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6/3/2017 - Workshop Series with Penny Hartzell Workshop Series with Penny Hartzell

Genealogist Penny Hartzell will give a three-part workshop series on how to use, a free genealogy website. All workshops will be held in the Kingsley Room of the Southbury Public Library and registration is required for all workshops as space is limited to 10 participants. The first workshop is “Introduction to” and will be held Tuesday, June 20th from 6-8pm. Part two is “Setting up a Family Tree in Family and will be Tuesday, July 11th from 6-8pm. The third workshop is “Microfilm Basics” on Tuesday, August 8th from 6-8pm.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. For over 100 years, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide. Patrons may freely access our resources and service online at, or through over 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries.

In Part I, “Introduction to Family,” Penny Hartzell will show participants how to create a free account on and the basics of using this site. In Part II, “Setting up a Family Tree in,” she will show participants how to create a family tree on that they can later access from home with their free account. In Part III, “Microfilm Basics,” she will show participants how to order microfilms from and how to most effectively use a microfilm machine. All of these workshops will use laptop computers. Familiarity and comfort with basic computer use (mouse, keyboard, web browsing) is required for all workshop participants.

Penny Hartzell is a member of several prestigious genealogical organizations. In 2009, she started a Genealogy Lab at the Woodbury Sr. Community Center and was elected President of the Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council. Penny also volunteers at the LDS Family History Center in Newtown. She has lectured in the past at the Southbury Public Library, the Naugatuck Valley Genealogy Club, and more.

Registration is required. Please call 203-262-0626 ext. 130 to register. This program is sponsored by the Janet Mann Genealogy Fund.


Contact: Katherine Mostacero
Reference Librarian
Southbury Public Library
100 Poverty Road
Southbury, CT 06488
203-262-0626 ext. 131