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Genealogy Classes taught at the following locations in Western Pennsylvania:

    Community College of Allegheny County, North Campus held at the Community College of Allegheny County, North Campus, 8701 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. (Rt. 19, one traffic light south of Cumberland Road) (Classes were taught 1993 through Spring 2007 by Elissa Powell, CG.)

    Butler County Community College, Cranberry Township Campus
    (Classes were taught by Elissa Powell, CG from 1998 to 2003.)

    Your Location: Elissa Scalise Powell, CG is available to come to your location to teach a series of classes for a minimum group of 6 people. Content can be adjusted to fit the needs of the participants. See below for some ideas as well as the individual lectures here.

Genealogy: A to Z
taught by Elissa Scalise Powell, Certified Genealogist

An 18-hour course in beginning genealogy. No text is necessary as handouts are given each week. Please call to schedule your group's personalized course of instruction.

    PURPOSE: To learn about various tools and techniques that will enable you to discover more about your family history through the diverse records and information that are available to you.

Week 1 – Introduction; Record Keeping; Home Sources; Vital Records

Week 2 – Organizational Software; Soundex and Census;

Week 3 – Courthouse Records; Migration Trails; Maps

Week 4 – Church and Cemetery Records; Military Records; Libraries and Archives

Week 5 – Field Trip to local research facility for hands-on work with instructor

Week 6 – Passenger Lists; Computer Usage; Email lists and Subscription services

The Computer as a Genealogical Tool
taught by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG

A 12-hour course in how to use the computer in your genealogical research. This course presumes some knowledge of genealogical terms and research techniques. No text is required, although books will be recommended. To see details of what is covered, click on the class content below.

    PURPOSE: To learn about various ways that your computer can be useful in your genealogical research, organization and publishing of information, and as an educational tool.


Week 1 – Introduction; Getting Organized; Evidence Evaluation; Portals

Week 2 – Email Lists; Libraries and Archives

Week 3 – Search Engines; Genealogy Software, GEDCOM

Week 4 – CD-ROMs; On-Line Services; On-Line Classes

    Last updated 22 December 2007


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