CCGS Fall 2017 Class Schedule
The following classes are scheduled for the Fall curriculum:
Most classes meet in CCGS Education Center, 715 Grand Blvd., Vancouver, but check each listing for other locations.
Unless marked Free, classes are $12 for CCGS members and $15 for non-members.
To register in advance or for more information call the CCGS library, 360-750-5688, or visit the library,
717 Grand Blvd., Vancouver: Hours 10am-3pm, Tuesday through Friday,
Download Registration Form
You may register at the door but please pre-register: classes may be canceled if there is insufficient interest.
Getting Started Tracing Your Family Roots
Tuesday September 19, 10am-12n Free Class
Instructor Brian Runyan
This class will get you started researching your family tree.
Topics include collecting information from the family,
family group sheets, pedigree charts, genealogy database programs and best practices for research.
Researching Pennsylvania Records
Tuesday, October 3, 10am-12n
Instructor Elsie Deatherage
Pennsylvania has several distinct ethic and religious groups that kept different records than
we may be accustomed to, but that are really helpful. Learn how to overcome the challenges of
state boundary issues, the shifting borders of counties and townships and the difficulties in
locating churches and cemeteries. This class will cover the on and offline resources that are
unique to the Keystone State.
Organizing On Purpose
Tuesday, October 10, 10am-12n
Instructor Bea Ritter
Learn organizing strategies to easily find your copies and documents. Minimize the paper trail
with notebooks and/or file drawers. Discover how-tos for saving your precious original photos
with archival box examples. Bea has written 2 family history books, so join Bea as she offers
her organizational strategies and ideas.
Researching Internet Sources
Tuesday, October 17, 10am-12n
Instructor Alice Allen
Discover family genealogy research sources available online. Everyday family information previously
available from distant archives are being digitized and made available online, some free and while
others are fee based. This class will benefit both new and experienced searchers.
Researching Ohio Records
Thursday, November 7, 10am-12n
Instructor Lethene Parks
Lethene will share some of Ohio’s unique early land laws that impacted other states’ land division and
land laws. This class will reveal the many record sources in Ohio: libraries, archives, historical
societies, and Ohio’s systems of county archives and township records. Further this class will point
out Ohio records in CCGS Library.
Secrets of the Census
Tuesday, November 14, 10am-12n
Instructor Barbara Schrag
Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced researcher, learn more about what the census has to tell you.
This class will focus on details of the United States Federal Census. We will also touch on census
research in Canada, Ireland and Great Britain.
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