Getting started in genealogy research can seem overwhelming, especially with today’s multitude of online resources, not to mention the potential connections through DNA testing. Yet clicking on a leaf or swabbing your cheek may not be the best ways to begin. Some longtime genealogists say, “Begin with what you know.” But what do you really know and what family information still needs to be documented? How to make sense of Great Uncle Bernie’s tall tales or Grandma’s reminiscences? And what about those boxes of old letters? And recipes, books, and unidentified family photos?
The complications are enough to make anyone give up rather than dive in. Yet the desire remains to know one’s ancestors and one’s inheritances.
This workshop provides ways to focus your research, along with forms, strategies, and organizational tips for directing your search. Participants will leave with a checklist of next steps for their individual projects.
Class size 9
Level Beginner and above
Student Supply List
A tablet or laptop may be helpful for note taking but is not necessary. Students should come prepared to explain their interest and what family history materials they may have, as well as obstacles they may have encountered.
Registration Policies & Waiting Lists
You will receive a registration confirmation via email. If you do not have an email address, you will receive a snail-mail confirmation.
Please read your class confirmation carefully as it may include a supply list and other important details.
Many classes have materials fees in addition to the tuition. These are identified in the class listing and are usually paid with the tuition payment, however in some cases materials fees are paid directly to the instructor at class time (check the class listing).
While we recognize that life intrudes and plans change, in consideration of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for classes, we must adhere to the following cancellation policies:
> Cancellations made 31 days before the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are eligible for a full refund less 25% of the workshop fee OR a gift certificate in the full amount of the workshop fee. The gift certificate can be applied to workshops or lodging through Dec. 31 of the following year and is transferable.
> Cancellations made 30 days or less than the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are not eligible for refunds. We encourage all students to purchase trip insurance.
> Cancellation requests must be made by calling our office at (608) 987-3292.
> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with your class, please refer to our lodging page for the lodging cancellation policy.
Cancellations by Shake Rag Alley
> If Shake Rag Alley must cancel a class you will be notified immediately via email or phone and will receive a full refund.
> If a class does not meet a minimum number of students, it may be cancelled. A decision to cancel a class due to under enrollment will be made on the day following the published registration deadline.
> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with a class cancelled by Shake Rag Alley, you may receive a full refund on lodging should you wish to cancel the lodging. Please call the office at (608) 987-3292.
If a workshop you are interested in is sold out, please fill out this waiting list form. We will contact you if a spot becomes available. The class code requested on the form is the Workshop ID shown at left, beneath the Add to Cart button.