Discovering family history using the Internet

Many people who would like to know more about family history say they don’t know where to start. Which sites to use? Which are reliable? What facts might be discovered that are freely available in federal, state and local public records? Literally millions of records are available if one knows where to look and how to get started.

The Quail Creek Computer Club holds monthly meetings (except during summer months) that feature topics of general interest to the community. The March program on Monday, March 16 in the Ballroom at 7:00 p.m., will demonstrate how to use the Internet to learn more about family histories. Dave Andersen is the featured speaker and will share his experience tracking down source documents, finding military, marriage, birth and death records, as well as long-lost addresses for those hard to find relatives. He will show how to use free internet sites as well as paid genealogy sites to assist in research.

The club’s monthly programs are always open to residents, including renters. A short business meeting opens the evening followed by the program. There will be time at the end for QA and for learning about benefits of club membership.