Genealogy classes nearly full

Nov. 4, 2009 at 5:04 a.m.

The January Beginning Genealogy 101 class is so popular, there are only four openings left in the Wednesday night class. The Victoria College Continuing Education Department now has opened a second section on Thursday evenings. During the month of January, beginning Jan. 6-7, the classes will be held Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. The final session is Feb. 6, a day-long research trip to the Houston Clayton Public Library.

The five-week course offers beginners an opportunity to learn the basics of genealogy in a continuing education course with no written exams or grades. Transcripts are not needed for registration and each class is limited to 25 participants. As the course instructor, I will offer individualized instruction and suggestions for further genealogical research.

Students will learn the beginning steps of genealogical research and recording family history data. Certificates will be awarded to participants who complete the course. Students will learn how and where to obtain vital records, how to search for needed documents, and ways to document and record their findings in a systematic approved genealogical form. The final Saturday session will be a day of intense genealogical research in the Clayton Library, an outstanding genealogical resource center, and will encourage participants to return as they continue their family history discoveries.

For more information and to sign-up for the course, call 361-582-2528. Tuition is $95. Instructions for payment will be given when participants register for the class. All classes, with the exception of the Saturday final session, will meet in the Continuing Education Center, room 203. The building faces Ben Jordan Street, near Victoria College Entrance No. 1.

Galveston Records - Did your ancestors come to Texas through the Port of Galveston? A traveling exhibit, "Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America through Galveston Island," opens Nov. 21, at Moody Gardens. Chronicling the Port of Galveston's largely forgotten history as a major gateway to American immigration from 1845 to 1924, the exhibit features personal letters and ads that announced to 19th-Century Europeans the opportunities for land ownership in Texas. Also included are stories of immigrants who used this U.S. port of entry. "Forgotten Gateway" builds on a growing scholarly and public interest in the history of migration patterns to America and Galveston's place as one of the nation's top immigrant ports in that history. Details can be found at http://www.moodygar attractions/ discovery_ museum/. Wilson County History Book - Do you have ancestors who settled in Wilson County, Texas? The Wilson County Sesquicentennial committee announces the completion of the 2010 "Wilson County Sesquicentennial History Book," available soon for purchase at The full-color, 166 page book, contains stories of notable people in the county, many beautiful pictures, and ads from community members and businesses that preserve their history as well as provide financial help to support the publication.

Happy Researching.

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