Genealogy workshop to be held at St. Paul's

ALBANY -- Two genealogy experts are coming into town next week to assist people wishing to learn more about their ancestors.

A genealogy workshop is planned for April 5 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 212 N. Jefferson St., from 10 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

The workshop, scheduled to be held at the church's Parish Hall, will consist of a lecture on genealogy research for the first half. The second half will be spent guiding people through genealogical websites, particularly www.ancestry.com.

"We have had 43 people sign up so far," Julie Prince, coordinator for the event, said Tuesday. "We have had a great response.

"This is the second one we have done this year. It's to help identify people wanting to join the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), but we've had people just interested in learning (attend the workshop)."

The Daughters of the American Revolution has chapters throughout the country, including Albany. Women ages 18 or older who have proof of lineage to someone who served in the War for Independence are eligible to join.

Two experts from the Atlanta area will be coming in to help conduct the workshop. They are Dee Redkevitch, a national volunteer genealogist, and Rachel Colbert, a Georgia state genealogist.

Those participating in the second portion of the workshop are encouraged to bring their laptops if they have one and inform those coordinating the event so that an electrical connection can be provided.

"If people have built a family tree and need to see where they are stuck, (the workshop can help)," Prince said. "People can see where they are and where they are going.

"The ancestry series spurred some interest. I think people are just curious. Some people look back farther than the (American) Revolution. Once you get going, it is addicting."

There will not be computers available for use on site. There is a $12 fee to attend, which includes a research workbook to be given to each attendee. There will not be a lunch provided.

Wi-Fi is available at the site, Prince said. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring any information about their family tree they already have.

"The more you know, the better," Prince said. "You have to start with something, so bring anything you know at this point.

"(Redkevitch and Colbert) will take you from Step 1 to as far back as you can go."

Notice of attendance should be made by Sunday. Checks can be mailed to Prince at P.O. Box 883, Albany, Ga., 31702, and should be made payable to the Thronateeska Daughters of the American Revolution.

Those who notify Prince by Sunday of their intentions to attend may bring their checks to the event. She can be contacted by calling (229) 886-2396 or by emailing jpwp1201gmail.com.


Melissa 3 years, 8 months ago

I would love to atend this as I really enjoy researching our family history, but with it being during the week, I cannot.


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