Pierre Family History Center Classes


Classes are held on the third Saturday morning of the month at 9:30.
506 N. Jefferson, Pierre, SD



2015 Class Schedule and PDF Handouts. Handouts will be available by Friday before the class:


January 17 - Beginning Genealogy: Where to start - each person you research needs the same beginning tactics  PDF Handout

February 21 - New Helps on FamilySearch Family Tree and in the Family History Center   PDF Handout

March 21 - Cancelled

April 18 - Resources and General Internet Research   PDF Handout

May 16 - Finding and Adding Sources to the FamilySearch Family Tree   PDF Handout

June 20 - Cemetery research online   PDF Handout

July 18 - Newspaper research online   PDF Handout

August 15 - Creating life stories and timelines   PDF Handout

September 12 - This will be on the 2nd Saturday due to a scheduling conflict.

It will be a half-day seminar on Saturday the 12th from 1:00-4:00 pm. Virginia Hanson will be the first presenter. Her part of the program will be entitled "Those Old Stone Memories: Using Cemeteries and Related Unique Records for Genealogy Research"
Virginia is a Government Records Archivist at the South Dakota State Archives. A professional genealogist for 20 plus years and working on personal genealogy for over 45 years, she has a BS in K-12 Music Education, History, Language Arts; teaching experience in Foreign Language & Library Science.
Virginia tells us of a friend who says she "likes to get her ancestors buried". In other words, she likes to be able to find their resting place, but finding that spot may not be as easy as we would like.
Her presentation will show uncommon records connected to an ancestor's death and the life they created. We will learn about coroners' records, wills and probate records, memorial cards, clues in photos, death notices and or obituaries. Also discussed will be finding the cause of death, transportation records, understanding the artwork on stones, and especially, how to find those stones.
Linda Lowe will be the concluding presenter. She has been the director of the local Family History Center for the past 10 years. She will tell of the resources (books, microfilms, etc.) available for free at the center which is located in the LDS Church where the seminar is to be held. FamilySearch has also arranged for several premium online research services to be available at Family History Centers, which Linda will explain. She also gives free how-to classes on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Go to http://pie.midco.net/pierregen/ for the latest information.
Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of FamilySearch and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their goal is to provide resources to assist in the research and study of genealogy and family history by giving personal one-on-one assistance to patrons and providing access to genealogical records through the Internet or microfilm loan program. There is no cost to visit a Family History Center and they are open to anyone with an interest in genealogical research. They are operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

October 10 - Newspaper Research - Online resources --Time Change --Class will be at 10:30 instead of 9:30

November - No Class

December - No Class


Handouts from Past Classes

Climbing that brick wall  PDF

Documenting your research  PDF

Cemetery and gravestone records  PDF

Write your personal history in one hour    PDF

Questions asked in each US Census, and hints on using them   PDF

Finding your veterans and their military records    PDF

Archaic words for: Family Relationships, Occupations, Medical Terms    PDF

Reading Early American Handwriting  PDF

Writing Your Own Story  PDF

Writing Historical Life Stories of Your Ancestors  PDF



Go to Pierre/Ft. Pierre Genealogical Society Website