STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Bud Werner Memorial Library Genealogy Club and Dr. Ted Bainbridge present a free Introduction to Genealogy seminar Sunday, which is open to all.
The seminar is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and guests are welcome to attend for the entire event or come and go for certain sessions.
Session topics include “Genealogy Resources at the Bud Werner Memorial Library;” “Why Genealogy?: Responsibilities and Rewards;” “Demonstrations and Research Examples;” and “Preserving Your Genealogical Collections,” with breaks and time for technology assistance built in. See the full seminar schedule at https://steamboatlibrary.org/events/introduction-genealogy-seminar/2019-05-19.
The event does not provide lunch, but light refreshments will be offered.
“We wanted to host this seminar in a way that welcomes non-members (of the Genealogy Club),” library reference librarian John Major said. “We felt that, with the recent popularity of DNA testing, this would appeal to many.”
Dr. Ted Bainbridge is a researcher, teacher and writer who’s studied genealogy since 1969. He is a member of the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies Speakers Bureau. Bainbridge has visited the Genealogical Club on several occasions, but this will be the first time he’ll lead an all-day seminar here.
Bainbridge became interested in the field as a child.
“When I was little, my mother and grandmother taught me to recite the matriarchal line of my ancestry back seven generations,” Bainbridge wrote in an email. “Mom had a newspaper clipping of an ancestor who lived to be 108 years old; in four years our family will celebrate her 200th birthday. We had lots of heirlooms in our house. I started an organized search for all the branches of my family tree in 1969.”
These experiences led him to his current work, which includes speaking to similar groups across Colorado.
“We’ll be examining the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of genealogy,” Major said. “The ‘why’ is to provide a legacy, to be stimulated personally in the discovery of genealogical research, and the responsibility to provide my family with where our ancestors have been, and who they were; and who we are, and the time that we live in. The ‘how’ is how one begins research and what tools are available.”
During the workshop, Bainbridge said the group will review hands-on activities and “step-by-step examples of real research projects, leading from very little starting information to amazing discoveries.”
Bainbridge’s seminar materials also include tips, factoids and theories that could apply to any family: “Be Careful about Junior and Senior” is one section. “Spelling Doesn’t Matter,” “Help with Old Handwriting,” “A Beginning Genealogist’s Guide to Using the United States Censuses,” “Finding Immigrant Passenger Lists,” and “Preserving Photographs that are Printed on Paper” are others.
Each attendee of the seminar will bring home a nearly 100-page book of articles, built as a how-to for beginner and intermediate genealogists who want to continue their progress.
Major noted that he himself hadn’t been particularly interested in genealogy until he began researching it.
“There’s personal joy that comes out of this study,” Major said. “There’s a refreshing addictiveness to it.”
Whether someone is brand new or seasoned in the field of genealogy, they are encouraged to join the seminar for whatever parts they’re interested in.
“We want to make sure people have an opportunity to get started (with genealogy),” Major said.
“Genealogy is an exciting quest that never ends and gets more and more interesting as you go along,” Bainbridge wrote.
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