Foundations of Genealogy II

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Foundations of Genealogy II

Wednesday, 2/26/20 1:00 pm - Wednesday, 4/22/20 3:00 pm

Event Type

Genealogy Workshop
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street
19107 Philadelphia , PA

Develop and strengthen your genealogy skills! This 8-week class is intended for those who already have some familiarity and experience with family history research.

What to Expect

Topics covered include:

  • An introduction to genealogical research using  DNA
  • How to research record groups available for families and individuals living in the 1800s
  • Understanding the naturalization process and its impact on genealogical research
  • Maximizing the resources available at historical societies and how to locate hidden manuscript collections
  • Utilizing federal and state records to uncover family history

Practicum sessions are also included in the class, so you can test your newly-acquired research skills by creating an action plan for a research problem. One class session will be dedicated to expanding attendees’ knowledge of records and resources available at HSP.


Class sessions will take place on Wednesdays from February 26 to April 22, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at HSP’s historic library in Center City, Philadelphia.

No class will be held on Wednesday, March 25.

  • Wednesday, February 26
  • Wednesday, March 4
  • Wednesday, March 11
  • Wednesday, March 18
  • Wednesday, April 1
  • Wednesday, April 8
  • Wednesday, April 15
  • Wednesday, April 22


About the Instructors

Classes will be led by Sydney F. Cruice Dixon, Sandra M. Hewlett CGSM, and Frank Southcott.

Know Before You Register

This 8-week class is intended for those who already have some familiarity and experience with family history research. Completion of HSP's Foundations of Genealogy I course, or equivalent competency, is recommended.

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

Refunds are available until January 29. After that time, no refunds can be issued. We apologize for any inconvenience.

For more information about Foundations of Genealogy II, 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.