Blast from the pastPublished 1:04pm Saturday, June 29, 2013
Library to offer free genealogy workshop
While the Adelia M. Russell Library is helping children Dig into Reading, it will also help area adults dig into their past.
The Adelia M. Russell Library will host a free genealogy workshop July 18 at 2 p.m. as part of its Groundbreaking Reads summer adult reading program.
Amy Huff, director of the Adelia M. Russell Library, said the genealogy program will help adults figure out where to start when they want to look into their past.
“We decided to do a genealogy workshop so that these adults could kind of dig up their past,” Huff said. “We do have a lot of people that are very interested in genealogy, but they don’t really understand how to start, where to start and how to maneuver all of the programs that are out there where they can gather this information – from usgenweb.org to Ancestory.com.”
Huff said that preregistration is required, and the cutoff date for preregistration is July 5.
“Everyone is welcome, but they do need to come and preregister,” Huff said. “And the preregistration just gives the person who is going to conduct it an idea of what level people are on and exactly what they are needing help with.”
Huff said the program will help adults when using online genealogy programs and when using the hard copy books in the library’s genealogy section.
“We will go over things regarding how to get started, whether they are using the internet or whether they are using books, which we do have a genealogy section here,” Huff said. “Some people are familiar with computers and some people are not, so we will kind of go over what to do if you are going through a website or using books.”
Huff added it’s the library’s job to help provide assets that serve the community.
“I think it’s a great asset. I think anything we can offer our citizens and our patrons is an asset to the community and to everyone,” Huff said. “That’s what libraries are about. We are here to serve the community and try and help meet their needs in situations like this.”
For more information, contact the library at 256-329-6796.