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ITHACA — Tompkins County Public Library is pleased to offer a three part Genealogy Skill Building workshop series in our Digital Lab. Susan Nixson, a local genealogy enthusiast, will facilitate this series, which begins Thursday, March 1, from 4:00 to 5:30 PM, and continues March 15 and 29.

Susan Nixson holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, and she started a genealogy services business, Charting Origins, in 2017. She is a currently a volunteer archivist for the First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca.

The first part of the workshop will be an in-depth review of Free Online Resources. A variety of free online tools will be discussed, and participants will have the opportunity to explore them in a guided class room setting.

The second part will focus on Practical Search Methods, and participants will gain insight on how to utilize all of the information in the documents. They will learn techniques to help them discover more from the information that they already have. Proper documentation of sources will be covered.

The third and final part of the series concerns Evidence and the Genealogical Proof Standard. Participants will learn to employ the standard to create real results and take their research to the next level. This session will fully explore sources, information types, and evidence as defined by Elizabeth Shown Mills, internationally acclaimed historical researcher.

Space is limited and registration is required. Please contact Teresa Vadakin at to register or for more information.