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Discover your roots: Library offers genealogy workshops

 

Local History Assistant Bettye Brown of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library demonstrates Wednesday how some of the library’s resources can be used to research family history.

Local History Assistant Bettye Brown of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library demonstrates Wednesday how some of the library’s resources can be used to research family history. Photo by: Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff

 

Special to The Dispatch

 

In honor of Family History Month this October, the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library invites the public to "Discover Your Roots." 

 

A series of four presentations will explore various aspects of genealogical research such as interpreting historical records and African American genealogy.  

 

Archivist Mona K. Vance said, "This is a great opportunity for beginning and professional genealogists alike to discover fresh and innovative ways to understanding one's family connections and pastime." 

 

The scheduled sessions include: 

 

  • Oct. 1 - Genealogy for Beginning Researchers, by Beth Koostran;  

     

  • Oct. 10 - People, Not Property: Tracing Your African American Roots, by Anne Webster; 

     

  • Oct. 16 - Publishing Your Family History, by Robert Davis; 

     

  • Oct. 23 - Genealogy Resources in the Library, by Mona K. Vance. 

     

    Each program will begin at 2 p.m. and will be held in the meeting room on the second floor of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Chebie G. Bateman Building at 314 Seventh St. N. They are free and open to the public. 

     

    Genealogy is the study and tracing of family pedigrees. It is also referred to as a "family tree."  

     

    For additional assistance in genealogical research you may also visit the Local History Department at the library where various resources are available such as cemetery records, marriage indexes, and the online databases Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest. 

     

    "Discover Your Roots" is sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council, Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, and the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library. 

     

    For more information, contact Vance at 662-329-5304.

     

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