Freebie Friday: Genealogy and ancestry courses for your research weekend

We love freebies, especially when it helps our genealogy and ancestry pursuits. Here are a few great free workshops, seminars and other events:

  • Indexing for Beginners. It begins today, Friday, June 30, 2023 at 3 p.m. EST. Presented by St. George FamilySearch Center. To join a zoom class, do the following:
  • • Navigate to this webpage on the date and time of the class you would like to join (we recommend joining classes 5-10 minutes before they start to resolve any connection issues).
  • • Click on the red link: “JOIN CURRENT CLASS”
  • • From the screen that pops up select “Open Zoom Meeting”
  • >> DO NOT SELECT “Launch Meeting”
  • • Select “join with video” and “join with audio” when and if prompted to do so.
  • NOTE: Sometimes our schedules or instructors change so please check this site regularly for updates as well as for information & the link on how to join classes.
  • For details see

  • Introduction to Genealogy: Vital Records (Birth, Marriage, and Death) – CGS Free First Saturdays Program on Saturday, July 1, 2023. Presented by California Genealogical Society. It begins @ 1:00 PM EST. “Not sure how to get started with your family research? Interested in refreshing your skills? Our four-part series is ideal for getting started with genealogy or for advanced researchers to revisit principles of good research. Join us for a FREE Introduction to Genealogy class the FIRST SATURDAY of every month from 10 am – 12 pm. This is a four-session “Intro to Genealogy” class series. The first class offers an overview of genealogy research. Each of the next three sessions offers a more in-depth focus on the following topics: Census, Vital Records, and Organization. The classes may be taken in any order, and participation in one class is not required to attend others in the series. See below for dates and topics:
  • Jan 7, May 6, Sep 2 Genealogy Basics Overview
  • Feb 4, Jun 3, Oct 7 Using the Census
  • Mar 4, Jul 1, Nov 4 Vital Records (Birth, Marriage, and Death)
  • Apr 1, Aug 5, Dec 2 Organizing Your Family History Work
  • (July and September may be rescheduled due to the holiday weekends)
  • Note: Separate registration required for each session.

Always consult your government sources for free genealogy and ancestry help. After all, if you pay taxes, you’ve paid for these great services. Here’s one of my favorite, basic sites. The details are great refreshers for many of us. For the newbies to the vast research involved in tracing our ancestors, this U.S. National Archives site is terrific, albeit it appears to be complicated. Happy hunting!