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“Turn Family Files to Family Trees” with Genealogy Classes at Renaud Spirit Center

Posted on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 9:14 am

Genealogy classes will be offered through the Renaud Spirit Center, and taught by members of the Caroline Close Stuart Chapter, NSDAR (National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution) on January 20, 2018 at 2650 Tri Sport Circle, O’Fallon, Missouri.

The class starts at 8:30 a.m. and will cover beginning information about how to start a family tree, where to locate documents and how to organize the information collected. The afternoon class held the same day begins at 1pm and will go into more in depth information for anyone who has already gotten started but wants to sharpen skills and search like a pro. Each class will end with information on how to become a member of the DAR. DAR Chapter members will also be on hand to help with research road blocks.

Mary Jo Anderson, Chapter Registrar and Field Genealogist says. “Tracking your family’s roots is “just like being a gopher, you dig and dig until you find what you need and you keep working your way back,” one piece of information at a time.  “If people enjoy history and want to help perpetuate our beginning roots this is the place you should be,” she says.  Tracing your family roots back further than two or three generations can be a daunting challenge. However, if you manage to connect your ancestral line directly to a patriot of the American Revolutionary War, you could be eligible to join the new DAR Chapter.

Residents and non-residents of O’Fallon must register for the classes with the Renaud Spirit Center at 636-474-2732. You may also find information about the local DAR chapter on the web at