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To commemorate Family History Month, Billings Public Library and the Yellowstone Genealogy Forum will co-host a series of classes on genealogy in October.

All of the presentations are free and open to the public.

Tuesday genealogy classes will consist of two parts: class from 2-3 p.m., then individual research from 3 to 4 p.m. The YGF will also provide Genealogy Room assistance from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Thursday presentations will take place from 4 to 6 p.m.

According to a press release from the library, the class schedule is:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 2: “What did You Research Last Summer?” Review the family group sheet, census internet search and family interviews.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9: “Writing Family Stories.” P.J. Smith, of YGF, will teach how to organize and present your story from documents.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16: “Online Family Trees.” Adding new information through hints, documents and other trees.
  • Thursday, Oct. 18: “How to Use Find a Grave.” P.J. Smith will demonstrate how to locate family plots.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23: “Archives on the Internet.” Locate facts for people, families, cities, military units and more.
  • Thursday, Oct. 25: “Homestead Dreams.” Presented through Humanities Montana, Hal Stearns will describe the American West’s last great land rush and the drought and depression that followed.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 30: “Discover the Montana Memory Project and the Digital Public Library of America.” Cassie Baker and Gavin Woltjer will demonstrate how the MMP and DPLA can help you find facts and pictures about relatives and the places they lived.

The classes will be held in the second floor computer classroom, except for the Oct. 25 class, which will take place in the community room.

For more information, call the library at 657-8258.

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