Genealogy with Inge  


  • Inge Harding-Barlow grew up in South Africa, the youngest of five siblings. 

  • By the age of 23 she had three degrees from Cape Town University including one in Toxicolory.

  • Her passion is world history and genealogy. She has traveled all over the world and on those trips has gathered genealogical resources that she shares in her classes.

  • Inge's careers covers scientific research as wide-ranging as laser microprobe analysis, toxicology, nutrition and aspects of them as applied to cancer, heart disease and the environment. She even worked on the first moon rocks at NASA, Ames.

About Dr. Inge Harding-Barlow: Her Life, Career, and Passions

Dr. Inge Harding-Barlow grew up in South Africa and was from babyhood a champion of the "underdog."


By the age of 23 she had three degrees from Cape Town University, at that stage ranked among the top 30 universities in the world.


She came to the U.S. as one of the nine American University Women's Overseas Postdoctoral Scholars of 1961 and later lectured for them in Texas, Louisiana and California.

Inge, who has been an independent consultant in toxicology for over 20 years, has worked at the local, state, national and international levels in many aspects of pollution and toxics control. Her work has allowed her to travel widely and also "meet the people", not as a tourist. Africa, Asia, and Australia hold as much charm for Inge as Europe. She has family in all of these places as well.

At home, she admits to at least two passions: 

  1. Her first passion is world history and genealogy. She and a friend, John Gleed, taught a 20-part lecture series on English genealogy and history. About 40 fans of this duo attend faithfully each Saturday at the Menlo Park Family History Center. 

  2. Second is a love of all animals, wild and domestic, with dogs her favorite. She often greets dogs and other animals, before their "people", [owners] because, she says, "they need it more"! Why the picture of the donkeys? Inge is a donkey handler for Bol Park since 1996. This donkey pasture has been in existence since 1936.



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About these classes:

The course consists of Sessions 1 and 2, for a total of 14 classes covering genealogy, history, economics from places worldwide,  and related records.


The key to the success finding your ancestors is history and economics.

"In fact, to identify some issues about their families and tell their stories, they must study a variety of topics that can include geography, history, foreign language, map reading, topography, and more in order to gain a sense of how family members may have lived." - Diana Hart,  Other Ways of Knowing: The Intersection of Education when Researching Family Roots. 


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. Inge presents history by using famous people and historical events to bring past history to life. Bring a thumb-drive to class to download the handouts and additional records included with your tuition.

What these classes are not:

The classes are not for people who want to learn how to use genealogy websites like Ancestry.com or Familysearch.com. There are many website, tutorial, and books that will do a splendid job of that.