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A family chart, circa 1850. Part of genealogical materials preserved by the New Hampshire Historical Society with dates of the Colby family. Courtesy photo.




“Getting Started in Geneaology”

Where: The New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park St., Concord
When: Saturdays, March 12, 19 and 26, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $50 for members of the New Hampshire Historical Society or the New England Historic Genealogical Society, $75 for nonmembers. Walk-ins are accepted, but pre-registration is preferred. 
Visit: nhhistory.org




Meeting the family
Genealogy workshop teaches newbies the basics

03/10/16
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 If you’re curious about your family history but don’t know where to start, the New Hampshire Historical Society in Concord is offering a three-part genealogy workshop. 

“Getting Started in Genealogy” will be taught by experts from the prestigious New England Historic Genealogical Society on consecutive Saturdays in March.
“We have a long history of offering genealogy workshops. … It’s important to us and our mission,” said Elizabeth Dubrulle, director of education and public programs at the New Hampshire Historical Society. “It’s a great way to get people interested in learning more about history because it helps them feel personally connected to it.”
The workshop will be taught by a different instructor each week. Sessions will be mostly lecture-based with handout materials for students to refer to, and there will be some opportunity for questions and interactive discussion. The workshop will cover topics like what records you should start with, research strategies, how to organize your research, how to know what tools and programs to use and more, plus information on what resources are available at the New Hampshire Historical Society, around the state and online.
“Getting Started in Genealogy” was designed for beginners who have never explored genealogy before, but those who have already begun researching their family history can learn some helpful tips as well.
“[The workshop] is generally about how to bring order to the whole process,” Dubrulle said, “So, people who have been doing it on their own for a couple of years might value the structure and can make sure they aren’t missing anything and are using the best practices.”  
While many people become interested in genealogy “after they find a chest in the attic, or a grandparent dies and they find their papers and photos,” Dubrulle said, the vast amount of outside resources and historical records makes it possible for anyone to pursue genealogy, even if they have no information or materials on their family history.
Studying genealogy has the potential to be an ongoing pursuit; it doesn’t have to end once you’ve learned all there is to know about your immediate ancestors.
“It depends how obsessed you get. Some people spend their whole lives doing this,” Dubrulle said. “They get into the whole spider web of everyone they’re related to. … It’s a way for them to feel a connection to other people, either from the past or currently living. It’s incredibly rewarding.”
Dubrulle said “Getting Started in Genealogy” ushers in an ongoing series of genealogy programs at the New Hampshire Historical Society, though the ones that follow will be on specialized and advanced topics. Next up is a workshop on researching French-Canadian ancestry, to be held Saturday, June 25. A genealogy workshop for beginners won’t be offered for another two to four years, she said.
“There’s a lot of information for people who are new to this [to learn],” Dubrulle said. “So, if you want to get involved, this is a great opportunity to get your feet wet and just see what comes of it.”  





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