Genealogy has been around since people actually used the word ‘begat’ in normal conversation and had names that, well, would be considered “colorful” by today’s standards. But the truth is, people want to know where they come from, who their ‘people’ are, and most importantly, if anyone was famous enough to be in the history books. Well, good news and bad. First the bad news – most of us are not related to Napoleon or Sitting Bull or Cleopatra. But now the good news – every single one of us has a treasure trove of family history that will make you proud, scandalized, and amused. Somewhere back among all those great, greater, greatest grandparents, you have a felon or inventor or circus freak or draft dodger.
But how do you discover who they are? Or more importantly, since you’re a librarian and this is a work-related workshop, how do you help your patrons learn about their family? As always, the RLA-CE has got your back. Join us on Thursday, February 24th at 9:30 at the Wilmette Public Library for our panel discussion on Genealogy. We’re excited to have Rose Faber of the Barrington Public Library talk about how to help patrons overcome their initial fear and confusion and start learning about their family. Deena Butta from the Glenview Public Library and chair of the Genealogy CoP will talk about online and local resources you might not have known about. And we’ll have a representative from the Family History Center in Wilmette come and talk about all the wonderful services they offer.
When: Thursday, February 24, 2011 from 9:30am-12:00pm
Where: Wilmette Public Library (map and directions)
Cost: Free – sponsored by HW Wilson
Registration: Online registration
Any questions? Please contact us!