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September 29, 2011

Genealogy workshops on tap for October


Daily Star

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During October, librarian Sarah Livingston will offer a series of genealogy workshops.

Registration is required for each workshop and may be done in person or by calling us at 432-1980. Fees, if any, are payable at the time of the workshop.

Participants will use computers provided by the traveling classroom of the Four County Library System.

Ancestry.com

At this workshop learn about the resources available on Ancestry.com Library Edition. Databases of Ancestry along with searching tips and how-to's will be covered. This workshop is for individuals who have never used the site before and those who need help navigating the site. Chose one of two scheduled: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11; or 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13.

New York City Genealogy

This introductory workshop on New York City resources introduces you to repositories, museums, libraries and archives records available. Sarah will also talk about the history of the city you need to know, the websites that can help you search for your ancestors and more. The date of this workshop is 6 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12.

United Kingdom Genealogy

Learn how to trace your British ancestors. Sarah will show you Internet resources and how to access archives. You'll also learn how and where to write for records. The workshop is scheduled for 10 to 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13. There is a $10 fee for materials.

One-on-One Genealogy

Sign up for individual genealogy workshop sessions Oct. 11 t 14 at the library. Using book and Internet resources, Sarah will work with you individually to help you with your genealogical research. There is no charge for individual sessions, but registration is required. Registration deadline is Oct. 7 and may be done in person or by calling 432-1980.

Archives Display

October is Archives Month, and the library will feature a photographic display of old houses in Oneonta. Starting next week, you'll want to stop and take a look at some of these classic homes with their different architectural styles. Oneonta has had some glorious homes through the ages and luckily there are photographs that preserve their original appearances.

Fall Reading

Chester Nez was one of the original 29 Navajo code talkers who served with the Marines during World War II. Their work was so confidential, not even fellow officers or commanders knew about them.

Using the Navajo language, they developed a code that was used to send commands during the war. The code was never broken and their work was not declassified until 1968. "Code Talker" is the true story of Chester's life, before, during and after the war. The book also contains the Navajo Code. Gripping, sad and heartwarming, all at the same time.

Shel Silverstein has been a beloved poet everyone enjoys for decades. After his death in 1999, he was sorely missed. His family has spent the last few years going through his unpublished materials and has now published another book of his poems and drawings. "Every Thing on It" will have you laughing, smiling and reading these stanzas aloud. Great family fun. And as far as the title goes, when Shel ordered a hot dog with everything on it, he got every thing on it from a parrot to a fiddle, a swing to a mask, and everything in between.

Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.

Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at www.thedailystar.com/librarycorner.