Sharing Our Stories: Family History Storytelling at Northeast Library

by Tom M.

Gomez 1915Every family has interesting stories. In my own family, both my wife and my sister have started to think about how to present all that they have discovered about their own families.

The library can help everyone learn how to tell these family history stories, starting with an innovative workshop on the subject presented by genealogy librarian Mahina Oshie at the Northeast Library on Wednesday, October 22, from 6-7:45 p.m.

Come to learn about library, community and Internet resources for uncovering, recording, writing and publishing your own family history stories, as part of the library’s Sharing Our Stories storytelling program series. Continue reading “Sharing Our Stories: Family History Storytelling at Northeast Library”

Genealogy 101: How do I get started researching my family’s history?

You may have heard your friends or co-workers talking about genealogy, or tried to do some searching on the Internet under your family name. Now you would like to do more research to see what you can learn about your family’s history.

Seattle is a great place in which to begin working on your family history. There are several facilities in the greater Seattle area that will provide you with access to resources and assistance.

Courtesy Henry McLin Flickr CC

The Seattle Public Library owns the largest genealogy book collection in the Pacific Northwest, subscribes to major genealogy databases, and has two genealogy librarians on staff to assist you. The Genealogy Librarians offer basic genealogy classes and tours of the Genealogy Collection, which is located on Level 9 of the Central Library. Check the Library’s Web site for Calendar of Events for an upcoming class or tour: just search for “Genealogy.”

So, how do you get started? The first step is to Continue reading “Genealogy 101: How do I get started researching my family’s history?”

Genealogy Classes at The Seattle Public Library

If you’re getting started researching your genealogy or if you’re having trouble finding information using online databases such as Ancestry, you may be interested in our upcoming genealogy classes and tours. We currently offer two classes – a beginning class, a database class – and a tour.

Beginning Your Family History

genealogy-by-the-bookAre you interested in finding out who your ancestors were and what they did? An introduction to family history research and an overview of resources available for research in the Seattle area will be presented by Darlene Hamilton, Senior Genealogy Librarian. Sample genealogy charts and bibliographies will be provided in the class. Pre-registration is not required.

These classes are scheduled for:
• Thursday, April 30, 5-6:30 p.m. at the Central Library
• Wednesday, May 13, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Lake City Branch. Register after April 15

• Wednesday, June 10, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Northgate Branch.  Register after May 15

Genealogy Databases & Web sitesgenealogy-on-the-pc

Do you want to learn how to use the electronic databases and Internet resources found on the Seattle Public Library’s Web site to search for your ancestors? HeritageQuest and Ancestry Library Edition are the focus of this workshop presented by John LaMont, Genealogy Librarian.

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Genealogy Classes coming up at SPL

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN RESEARCHING YOUR FAMILY’S HISTORY?

The Genealogy Staff of The Seattle Public Library are presenting classes and tours this fall designed to assist you with getting started on your family history project. The following genealogy classes, plus tours of the Genealogy Section have been scheduled.

BEGINNING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH

Darlene H working with a genealogy patron, Photo courtesy of Jason Bowen

Are you interested in finding out who your ancestors were and what they did? An introduction to family history research and an overview of resources available for research in the Seattle area will be presented by Darlene Hamilton, Senior Genealogy Librarian. Sample genealogy charts and bibliographies will be provided in the class. Pre-registration is not required.

 These classes are scheduled for:
Thursday, September 3, 2008, 6-7:30 p.m. at the North East Branch
Thursday, October 15, 2008, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Branch
Thursday, November 5, 2008, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Montlake Branch

GENEALOGY: DATABASES AND THE INTERNETJohn L working with genealogy patron, photo courtesy of Jason Bowen
Do you want to learn how to use the electronic databases and Internet resources found on the Seattle Public Library’s Web site to search for your ancestors? HeritageQuest and Ancestry Library Edition are the focus of Continue reading “Genealogy Classes coming up at SPL”