Reba Jones, a volunteer here in the North Carolina Room, is a family history researcher with 30 years of experience. She is teaching beginner and intermediate genealogy classes at Forsyth County Public Library branches. These classes are non-computer based but some electronic resources will be touched upon.

The beginner genealogy class is suitable for people who are in the earliest stages of their family history research. Reba will focus primarily on vital (birth, marriage and death records) and census records.

The intermediate genealogy class will cover tax lists, bastardy bonds, wills & deeds, and military records. Reba will also answer questions that participants have about the research they have done and help them to break through any brick walls that they might have encountered.

The schedule for Reba’s classes is as follows:

Beginner classes

November 16, 2011 from 1-3 pm at Kernersville branch

January 18, 2012 from 1-3 pm at Malloy Jordan East Winston Heritage Center

Intermediate classes

October 4, 2011 from 1-3 pm at Rural Hall branch

February 22, 2012 from 1-3 at Malloy Jordan East Winston Heritage Center


For those who are interested in learning to use electronic genealogy databases such as Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest, I teach classes in the computer lab at Central Library every other month. Please note that my focus is primarily on electronic resources and less on process, though I do give a brief overview of how to start your family history research. For more information and to register please go to the Computer Training Bridge web page. Participants should have a working knowledge of computers and the internet to register for this class. The next class is scheduled for October.


Please direct questions to:

Melodie Farnham