Once again, the Goochland County Historical Society is offering Beginning Genealogy classes. This is a must if you have ever wanted to discover your family’s history, but didn’t know how or where to begin. Classes will provide the basics you need to get started. There will be four sessions; each will be two hours long, for a total of eight hours of instruction. All classes will be held in the meeting room of the Goochland Branch of the Pamunkey Library from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. The first two sessions are scheduled for Saturday, January 20 and Saturday, February 24; the final two sessions—one in March and one in April—are yet to be scheduled, but they also will be held on Saturdays. We are also planning an extra session on Goochland County records, but no date has been set for this extra session.

Topics to be covered include finding information on births, deaths, burial locations, and marriages of family members; identifying lost ancestors; using the U.S. census; judging information when two or more sources conflict; determining date ranges and resolving conflicting dates; online and local information sources; and genealogy programs for use on your computer.

To register, call or email the GCHS at 804-556-3966 or