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