Fall is just around the corner and as we begin planning family gatherings during the holidays, many of us also begin to wonder about our roots. Where did our family come from? Who were our great-great-grandparents?
Three local authors, two archivists, and a digital librarian will present six events designed to help both amateur and experienced family genealogists discover their own histories as part of the Forsyth County Public Library Fall Genealogy Series.
Those who are curious about their ancestors but don’t have any experience in genealogy or research should join Atlanta History Center Senior archivist Sue VerHoef for “Life in the Past Lane – Beginning Genealogy” on Thursday, October 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hampton Park Library. VerHoef will introduce tips and resources to help participants embark on their own ancestral journey.
Digital Projects Librarian Mandy Mastrovita will present the “Digital Library of Georgia” workshop at the Sharon Forks Library on Monday, October 20 at 2:00 p.m. Mastrovita will introduce workshop participants to collections in the Digital Library of Georgia that are helpful to genealogical researchers, such as historical newspapers, tax records, marriage records, death certificates and photo collections. All these resources are available online and may be used free of charge.
If you’re interested in local history, you won’t want to miss Atlanta author Joe Dabney as he discusses his book Mountain Spirits on Wednesday, October 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cumming Library. The folklore of moonshine whiskey is full of fact and fiction, but the real characters tell stories even more humorous and exciting. Dabney will share interviews about actual moonshiners to help illuminate the origins and development of the art of making whiskey.
Each event in the Fall Genealogy Series is free, but advance registration is requested. For more information, or to register, please visit www.forsythpl.org.