ASHEBORO – Learn about online genealogy research at the Asheboro Public Library in April, and find out about DNA testing during the Randolph County Genealogical Society’s Spring Workshop, also at the Asheboro library.
The library classes, led by librarian and genealogist Ann Palmer, will feature the two library-provided electronic genealogy resources, Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest.
In “Using Ancestry.com Library Edition,” 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 12, participants can get hands-on to learn the basics of using Ancestry.com, the world’s most-used database for researching family history. The class will explore the major features of Ancestry, plus tips on how to search more effectively.
It also will cover the differences between Ancestry Library Edition, which is available for in-house use at any Randolph County Public Library location, and the subscription version, Ancestry.com. Also covered will be how to send discoveries to your email.
In “Using Heritage Quest,” 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 26, participants will learn how to discover the unique information available through Heritage Quest. This database, while not as broad as Ancestry.com, can be accessed from home or anywhere there’s an Internet connection with your library card or student ID.
A limited number of library laptops is available for each class, so registration is required; participants can bring their own laptops as well. To sign up, call 336-318-6803.
The Randolph County Genealogy Society will explore the use of DNA for genealogy in its spring workshop, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Asheboro library. The presenter will be Larry Cates, librarian at the High Point Public Library’s Heritage Research Center.
Participants can register for giveaway of a free DNA kit (you must be present to win). Seating is limited to the first 50 arrivals.
A Genealogical Society membership meeting to elect new board members will follow.
The library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro. For further information, call 336-318-6815.