Sunday, December 22, 2013

Family Tree for Kids class

Holidays are a great time for family recipes. Using your grandma's recipe, written in her handwriting, is a way to remember holidays shared with her.  In addition to using family recipes, gathered families tell stories and take and share photos. A regret of many people is that they didn't get some of those family stories from their grandparents and other relatives when they had the chance. Now, when they are interested in family history, they have lost a valuable resource.

That is why the library is offering the My Family Tree for Kids classes in December. Besides having a chance to visit with relatives, students are out of school, and starting a family tree is a great activity. Organizations such as 4-H and Scouts have projects or badges that involve genealogy, so students can get a head start!  It is thanks to the Friends of the Library that we can offer these classes for free.

Our classes will be offered on Saturday, December 28. The morning class, from 9:30-11, is open to grades 3-6, and the afternoon class, from 2-3:30, is open to grades 7-12. The registration deadline says December 22, but if you know someone in 3rd-12th grades who is interested in learning genealogy, they can still sign up! Give us a call at 522-3412 x 1243 or register online at

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

New ST ViewScan machines

If you haven't visited the local history section recently, you should stop by and see the two new ST ViewScan machines.

They are easy to use, with a single switch to turn on the ViewScan.  The monitor is vertical, so you can view an entire newspaper page at once.  You can view, crop and edit from the same screen, without having to toggle back and forth between programs, and several crops can be saved to the same page.  Then, cropped articles can be printed, emailed or saved to a flash drive.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Genealogy in Family History Month

Two GenTalks, two repeat sessions of online genealogy searching and a session on research at courthouses and other government facilities are planned at the Seymour Library for October -- Family History Month.

The GenTalks are where we discuss our genealogical successes -- how we solved a problem -- as well as the places where our ancestors have stonewalled us. Sometimes a suggestion or two from others at the session for finding the elusive ones can work wonders to get us thinking of new ways to succeed.

GenTalks will begin at 6 pm Wednesdays, October 13 and 20, in the Seymour Library meeting room. Registration isn't required but is appreciated by calling 522-3412 ext 243 for either or both sessions. Questions can be addressed to me, the local history specialist, at 522-3412 ext 240.

The Family History Mystery series will continue with Gathering Clues Online: More Census, Lots of Records, and All Those Books. These sessions in the computer classroom at Seymour will meet at 10 am Thursday, October 14, or 6 pm Tuesday, October 19. The October 19 session will be more or less a repeat of the first and you are welcome to sign up for one or both. The class is repeated to give participants a choice of hours.

More and more genealogy can be done online every day, as long as you pay attention to the sources. Those in my classes hear me say again and again the theme from the X-Files: Trust No One! That applies especially to data entered without sources but you need to check the sources as well. You may have a different interpretation of what's there.

What makes online genealogy so much fun is that you can do in a weekend what once may have taken years. You just have to think of the various ways to search! And you probably will have more than a couple of windows open at a time. That's what we will be talking about -- more than about specific databases. Sign-up can be done by calling 522-3412 ext 243.

The final class for the month is Courthouse and Government Navigation Basics at 10 am Thursday, October 21. Government records are my favorite because I often have found so much more than I expected. Government records can help put flesh on the ancestral bones, giving a more complete picture of how the families lived.

What are you going to do to observe Family History Month? Hope you can join us ... !

-- Charlotte