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Canby Public Library has the first workshop of a three-part genealogy program

by: RACHEL ALDRICH - Participants in the first of three genealogy workshops at the Canby Public Library get ready to delve into their respective family pasts. About a dozen people showed up Thursday as the Canby Public Library kicked off its genealogy workshop series. Teacher Carol Jackson has worked as a genealogy consultant for 35 years and Thursday was a chance to get people started in the search for their past.

“I’ve been interested in genealogy since I was a girl,” she said. “It connects us to our roots – to our families.”

Jackson is teaching the class using a free, safe online program that allows users to input information, chat and compare notes, attach records for proof of research and family collaboration.

There is also an index where volunteers type out handwritten records so they are searchable.

“I’m excited about this new program,” she said. “I’ve been doing genealogy since I was 20 and this program is phenomenal.”

Bertha VonCraigh said she came because she had been using a paid site and was interested because this one was free.

Participant Sue Clark said she was really glad it was series of classes instead of just one, and that the first one left them in good shape for the rest of the classes.

“It was great fun,” she said. “It’s like detective work.”

She, along with other participants like Helen Ferguson, already had gathered plenty of information that they or relatives had dug up, and needed the tools to organize it and make it useable. Jackson taught them just those skills.

The next two classes are Thursdays, July 12 and 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at the library. For more information, call 503-266-3394.