Monday, October 1, 2007

Genealogy research help available

Fauquier County Public Library is presenting two programs this month, both at the Bealeton Library, to help people researching their ancestry.

Genealogy 101: A seminar for beginners will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, and African American genealogy will be presented by Karen Hughes White of the Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.

The library has a number of online resources to assist in a genealogy quest. And the library's Virginiana Room has an extensive collection of materials focusing on state and local history and genealogical research. Staff is available whenever the library is open to introduce first-time users to the collection and to give limited assistance to researchers.

The library has many other resources for people doing genealogical research, including such titles as Beyond Pedigrees: Organizing and Enhancing Your Work by Beverly DeLong Whitaker, American Origins by L. G. Pine, Slave Ancestral Research: It's Something Else by Mary L. Jackson Fears, Finding Your Roots: How to Trace Your Ancestors at Home and Abroad by Jeane Eddy Westin, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Genealogy by Christine Rose and Kay Germain Ingalls, which is available in print and is downloadable.

For young researchers, The Family Tree Detective: Cracking the Case of Your Family's Story by Ann Douglas and illustrated by Stephen MacEachern, is a wonderful introduction to genealogy.

If you are still at a loss at how to start your search, call or e-mail the library.