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April 18, 2013

Genealogy and eBook classes to be offered

The Daily Star

---- — Librarian Sarah Livingston will conduct classes during May for genealogy and ebooks. 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. Workshops are free unless noted. Computers will be available, courtesy of the Four County Library System traveling classroom.


May 1, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Internet Genealogy: Learn about various Internet resources,, USGenWeb, Castle Garden, Find a Grave, email lists and other sites.

May 3, 10 a.m., Internet Genealogy NY State: Learn about various Internet resources with the focus being on conducting NY research., USGenWeb, Castle Garden, Find a Grave, Fultonhistory, and other NY relevant sites.

May 8, 2 to 3 p.m., United Kingdom Genealogy: If your relatives hail from England, Ireland or Scotland, learn how and where to write for records. You’ll learn about Internet resources and how to access archives. There is a $5 fee for materials, payable at the time of the workshop.

May 10, 10 to 10:45 a.m., DNA Genealogy: Should you try a DNA testing program? Learn about Genealogy DNA programs, prices, the kind of results you get and what to do with your results.

May 1 through May 10, One-On-Ones: Sign up for individual genealogy workshop sessions with Librarian Sarah Livingston. Using book and Internet resources, Sarah will work with you one-on-one to help with your genealogical research. Call or stop at the desk before April 29 to sign up.


Learn how to download library books from our free Download Zone using your ebook reader or audio device during these classes. If you have any questions about which class is right for you, just ask.

Kindles: 5 p.m. May 2; 1:30 p.m. May 7; 10 a.m. May 8; 1:30 p.m. May 9. Your device needs to be registered with Amazon, and you’ll check out a library book. Computer optional.

Non Kindle Device: 1:30 p.m. May 1; 6:30 p.m. May 2; 10:30 a.m. May 7; 11 a.m. May 9. This will include Nooks, Sony eReaders, mobile devices, and reading within an Internet browser. If you are using a Nook or other eReader device that does not support apps, you will need to bring your own laptop to fully participate. You may still come to learn if you are unable to bring your own laptop. Most mobile devices are compatible with the app. If you would like to read books using your Internet browser, you should sign up for this class. Any browser capable device will work – smartphone, computer, tablet.

Audiobooks: 2:30 p.m. May 3. This class includes mp3 players, computers, iPods, etc. Software is needed to listen to audiobooks on most players and computers. Unless you have an App compatible device, you will need to bring your own laptop to fully participate. You may still come to learn if you are unable to bring your own laptop.

The options to read eBooks keep coming. So, if you have any questions about what class you should take, just call and ask. There is an option for everyone to use devices for e-reading.

Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 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