October is Family History Month and this past weekend I had two days of events to help me in my genealogical journey.
Friday night my library hosted a Late Night at the Library where you could research at the Special Collections area from 6:30-10:30pm. They gave a tour of the department for those who hadn’t been there before. I am very fortunate to have a library that has books from most of the 50 states (if not all), microfilm from various newspapers, maps, and free access to a number of subscription genealogical sites. Representatives from different organizations were also on hand to assist, one being National Society United States Daughters of 1812.
Saturday had me spending most of the day at my local Family History Center where they had a day filled with classes to learn more about researching genealogy. Here are the classes that I took:
- Interpreting DNA Results
- Scottish Research
- Latest Computer Tech for Genealogists
- Family Search App
- Internet Sites for Genealogists
Other classes that were offered included Prussian Research, Czech/Slovak Research, Until Death Do Us Part, Are You a Good Ancestor?, and FamilySearch questions.
Family History Centers are locations that allow you to access all records on FamilySearch and like the library, they also provide free access to many subscription sites to help you in your research. They are located all across the United States.
You should take a moment and check to see if your local library or Family History Center has any genealogy programs going on before October is over. Both of my local events were free., there is a chance could be too!