23 October 2015

Enhance Your Genealogy Research with Old Maps



On Sunday, November 8th at 2:00 p.m. 
the Fresno County Genealogical Society 
will present a Lisa Louise Cooke webinar,

5 Ways to Enhance Your Genealogy Research with Old Maps

In this 77 minute video presentation you will learn:
  • Which historical maps every genealogist should use, including Sanborn maps, census enumeration district maps, plat maps, and more
  • Some of the best online resources for finding old maps
  • How to locate offline historical maps
  • How to create and save your own historical map collection
  • Techniques for using old maps in your research
We invite everyone to attend this free event.  Join us in the Sarah McCardle room, 2nd floor of the Central Library in downtown Fresno.  Free parking. (metered parking only on weekdays during business hours)

If you have any questions, please e-mail Denise at infofcgs(at)gmail.com








Discovering Your Roots: Looking Over the Sea

Come down to the Heritage Center on Sunday, October 25th and join us for our LAST session of
Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy.

We start at 2:00 p.m. in the Sarah McCardle room.

We'll watch Lecture 15: Extending Your Family Tree Overseas

Many of our class participants arrive early to get some research done in the Heritage Center, which opens at 12 noon on Sundays.

Extending Your Family Tree Overseas: Conclude the course with a peek at how to research records outside of the United States.  Focusing on his experiences in Europe, Dr. Colletta reveals what essential facts you need to know about your ancestors, and how to overcome six major challenges to accessing and using historical materials in foreign countries.


Remember that you can come to the Heritage Center and view any of the sessions for Discovering Your Roots, as well as the session notes.

09 October 2015

Discovering Your Roots: Researching and Assembling

Only TWO classes left!

Come down to the Heritage Center on Sunday, October 11th and join us for 
Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy.

We start at 2:00 p.m. in the Sarah McCardle room.

We'll watch Lecture 13: Reseaching in Your Ancestors' Backyards and 
Lecture 14: Assembling An Account of Your Discoveries

There's a short break in between sessions; and many or our class participants arrive early to get some research done in the Heritage Center, which opens at 12 noon on Sundays.

Researching in Your Ancestors' Backyards:  At some point during your detective work, you'll have to actually visit where your ancestors lived.  In this helpful lecture, discover  how to use key local resources you'll need to rely on for success in your research: cemeteries, records of churches and synagogues, city directories, local libraries and historical societies.

Assembling An Account of Your Discoveries:  You've learned how to build context and write an engaging narrative.  Now, examine the best ways to organize your material and assemble a lasting account of your unique heritage. What are the fundamental questions you'll need to answer before writing?  What are the five elements essential to any multi-generational account?

Remember that you can come to the Heritage Center and view any of the sessions for Discovering Your Roots, as well as the session notes.