Foundations of Genealogy I

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Foundations of Genealogy I

Wednesday, 9/25/19 1:00 pm - Wednesday, 11/13/19 3:00 pm

Event Type

Genealogy Workshop
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street
19107 Philadelphia , PA
This fall, in partnership with professional genealogist Sydney F. Cruice Dixon, HSP will host Foundations of Genealogy I, an 8-week course for family historians and genealogists seeking to become more effective and efficient researchers.

What to Expect

During each course session, registrants will learn the skills and explore the resources necessary to build a solid foundation in genealogy research. Ms. Cruice Dixon will explore how to conduct proper research, discuss the advantages/disadvantages of online genealogy resources, examine which historical records can reveal the most about researchers’ family histories, and more.

Over the 8-week course, registrants will learn proven research methods to root out their most elusive ancestors, as well as how to document research findings with reliable evidence.

For beginner and experienced genealogists alike, Foundations of Genealogy I is designed to equip researchers with the fundamental knowledge and expertise to develop new skills on their own, wherever their research may take them – whether online or in person at libraries and archives.
The course has been capped at 40 registrants, allowing for a much more personal experience than other genealogy workshops and seminars. In addition to its educational content, the course offers a social opportunity for registrants to learn and develop as researchers with other family historians and genealogists.


Class sessions will take place on Wednesdays from September 25 to November 13, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at HSP’s historic library in Center City, Philadelphia.

Note: class will be held on Tuesday, October 8, instead of Wednesday, October 9, due to the Yom Kippur holiday.

  • Wednesday, September 25
  • Wednesday, October 2
  • Tuesday, October 8
  • Wednesday, October 16
  • Wednesday, October 23
  • Wednesday, October 30
  • Wednesday, November 6
  • Wednesday, November 13

About the Instructor

Sydney F. Cruice Dixon is a professional genealogist and lecturer in the Mid-Atlantic Region and currently serves as the President of the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She holds an MBA from Drexel University and a BA from Penn State University. She is a member of the faculty for the Researching Family in Pennsylvania Institute and she developed the curriculum and teaches the Foundations of Genealogy courses at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Sydney also serves on Genealogy Advisory Committee for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. She has been actively researching family genealogies since 1995.

Know Before You Register

Computer literacy and an subscription are required. Registrants are encouraged to bring their laptops/tablet if possible.

Tickets are refundable until August 23. After that date, no refunds can be issued. We apologize for any inconvenience.

For more information about Foundations of Genealogy I, please contact Beth Twiss Houting, HSP’s Senior Director of Programs and Services, at 215-982-2442 or

Special Thanks

Foundations of Genealogy is made possible through the support of the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.