Menlo Park Family History Center reopens

Family History Lecture Series

The Menlo Park Family History Center is hosting a 12- session lecture series featuring Dr. Inge Harding-Barlow, MPFHC Senior Genealogist.

Coming up:

Lecture Series – Session 4 - Scottish Emigration Records
Date:  Saturday, May 7, 2022
Time:  11:00 am
Location:  Stake Center Relief Society Room

See our MPFHC Classes page to RSVP.


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This site is about Inge's genealogy classes held in San Mateo County, CA and transferring her many years of expertise to those interested in pursuing their own research.

Dr. Inge Harding-Barlow was the fifth and youngest child of a judge and, by descent, a quarter Dutch, a quarter North German on her mother's side, and half English on her father's side. 


She grew up in South Africa and has lived in Barron Park for many years volunteering for many local activities.


Email: ihb146 AT eskimo DOT com



Register for MP Family HIstory Center Lectures:

  • Fill out the registration form for SM Adult Ed or call the phone number provided for Palo Alto Adult Education or Menlo  Park Family History Center.


  • The cost of each class is listed under each venue.

  • Pay by following the directions given by the registrar for each school.



The Menlo Park History Center is not open yet. Consultations will start in March, hopefully. Please book a time by contacting Inge at ihb146 DOT eskimo DOT com

The key to your success in finding your ancestors is creating a personal timeline then matching it with a historic timeline, knowing religious connections, and the economics of the time. If you don't know what was going on in a particular country at a particular time, you won't know where to look for records about your ancestors. 


At each class, Inge provides very detailed handouts on how to research your ancestors and provides a thumb drive with genealogical records from around the world including European

  • Rulers

  • History

  • Timelines

  • People

  • Biographies of the rulers of England, France, Spain, & Portugal 

  • Digitized version of the class notes to make it easier to search.


With these resources, students can pursue their own investigations at their leisure. Much of that can be done at the Menlo Park Family History Center when it opens - hopefully in the near future.


I have benefited from your instructions on how to find factual information about my ancestors. It was a surprising experience to be able to compare facts obtained direct from the original sources versus those published on paid for programs such as Ancestry, Family Search and My Heritage. Not to say they shouldn't be used, rather be aware that information should be verified by going direct to the source.

It was amazing to see the inconsistencies in published family trees, for instance. Inge, you gave me the direction and search paths to use when working on my own. This was not easy, and did take me awhile to adjust to this investigating style. It was worth the time and effort and has resulted in my finding the exact villages, addresses, parishes and relatives for "my people" in Spain and the Azores. Thank you for sharing - Marie Cox