"Every Family Has a History: Do You Know Yours?"

Instructors for the four-session genealogy class are:

Donelle Meyer, Feb. 15 and 16

Mary Lohr, Feb. 16

Martha Rasmussen, March 1

Laurent Hodges, March 8

Donelle Meyer

Donelle Meyer has taught genealogy over 20 years.  She is a regular volunteer at the Ames Family History Center, 2524 Hoover Ave.  In this class, she will give an introduction to genealogical research, gathering, and evaluating that information.  She’ll also discuss local, regional, and national records, and what can be gleaned from them.  Donelle will conclude with citing and documenting sources, and suggestions for problem solving.  

Mary Lohr
Mary Lohr is a genealogist enthusiast and likes coupling that with computer technology.  She is a devotee of all things Google and believes the Internet has only made family history research easier and more fruitful.  In this class, Mary will be talking about harnessing the power of online resources and sharing genealogy sites to enhance genealogy searching.

                    Martha Rasmussen
Martha Rasmussen has been interested in learning more about family history research for 30 years.  She will lead a discussion of ways to share family history
through writing memoirs, poems, blogs, letters with a short time to begin such a piece and through other projects. 

In addition this session will tap student creativity by various presentation of family trees, using photos for photo collage and/or storytelling using simple puppets.  Students will  begin a creative project of some kind in this session to complete in spare time at home and possibly to present later at a family gathering.  Students will bring some supplies for their project at this session. 

Laurent Hodges

Digital images are one of the most important parts of a genealogy.  They can include photos of persons, homes, cars, yards, diplomas, maps, documents, old letters, artwork, holiday table settings, newspaper or magazine articles, pages in a book – all sorts of items that would of interest for inclusion in a genealogy.  They may be photos you took or photos obtained from the internet or other sources.  They can be viewed singly, or put together into a slide show such as a Power Point presentation, or inserted into Word documents such as biographies or genealogies.

This class will cover the major aspects of using digital images: the equipment necessary or desirable to do a good job (such as digital cameras, scanners, and tripods), the types and best sizes of image files, the computers and software (including free software) for editing images (cropping, improving brightness and contrast, straightening out tilted pictures), suggested sources of worthwhile images, the proper renaming and organization of image files so they are easy to locate and use and identified, and their conversion into Word or pdf documents  The equipment and software will be demonstrated to show participants the possibilities.  You are welcome to bring a few old photos to scan (and a flash drive to store them on).