Workshop focuses on genealogy resources

Posted: Monday, April 27, 2009, 8:21 am

Let the Library help you peer into the branches of your family tree during an upcoming genealogy workshop.

Novice and expert genealogists alike will learn something new during Discover Your Roots, which is scheduled at 2 pm on Thursday, May 21 at Northwest Library.

Genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies in the United States, and genealogical sites are the second most popular Internet destination. Worthington Libraries has many resources, both in print and online, to aid you either in the search for your ancestors or in your efforts to produce a complete, high quality history.

Two good books for those just getting started are The Complete Beginner's Guide to Genealogy, the Internet, and Your Genealogy Computer Program by Karen Clifford (929.1028 CLI) and The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy by Val D. Greenwood (929.1 GRE).

Although the Internet has made genealogical searching very convenient, it's advisable to use caution. Information is only as good as its source, which is not always easy to determine, especially in genealogy, where there are no authoritative central agencies.

Much of the information a genealogist needs is not on the Internet, but valuable resources can be found there. The Library subscribes to some of the most popular online genealogical databases, including Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest Online and America's Obituaries & Death Notices, as well as several newspaper databases.

In addition to the library's outstanding genealogical resources, Discover Your Roots will also include an overview of other collections, like the National Archives and the Ohio Historical Society.

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