Upcoming Genealogy Classes at the Watkins Museum

Genealogy Classes are taught by Alisa and Richard Branham.

Richard Branham is a KU professor who has been researching his family history for 40+ years.  Alisa is a KU staff member who caught the genealogy "bug" from her husband about 20 years ago; previously she worked for the Kansas State Historical Society. They have traveled across the U.S. and Great Britain to visit their ancestral homes and research in numerous genealogy libraries, historical museums, and local archives.

Class registration fees (unless stated otherwise) are $10 for DCHS members, $15 for non-members. You may sign up online or contact the museum at 785-841-4109. Class size is limited; we recommend signing up in advance.

Group Work Day and One-Hour Consultations

November 11, 2017
9:30 a.m. · Midwest Genealogy Center, Independence, Mo.
Group work day and one-hour consultations at Midwest Genealogy Center, Independence, MO. Richard and Alisa will meet students at the library at 9:30 a.m. and be available to help them find and analyze records until 4:30 p.m. Included with your class fee is a brief tour of the facility at 9:30, plus one-on-one help for up to an hour during the day. Bring your files and a couple of focused research questions.

Introduction to Genealogy, including Census and Vital Records

December 09, 2017
10 a.m. to Noon · Watkins Museum
We will revise our popular introduction class to include more about Census and Vital Records, which are key starting points in your family history research. There will be plenty of homework for those who register at least a week in advance, and lots of useful handouts. Encourage your friends and family to enroll too!

Understanding DNA Results for Genealogy

January 13, 2018
10 a.m. to Noon · Watkins Museum
This class is for everyone, including students who took our first DNA class. We will spend most of the time looking at case studies, figuring out what to do with all those matches (!) and learning how to use DNA results to find relatives and stories. One of your classmates, who was adopted as an infant, will share his search strategies – he found his family using DNA and online family trees! There will be lots of active discussion with this class. We know you love this topic, and we will have hot coffee and treats to keep us warm!

Researching Ancestors from England

February 10, 2018
10 a.m. to Noon · Watkins Museum
We have made four trips to Great Britain to conduct geneaology research. We have lots of resources and experiences to share! This class will focus on English history, maps, records and databases. Students will be encouraged to share their expertise and helpful tips as well.

Using Maps in Genealogy Research

March 10, 2018
10 a.m. to Noon · Watkins Museum
This will be an expansion of Richard’s first class on Land Records and Maps, with a more intense focus on using maps as an analytical tool. We may also discuss using timelines, Google, and migration in your research, since "time" and "place" are critical to locating records. We will bring lots of examples, and be available to answer your questions after class.

Researching Ancestors from Scotland and Ireland

April 14, 2018
10 a.m. to Noon · Watkins Museum
Alisa's ancestors came from the Scottish Borders through Northern Ireland to Virginia and Missouri. Richard is descended from a famous Scottish highlander who was deported to Charleston where he married a Cherokee woman. Other participants in our class have proper Irish ancestry, from the current Republic of Ireland. Research in Ireland can be very challenging, so let us help you by sharing what we’ve already learned! This will be our last class of the 2017-18 season.
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