Thursday, March 6, 2014

Genealogy 101: A Seminar for Beginners


The Bealeton library is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year at its current location on Willow Drive. As we look back over the past ten years, we would like to look even further back by helping our patrons look into their past by learning how to research their family history!

Genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies in the world. The Internet has made access to databases and records easier than ever. On the flip side, the availability of so much information can be daunting. 

To assist you on your genealogy journey,the Fauquier County Public Library is offering a free program: Genealogy 101: A Seminar for Beginners.  
When:     Wed., March 12th, 3 p.m. 
Where:    Bealeton Depot
No registration required. 
For additional information, call (540) 422-8500 ext. 6872.

Here are some helpful tools for starting your genealogy research:

Genealogy for the First Time by Laura Best
Genealogy Online by Elizabeth Powell Crowe
Genealogy Online for Dummies by April Leigh Helm
The Online Genealogy Handbook by Brad and Debra Schepp

Are you curious about where and how your great-grandparents lived? Try some of these resources:

Forensic Genealogy by Colleen Fitzpatrick
Finding Answers in U. S. Census Records by Loretto Dennis Szucs

Perhaps you are interested in your genetics and medical history.

Read Megan Smolenyak’s Trace Your Roots with DNA: Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree.

Do you want to trace your ethnic roots? 

We have helpful resources for several ethnicities, including Italian, Irish, Scottish, British, German, European, African-American, and Native American. Please refer to the International Vital Records Handbook by Thomas Jay Kemp for more information about overseas ethnic genealogy research.

How about some more in-depth research and information about using specialized tools?

Your Guide to Cemetery Research by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack

Other history and genealogy resources can be found at the Fauquier County Public Library. Patrons can also access an extensive collection of materials focusing on state and local history and genealogy research in the Virginiana Room, located at the Warrenton library.  

We hope to see you on March 12th!

Mary Sue Marsh @ Bealeton

Join the Fauquier County Public Library in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Bealeton Library at its current location on Willow Drive. Special programs and events held monthly; check out our calendar of events for details. 


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