The Pinckneyville Public Library will be hosting a “free” genealogy class on Thursday, April 30th at 6:30 p.m.  We are fortunate to have Janet Alexander Kaesberg and Jane Templeton Minton to teach this class.

Janet Alexander Kaesberg grew up in Pinckneyville and now lives in Belleville. Her Alexander roots date back to the early 1800’s. Her 6x Great Grandmother is Elizabeth Boone Grant, sister to Daniel Boone. She became interested in genealogy from her Aunt Nina Mohr Matson. Since then, she has been tromping through cemeteries, visiting court houses around the country and delving into endless internet sites for over forty years. She is a 20 year member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, having held several offices in the DAR. She has nine recognized patriots in her lines. She also attends seminars around the country sponsored by Her current focus is on studying DNA and finding new clues using this technology.

Jane was born and raised in Pinckneyville and now resides in Du Quoin. Jane has been doing research in her spare time for over forty years, tracing both her family and the families of others. This hobby has allowed her to travel and make friends around the world while finding living cousins in many states as well as Great Britain and Australia. Her own roots can be traced to England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands, and Scandinavia. Jane worked for John A. Logan College for many years, retiring in the summer of 2014. One of her goals upon retirement was to spend as much time as possible doing genealogy. Just last fall, she earned her certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. The course was divided into five modules: Foundations of Genealogy, Problem Solving, Evidence Evaluation, Forensic Research, and Professional Genealogy. Besides census research, the course included information on such topics as documentation, land records, immigration, and finding living heirs.

Please bring all information you have to begin your family tree, if you’ve already created a profile in or web based program you can bring your laptop or tablet and log on. Paper packets will also be distributed to help you begin your search. Please call the library at 618-357-2410 or log on to our Facebook page to register for this event.