Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Local Experts Present Fall Genealogy Series

Four local genealogy experts will lead 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.

Cliff Roberts will launch the series with a presentation entitled “Using Civil War Records in Genealogy” on Wednesday, October 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the Sharon Forks Library.

“Fortunately for the genealogist,” says Roberts, “vast amounts of records were collected during the Civil War.  From service records to family letters, from pension applications to unique wartime census data, these are wonderful resources that give us today a new perspective on our ancestors during this difficult time in American history.”

Library patrons can go even further back in human history at “The Making of the Human Family in America: A Historical & DNA Perspective” on Thursday, October 8 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hampton Park Library. Presenter Joy Chappel will explain how our ancestors traveled great distances to create a blended continent of diversity, and how DNA studies are mapping these historical movements.

Genealogist Elizabeth Olson teaches that researching your family’s history online can be rewarding, if you’ve got the proper tools. Learn about genealogical research and free resources online and at the library in Olson’s presentation “Effective Tips for Genealogy Research Online” on Thursday, October 15 at 3:00 p.m. at the Post Road Library.

Doing genealogical research is a bit like doing a jigsaw puzzle. You just can’t see the whole picture until you have all the pieces. Presenter Kathy Dempsey will help explain how certain kinds of public records may help fill in the gaps in your research in her talk “How Land Records Can Help Your Genealogy Research” on Monday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cumming Library.

Each guest lecture in the Fall Genealogy Series is free, but advance registration is requested. For more information, or to register, please visit www.forsythpl.org or call 770-781-9840.