Genealogy Workshops

During November, librarian Sarah Livingston will be offering many different genealogy workshops. Details on the workshops are listed below and registration is required for each one. Register in person or by calling us at 432-1980. Participants will be using computers provided by the traveling classroom of the Four County Library System during our workshops.

One-on-One Genealogy

Sign up for individual genealogy workshop sessions Nov. 8 to 12 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 Nov. 5.

Military Records

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 from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9. There is a $5 materials fee, payable at the time of the workshop.

Beginning Genealogy: Internet & Ancestry.com

This workshop will be an introduction to available resources such as Mormon records, USGenWeb, Ellis Island, Castle Garden, e-mail lists and Ancestry.com Library Edition. This workshop will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9. Registration is required and there is a $5 materials fee.

Genealogy Research

For those who are compiling their family genealogies, take advantage of our Genealogy Research Time scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m Wednesday, Nov. 10. Computers will be available for genealogists to use Ancestry.com and other genealogy websites in the New York State Room. This workshop is free. Registration is preferred, but drop-ins are welcome.

New Books

The New York Room at the library has several new titles you can look at while using the room. They include:

"Images of America: Sidney" by Erin Andrews and the Sidney Historical Association. This book is a collection of images showing Sidney from the 1800s through the flood of 2006. Each photo is captioned. We also have a copy in the regular collection that may be borrowed.

Last month we received "Outline of the History of the United Methodist Church of Worcester, New York." The church is celebrating 175 years of service to the community and this volume contains a timeline of major events, known pastors, photos and articles covering different time periods in the church's history.

"Middlefield and the Settling of the New York Frontier" by Dominick J. Reisen includes the history of the community, the lives of key citizens and the growth of different businesses and social groups. In addition, the author also uses the community to illustrate how the central New York region developed in the late 18 th and early 19th centuries. When the railroads and the Erie Canal came through, it caused both growth and stagnation which he covers in detail. There is also a copy in the circulating collection available for loan.

'Oneonta 360' Display

The library has two copies of "Oneonta 360" by Stephen Joseph. During November and December, one copy will be featured in our front display case. We will turn a page a day and you'll be able to enjoy the comments and photos of many area residents and businesses.

The second copy will be available to peruse as you are using the New York Room. It's a wonderful piece of art with stunning color photos. I was photographed in 2005 for one of these pictures and it was quite an experience. We hope you'll stop in to see the book.

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.

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