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March 15, 2012

1940 Census, genealogy workshops on the way


Daily Star

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Genealogist and family historians have a very important date coming up. On April 2, the 1940 census will become available to researchers. The National Archives will be offering free access to the digital images of the census on its website, 1940census.archives.gov. There will be no name index to the 1940 Census in the beginning, so you may want to prepare your research. Since censuses are arranged geographically, you can find your ancestors by figuring out where they lived at the time.

In each of the genealogy classes listed below, librarian Sarah Livingston will discuss what information can be found in the 1940 Census and give suggestions on how to narrow down where your ancestors lived in 1940.

March Workshops

Librarian Sarah Livingston will be offering a series of genealogy programs during March. The sessions are listed below and you can sign up for as many programs as you like. Registration is required for all programs and may be done in person or by calling 432-1980. Workshop fees are payable at the time of the workshop.

Immigration and Naturalization Records

Learn where to find immigration and naturalization records during this workshop which will be held at two different times. One from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, or from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 28. Online and print resources will be featured. There is a materials fee of $5.

Internet Resources for the Genealogist

Online site such as Mormon records, USGenWeb, Ellis Island, Castle Garden, email lists and Ancestry.com Library Edition will be covered in this program, which is being held on two different days. Both beginners and experienced users are welcome. Choose one of these two time slots for this introductory class: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 26, or 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 29. There is a $5 materials fee.

New Familysearch.org & Microfilm Lending Program

Learn about the resources available through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The lending program has recently changed its methods of ordering film, and you will want to learn about the revised process. You'll learn about the resources available through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. New and experienced users will want to attend one of these three times scheduled: 2 to 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 27; 11 to 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 28; or 3 to 3:45 p.m. Thursday, March 29. There is no fee for this workshop.

Genealogy Research Time

For those compiling their family genealogies, take advantage of Genealogy Research Time scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 30. Computers will be available for genealogists to use Ancestry.com and other genealogy websites in the New York State Room. Sarah Livingston will also be available to offer assistance. There is no charge for this workshop. Registration is preferred, but not required.

One-on-One Genealogy

Sign up for individual genealogy workshop sessions March 26 though 30 at the library. Using book and Internet resources, Sarah Livingston 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 Thursday, March 23.

New York State Room

Our local history room contains a wealth of information for the family history researcher. There are scrapbooks, yearbooks, family histories, photographs, census records and much more. We've helped many people locate long lost links in their genealogy searches over the years and we've even had people find relatives they didn't know were in their histories. There have even been in person reunions or first time meetings as a result of what individuals have found. If you are curious about your family history, start in our New York State Room, and see what you can learn about your family. Hours of the room are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday and other times by appointment.

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.