The search for our ancestors has become a hot hobby. In the past three years, membership on Ancestory.com has risen by more than 54 percent. PBS has a new series called “Genealogy Roadshow.” They hope to show that all Americans have a place in history regardless of station or background. According to Sue Shellenbarger of the Wall Street Journal, nearly all researchers are surprised by what they find and about one in five finds something shocking or negative. Come to the Library to explore your past with our free tools such as Ancestory.com, Family Search and Fulton History. We are a Family History Center, which means we’re able to retrieve information from the extensive resources at the Mormon’s genealogical archive.
This fall, our New York State Room librarian Sarah Livingston will lead a series of classes on several genealogy databases. These are computer-based classes and the library will provide laptops for your use. Registration is required so please call 432-1980 or stop by the library to sign up.
Family Search classes will be offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 26, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 30 (Class is full), and 1:30 to 3 p.m. Oct. 2.
Ancestry.com Library Edition classes will be offered 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 27, 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 1, and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 (one seat remaining).
Fultonhistory.com classes will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 1, and 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 2.
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.
Tina Winstead 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.