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Caribbean Genealogy Library Offering Virtual Genealogy Workshops in December

Inside the Caribbean Genealogy Library on St. Thomas. (Photo from the Caribbean Genealogy Library)

The holiday season is genealogy season, family get-togethers are the perfect time for family historians to gather information, interview relatives, fill in pedigree charts, ask relatives about old photos, records, and souvenirs, and get research questions put together.

That is why the Caribbean Genealogy Library is offering a Beginning Genealogy Workshop from 1 p.m. to 4:30 pm., Saturday, Dec. 16, And a “DNA: what test should I take? Intro to DNA Research” at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 20.

Take some time to improve your genealogy skills before the holidays so you can gather family history while everyone is together. Both events are being offered virtually, only. There is no in-person option. Contact the Caribbean Genealogy Library via email to learn more about attending these events at: caribgenlibrary@gmail.com.

The genealogy workshop, on Dec. 16, includes three presentations, about 50 minutes each, with time for questions in between. The presentations include:

Beginning Your Genealogy Journey: 8 Steps to Getting Started,

Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan: The Key to Thorough Research and

From Searching to Researching: Organize Your Family History.

In the first presentation, attendees will gain key knowledge and the confidence they need to begin and move forward with building a correct family tree.

In the creating a research plan segment, there will be a discussion about the Genealogical Proof Standard, a guideline for establishing the reliability of a genealogical conclusion with reasonable certainty. The presenter will discuss the importance of creating a research plan and how using the Genealogical Proof Standard will keep you on track so you can be as thorough as possible in your research.

The third segment, From Searching to Researching: Organize Your Family History, targets practical ways to organize your family history documents, photos, books, ephemera and more. And how having everything in its place allows you to use the material for further research.

About the Presenter

The presenter is Cheri Hudson Passey. She has been researching her family and helping others start their research since the early 1980s. She enjoys speaking and writing about the many aspects of family history and has spoken at local and state workshops, organizations and conferences. She has also been an instructor at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

Passey is a member of the National Genealogical Society, where she currently serves as the vice president of Society and Organizations. Believing strongly in continuing education, she is a graduate of Pro-Gen, the National Genealogy Society American Genealogy, Course and has attended the Salt Lake Institute for Genealogy, The Midwest African American Genealogical Institute, The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and The Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research taking various courses to deepen and broaden her research skills.

The second event the Caribbean Genealogy Library is offering this month is about DNA testing.

DNA testing kits have become popular Christmas gifts and are increasingly asked about at the Caribbean Genealogy Library. The event is entitled “DNA: what test should I take? Intro to DNA Research,” which will take place virtually on Dec. 20 via Zoom.

The DNA Research lecture will cover the different type of tests including Autosomal, YDNA (which tests the male line), and mtDNA (which tests the female line). It will also discuss the different DNA testing companies, including Ancestry.com. FamilyTree DNA, 23and Me, My Heritage and Living DNA. Learn who might benefit from DNA testing, how DNA matches link potential cousins, tips for finding relatives through your DNA results, and examples of how to make contact.

About the Presenter

Dana Palmer has a love of family history and a background in teaching. She began teaching beginning genealogy classes in 1996 before graduating from college and has been a genealogy instructor at Sinclair Community College since 2010.

She became a certified genealogist (CG®) in 2009 and a certified genealogical lecturer (CGL(SM)) in 2019. She has spoken at RootsTech (2020-2023), NGS (2018, 2020, 2021, 2023), FGS (2013, 2020) and at many other state and local conferences, seminars, and events. She has published over 30 books for her genealogical society, clients and family. She loves problem solving and tracking down those elusive ancestors.

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