Genealogy Center Plans Family History Fall Boot Camp

William H. Willennar Genealogy Center will offer a four-session Family History Fall Boot Camp for people to learn how to start genealogy and family history research.


The program will run for four Wednesdays from August 20 to September 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Learning Lab and Research Room at the Willennar Genealogy Center.

Each session will include a DVD lecture by Professor John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., a genealogy researcher and teacher; a group discussion; and activities guided by genealogy staff members that will help attendees begin their research.

These sessions will be a perfect way for people interested in family history and genealogy to get started in a low-pressure environment. Research can feel overwhelming, especially when you haven’t done it before. This program will be at an easy pace, and our trained staff will be on hand to give one-on-one assistance.

Sessions will be:

  • August 20: Introduction and First Steps
  • August 27: Researching Your Family History Online
  • September 3: Researching Your Family History at the Library
  • September 10: How To Tell What’s True

Attendees are invited to bring a brown bag dinner or snacks to eat during the lecture.

If you want to attend, please register online at or by calling the Willennar Genealogy Center at 925-2414 ext. 420. Please register by Friday, August 15, so that there are enough materials for each attendee.


About Jenny

I am the Associate Director of Eckhart Public Library. My office is in the Administrative Annex, but I can often be found roaming the Eckhart Public Library Campus, performing acts of librarianship in every department! I love to read and learn about history. I'm also a huge fan of movies, TV and pop culture in general, and I love to read books of all types. Currently, I'm working my way around the romance section, with some historical fiction and graphic novels thrown in for variety! But you never know what I'm going to pick up next.
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