Genealogy Classes

Are you looking for genealogy classes? If so, we have a couple of options for you. One is The Great Courses available through Hoopla. Hoopla is a virtual library collection which offers movies and other formats. These classes are featured on our genealogy page. There are a total of fifteen genealogy classes covering many aspects of genealogy including online genealogy, military records, homestead records, ship passenger lists, naturalization records, state records, and information on searching overseas. The presenter is Dr. John Philip Colletta. Dr. Colletta is one of America's most popular genealogy lecturers. He is a faculty member at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama; the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy; and Boston University's Genealogical Research Program.

Discovering your Roots

Another more local option is through Megan Heyl, a genealogist in the Holland area. Megan offers programs every month, usually the last Saturday of the month. (This year, programs in May, November, and December are on the third Saturday of the month due to holidays.) Some of her past programs have covered DNA research, Ottawa County Records, Road Trip Tips, and the Ottawa County Poorhouse. She has different speakers every month. While the programs have been virtual, beginning in May these programs will again be at the Howard Miller Community Center from 11 am until 1 pm. Megan also teaches Genealogy Basics and Beyond for those who are interested in classes. The classes are designed to help you acquire new knowledge or modify existing knowledge, and to advance your genealogical journey in a relaxed social setting. These classes are via Zoom and the next three classes are also on Saturdays on May 7, June 11 and July 9. She will also have classes on September 10, October 1 and November 12. These will be from 11 am until 1 pm via Zoom.  For more information contact Megan at

For more information on genealogy programs at Herrick, check out our events page.