Genealogy

Librarian Sarah Livingston will be offering a series of genealogy programs for the spring season. The sessions are listed below and you can sign up for individual programs or the whole series. Programs are as follows:

Genealogy for Beginners

"Beginning Genealogy: The Basics, Books & Forms," Tuesday, March 25, 2 to 3 p.m.

"Beginning Genealogy: Census Records," Tuesday, April 15, 2 to 3 p.m.

"Beginning Genealogy: Internet & Ancestry.com," Tuesday, May 6, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

At the workshops, you'll learn about where to begin your research; resources available at the local, state and federal levels; charts and forms genealogists use; different types of records; New York State Room resources; and basic websites you should know.

Registration is required for these workshops. There is a $5 materials fee for each, payable at the time of the workshop. To register, sign up in person or by calling the library at 432-1980.

Advanced Genealogy

"Tracing Your English Roots," Tuesday, March 25, 6 to 8 p.m., or Wednesday, March 26, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. At this workshop, you'll learn how to trace your overseas ancestors. Discover which Internet resources can help you. Find out where and how to write for records.

"Immigration and Naturalization Records," Tuesday, April 15, 6 to 7:30 p.m., or Wednesday, April 16, 1:30 to 3 p.m. During this workshop you'll learn where to find immigration and naturalization records and websites that can help you in your search.

"Tracing Your Italian Roots," Tuesday, May 6, 6 to 8 p.m., or Wednesday, May 7, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. This workshop will familiarize you with resources available in the United States and Italy. You will learn Internet resources as well as traditional resources to help you in your search. Attendees will receive handouts and guides.

Registration is required for these workshops. There is a $10 materials fee for each, payable at the time of the workshop. To register, sign up in person or by calling the library at 432-1980.

One-on-One Genealogy

Sign up for individual genealogy workshop sessions with Sarah Livingston from March 24 to 28 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 is due Friday, March 21, and may be done in person or by calling 432-1980.

We'll be using the traveling classroom for these workshops, provided by the Four County Library System.

Did you know that the New York State Room has a collection of more than 5,000 photographs? There are many photos of Oneonta and the surrounding area covering more than 100 years. People, places, buildings, trains, businesses and schools are just some of the many topics covered in these photos. The collection is labeled and indexed making it helpful to researchers.

Hours for the New York State 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: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m-5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 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.

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