The Brainerd Public Library will host genealogy workshops Tuesday, May 1. The workshops will include three different classes scheduled at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Participants can register by calling the library at 218-829-5574 or by visiting

Genealogist Rick Crume will teach the classes. The sessions are as follows:

• 11 a.m. to noon, A Guide to FamilySearch and Ancestry: A free site,, has a large, growing collection of records, books, photos and family trees. Available at the Brainerd Public Library and other Kitchigami Regional Library branch locations, Ancestry Library Edition gives free access to billions of census records, vital records, directories, photos and more. Crume will share search strategies and power user tips for both websites.

• 1-2 p.m., Tree-Keeping: This session will discuss tools to help record names, dates, relationship, sources, family stories and photographs for those who are serious about genealogy. Genealogy software, an online tree or a combination of the two can help accomplish those tasks. Crume will compare the most popular options, including RootsMagic and Family Tree Maker software, Ancestry Member Trees and the FamilySearch Family Tree. He'll also describe how to synchronize family trees on a computer, mobile devices and online family trees.

• 2:30-3:30 p.m., Foreign Newspapers Online: Newspapers from around the world, some dating back to the 18th century, are online. Most collections offer full-text searching, and many are free. This session will discuss how to use online foreign newspapers to discover references to immigrant ancestors before they left their homelands or stories about American relatives traveling abroad, working overseas, serving in the military or doing missionary work.

This free Legacy Program sponsored by the library is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008, which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota's arts and cultural heritage.