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Your African-American Roots

Tuesday, 3/13 @ 7pm

Local genealogist Gene Armstead, Jr., will review the nature of Genealogy research, specifically for individuals of African-American descent. He will address key elements of Genealogy study and propose ways to begin an investigation into your family’s roots.

Additionally, there will be tips for navigating road blocks and finding frustrating puzzle pieces. A question and answer period that can move from general to specific will conclude the presentation.

Registration is required. Please register HERE.


In the meantime . . .

Here is a new arrival at the library that might help you in the search for your family’s history.

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It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree by A.J. Jacobs

“New York Times bestselling author of The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically, A.J. Jacobs undergoes a hilarious, heartfelt quest to understand what constitutes family—where it begins and how far it goes—and attempts to untangle the true meaning of the “Family of Humankind.” —Taken from

“In his latest adventure book, author and experimentalist A.J. Jacobs enthusiastically shares in the human quest for self-knowledge that drives so many of us around the world to search for – and find – our roots. The astonishing discoveries he makes not only reveal the compelling possibilities of genealogical and genetic research; they remind us of the common bonds that unite us as a single global family. As Jacobs’s (however distant) cousin, I admit I may be biased in singing his praises, but as It’s All Relative proves, who isn’t?”—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

We also have ancestry E-resources on Hoopla, which you can access with a valid library card. Here is one example.

Organize Your Genealogy

Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher by Drew Smith

“Organize Your Genealogy will show you how to use tried-and-true methods and the latest tech tools and genealogy software to organize your research plan, workspace, and family-history finds. In this book, you’ll learn how to organize your time and resources, including how to set goals and objectives, determine workable research questions, sort paper and digital documents, keep track of physical and online correspondence, prepare for a research trip, and follow a skill-building plan.” Taken from Hoopla.

We look forward to seeing you on the 13th!

-George, FTPL

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