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Class at Robert Trail Library will help people dig up the past

Christine Larson has long had an interest in her family history. She enjoys learning about her ancestors and making connections to the people who went before her.

As a Dakota County librarian she also enjoys helping others find their own family histories. Larson will lead a class on finding family history on the Internet from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Robert Trail Library computer lab.

Larson said the class will focus on the basics of finding family history online. She will give general information on how to search for information and give advice on how to navigate the bigger sites including Ancestry Library Edition, which is free at the library.

Participants can follow along on the computer or just listen and take notes. The Robert Trail lab has 12 computers available for the class.

While it's fun to learn about family history, Larson warned that you have to be ready for the unexpected.

"You have to be prepared to find out one of your ancestors was infamous rather than famous," said Larson.

Larson has taught the class since 1998. Over the years she's honed it to provide something for everyone from beginner to the more advanced. She said the class draws a variety of people from teens to seniors.

The class is free but requires registration. Registration can be completed online at or by calling the library at 651-480-1200.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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