Event—Public Programming

Genealogy 101: An Introduction to Genealogical Research at the Newberry

In this free introductory workshop, our librarians will help you get started with genealogical research at the Newberry.

A Newberry fellow looks at a photograph in our Special Collections reading room.

This workshop will be held in-person at the Newberry.

In this informal orientation, Newberry reference librarians will introduce you to the Newberry's genealogy and local history collections. Aimed at researchers new to the library and/or new to genealogical research, the session will last an hour and will cover basic principles of building a family tree, genealogy collection strengths, and effective search strategies.

Following the orientation, you're welcome to stick around for a guided tour of the library. You can also begin exploring our collections in the General Reading Room, where a reference librarian can provide assistance.

Although no advance registration for this orientation is required, those planning to stay and do research afterwards will maximize their research time by creating their Newberry Reader's account in advance. Click on https://requests.newberry.org and select 'Create an Account.'

About the Series

Genealogy 101s alternate monthly with our Newberry 101 workshops, which provide a broader introduction to our collection. View the full calendar of our public programming below.

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Cost and Registration

This workshop is free and open to all. No advance registration required. 40 seats will be available.

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