Family History Classes and Programs at the Boston Public Library
Genealogy highlighted in December class schedule
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November 26, 2012
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A special series of family history classes and programs are planned during December at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Three Thursday afternoon classes will introduce library cardholders to free genealogical resources available via the Boston Public Library. The classes take place in the training lab on the first floor of the Johnson Building. The topics are as follows:

  1. Ancestry - Library Edition. Discover billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. Thursday, December 6, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  2. Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors. Learn how to document your immigrant ancestors’ arrival with passenger lists and other immigration records. Thursday, December 13, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  3. Using Learn your way around New England Historic and Genealogical Society's website of more than 200 million records with an emphasis on their most popular databases, especially the Mass. Vital Records. Thursday, December 20, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

For all of these classes, experience with basic mouse and keyboard use as well as internet search skills is preferred.

In addition, the Boston Public Library’s Local and Family History Lecture Series ( continues in December with a talk titled “Bring Your Ancestors to Life: Connect via Social History” on Wednesday, December 12, at 6:00 p.m. in the Orientation Room. Speaker Lori Lyn Price, a professional genealogical researcher in the Boston area, will discuss connecting with ancestors via social history, an aspect of genealogy that brings ancestors' traditions and culture to life.

The Boston Public Library offers free research, career, and computer classes throughout the year. The monthly calendar of Central Library classes is available for download from Classes offered across the library system are listed in the library’s calendar at

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