During November, librarian Sarah Livingston will offer many different genealogy programs. Registration is required for all programs and is open starting today.
You may register in person or by calling the library at 432-1980. If there is a fee for the workshop, it is payable at the session.
Internet Resources for the Genealogist
This workshop will cover Mormon records, USGenWeb, Ellis Island, Castle Garden, email lists and Ancestry.com Library Edition. So many things are available to genealogists online these days, and this is a great opportunity to learn about them, or refresh your knowledge. There is a $5 materials fee.
Each participant will have a computer to use, compliments of the Four County Traveling Classroom. The program will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8.
During this workshop, you will learn how to locate and request records for your military ancestors. Online resources will also be included. It is scheduled for 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, and the session is free.
Genealogy Research Time
For those who are compiling their family genealogies, take advantage of our Genealogy Research Time scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10. 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.
Sign up for individual genealogy workshop sessions Nov. 7 to10 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 and the deadline for this is Nov. 4.
Local History Materials
Researchers, genealogists, students and others visit our New York State Room to look through the wealth of materials we have. Resources include books, scrapbooks, family histories, yearbooks, more than 5,000 photographs, maps, newspapers on microfilm and more. We are an authorized Family Search Center and can obtain genealogy microfilm for you to use here at the library. Sarah Livingston can help you with any of your questions as you do research.
Ed Moore wrote a series of columns for the newspaper titled "In Old Oneonta" and we have all of those indexed and bound into books. You learn what life was like years ago as well as what used to be in different buildings. It's interesting to trace the changes we've seen through the years.
"The Munson Record" is a five-volume set detailing the descendants of Capt. Thomas Munson of Hartford and New Haven. In addition to the descendants, the volumes contain maps, charts, autographs, records, portraits and more.
If you want to know more about Otsego County's beginnings, take a look at "History of Otsego County, New York," which covers the period of 1740 to 1878. There are biographies, sketches and detailed statistics of the different towns. Officers, churches, farmers, military men _ it's like reading a who was who, and you'd be surprised at how many names are still recognizable today.
"Aboriginal Place Names of New York" gives the history of the original names throughout the state. For Oneonta, it gives the definition as "stony place" with the original spelling as "Onoyarenton." Anyone interested in name derivations will find this book fascinating.
Hours for the New York Room are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Other times are available 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.