPL here: http://www.provlib.org/node/5690?eid=

Learn, Save and Write Family Food History  (2 sessions)   

Monday, May 8, 6:30-8:00pm & Monday, May 22, 6:30-8:00pm
Location: Providence Public Library

Max 15 people. Instructor: Maureen Taylor

In this workshop we’ll explore foodways through the historical, cultural and traditions of your family. We’ll discuss ways to discover that food history by interviewing relatives, and studying artifacts.  Learn how to save those memories by surveying a variety of writing solutions.

  • Register online via PPL here: http://www.provlib.org/node/5679?eid=

Mastering Manuscript Research

June 17, 10am-11:30am
Location: RIHS Robinson Research Center

Max 20 people. Instructor: Phoebe Bean, RIHS Librarian

Have you always wondered how to access genealogical information in manuscript collections? This workshop will teach you to delve into data beyond published books. Manuscripts include all sorts of unpublished materials from personal diaries to town tax lists that can help trace ancestors and larger family branches.

  • Register online via RIHS here: https://goo.gl/forms/mTd5hhwSAXobaVOt2

Ask the Librarians

September 30, 10am-11:30am
Location: RIHS Robinson Research Center

Max 20 people. Instructors: Michelle Chiles (RIHS), Phoebe Bean (RIHS), Jen Galpern (RIHS) & Kate Wells (PPL)

Here’s your chance to connect with the minds behind the desk! Come ready to break through those brick walls and tie up loose ends in your genealogical research! Bring prepared questions to ask this panel of librarians and research associates who specialize in genealogy. We will do our best to help you navigate tricky questions and provide search tips to help you fill in those details.

  • Register online via RIHS here: https://goo.gl/forms/ANNLeXMxGwG32vTu1

Create your own family cookbook

October 28, 10am-11:30am
Location: RIHS Robinson Research Center

Max 20 people. Instructor: Michelle Chiles, Research Center Coordinator

In this workshop you will learn ways to create a beautiful book using your family recipes, photos, and memories. We will explore a few websites and the steps to upload images, design, and print a family cookbook. While we will briefly review scanning and digital file storage options, the focus of the workshop will be on using the digitized images and documents to create a shareable book! Basic understanding of computers and using digital images will be useful.

  • Register online via RIHS here: https://goo.gl/forms/VmawFsdpTvIudKCj1