Explore your family’s ancestry and possibly discover previously unknown relatives while completing the Genealogy: Your Path to Your Past noncredit workshop at Northland Pioneer College’s Show Low – White Mountain Campus, 1001 W. Deuce of Clubs, in the Learning Center, room 134, on Thursday afternoons, 2 to 4:30 pm, Sept. 15 through Nov. 10. There is a $60 fee for the class.
After a successful career in the corporate accounting world, Marjorie Stockton decided to take her avocation for genealogy to the next level – working to become an accredited genealogist. “It takes a sincere interest in the study of genealogy to be accurate in the research and to be willing to spend the time it takes to find the records,” she noted. She and her husband spent five months in 2005 in their motor home, traveling over 11,700 miles visiting graveyards, house address locations, courthouses and recordkeeping facilities, military cemeteries, including Arlington National Cemetery in 12 states. “I found that some facilities had pertinent records that could only be viewed at the facility. I also found a ‘live’ relative that was not known to me before my trip.”
In her genealogy workshop, Stockton will help students explore and record generations of your ancestors, learn of those who came before you, and preserve this valuable information by making a history timeline; for you and your descendants. “Once you start you won’t want to stop!” noted Stockton. She utilizes Ancestry.com, which includes original copies of World War I draft records and census data from 1940. “This is a great resource to find addresses, occupations, ages, property values, countries of origin and many other interesting facts,” added Stockton. Students must be 17 years or older and have basic computer skills. For the first class, bring any birth, marriage or death records that you may have.
Sign up for the Genealogy: Your Path to the Past workshop (reference HCT 099x-55-64188) at any NPC location or by phone, 524-7459 or (800) 266-7845 ext. 7459, during regular business hours, 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday, or 8 am to 4 pm on Fridays.