Castro Valley Library


Genealogy Workshop Saturday October 27 by library1.5
Wednesday, October 24, 2007, 10:46 am
Filed under: Libraries, Programs

Saturday morning (October 27, 10:30 a.m.) we’ll hold a 2 hour free workshop in getting started in genealogy. Teacher, Sue Scott will pass on tips for searching using specialized resources and databases. Tracing the family tree has become accessible to just about anybody who can get a little time on the Internet. But it takes some time figuring out where to start.  The premiere website for genealogical research, www.ancestry.com is free to Alameda County Library users at all Library locations (terms of the agreement state it is only accessible from library computers). This amazing site will help you dig through census records, newspaper clippings, military records, historical phone books and other documents to begin to build a real family tree. The Library also subscribes to www.hertiagequestonline.com  which you may access from home with your library card. The census entries on the latter are less complete, but it’s easy to use and a good place for beginners to start. It also has digitized books and articles that can be searched by family name. There are also a few good places you may search for free including www.familysearch.com and www.rootsweb.com., but they will tease you with a few tidbits of information and inevitably lead you back to Ancestry! Serious hobbyists pay an average of $155.00 per year to get into Ancestry.com. Remember, it’s free to use at the Library. Come to the workshop, or come see us anytime and we’ll help you get started on this popular (and slightly addictive) pastime..

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