Join historian Bessida Cauthorne White for a look at Genealogy with RCC Lifelong Learning at the RCC Glenns Campus

Appearing for the first time as an instructor for the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL) is Bessida Cauthorne White, who will teach “Genealogy 101: Climbing Your Family Tree” on September 13, 20, and 27 (Wednesdays), 2-4 p.m., in the board room at RCC’s Glenns Campus.

Though genealogy is one of the fastest-growing hobbies in the United States, getting started can be daunting. This course’s tips and strategies for uncovering family stories will include basic genealogy terms and tools, public and private records, Internet sources, oral history, and DNA. Participants will be guided through the process of beginning their own family trees; for maximum individual attention from the instructor, class size will be limited to 15.

Long-time genealogist Bessida Cauthorne White is the historian for eight different families, and manages DNA results for 25 members of her own family. A founder of two genealogy societies, she currently serves as president of the Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “Genealogy 101: Climbing Your Family Tree” and other RILL courses, or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at RCC’s Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707), or e-mail her at

The Educational Foundation expresses sincere appreciation to the Bank of Lancaster’s Golden Advantage program, and to Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, for their generous support of RILL in 2017.