[Howdy readers! October is Family History Month and several local libraries are celebrating with great genealogy programs. Below is a press release from Fort Bend County Libraries. --A]
LEARN HOW TO RESEARCH YOUR FAMILY HISTORY
AT GEORGE MEMORIAL LIBRARY
Have you ever wondered where your ancestors came from? Are you curious about their military service or medical history? Begin your family-history research at Fort Bend County Libraries' Local History and Genealogy Department at George Memorial Library,
1001 Golfview in Richmond. Library staff will present two programs in October to help the beginning family-history researcher start their genealogy search.
In "Build Your Family Tree Online," learn how to create a family-tree website using the free resources on TribalPages.com. The class will take place on Tuesday, October 23, beginning at 10:00 am, in the Computer Lab. Those attending the class will need an email address to set up an account on this resource, on which users can add names and upload photographs, create an interactive chart, capture family stories, and invite other family members to contribute information.
Beginning family-history researchers will learn the basics of starting their research at an introductory program, "Genealogy 101," on Tuesday, October 30, beginning at 10:00 am, in the Computer Lab. Library staff will provide a basic introduction to many of the resources that are available to the beginning genealogical researcher. Items that will be introduced include print resources, materials that are available on microfilm, and online tools such as the Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest USA databases.
The programs are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library's website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on "Calendar," select "George Memorial," and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library's Local History and Genealogy Department at 281-341-2608, or by visiting the department at the library.