Free Genealogy Classes

The library’s Baker Genealogy Center provides classes every month to help novices and experienced researchers learn techniques to research their genealogy. We focus on internet resources to get you started and keep you engaged with your genealogy.

You can take genealogy classes virtually or at the library. You’ll learn from our experienced genealogist while you work on your own family history. Once you get started, you can continue to attend classes until you feel confident. Repeat attendees use the time to ask questions and work on their individual family trees.

Our Internet Genealogy class is the first in the series. You’ll learn how to use online resources to build your family tree and get helpful forms for keeping records.

In the Oral History class you learn how to use the library’s oral history kits to preserve and enhance your family and community history. The Internet Genealogy 2 class is the next step in building your family tree. This class focuses on using online resources to find vital records of your ancestors where they may be hidden. Click the links below to register for the next available class.

Internet Genealogy for Beginners

businesswoman having a video call on a laptopStarts on First Tuesdays of each month in March from 10-11:30am 

Get started in genealogy and learn how to build your family tree online using the print and online resources your library offers. Register for Zoom link

Internet Genealogy 2

Starts on Second Tuesdays of each month in March from 10-11:30am 
Learn more about researching your family with this interactive class. You will learn how to find vital records online. Register for Zoom link.

More opportunities for learning

Look for more classes throughout the year to help you learn how to use our Oral History Kits and create decorative family tree charts! Need something else? Make an appointment with a member of the genealogy team or visit The Baker Genealogy Center on the second floor of the library.

Other Free Online Classes

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As a veteran genealogist, I love teaching and sharing digital family history and genealogy techniques and helping people solve genealogy problems. Being the Genealogy Librarian at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is so much fun! I work to promote a greater knowledge of family, history, and heritage.