The last full week of Family History Month starts on Sunday, October 23, 2016, with Sara Allen recounting her experience “Finding James Beavers and Other Misplaced Modern-day People,” at 1:00 PM in the Discovery Center. Have you lost track of a friend or relative? Are you seeking your birth family? Tracing people in modern times with privacy laws and less record accessibility can be challenging. Through the account of the speaker’s search for deceased Vietnam veteran James Beavers’ family, you will learn tips and strategies for finding more recent ancestors and living persons.

On Monday October 24, 2016, at 2:30PM, Melissa Tennant will advise you on “Visiting The Genealogy Center from Home,” at 2:30PM, in the Discovery Center. Discover the treasure trove of more than three million searchable items accessible online from ACPL’s The Genealogy Center. Be there for a virtual tour of The Genealogy Center’s digital collections.

“Maps & Atlases for the Family Historian” is featured on Tuesday October 25, 2016, at 6:3PM, in the Discovery Center.  Maps and atlases provide an illustrative background for our ancestors, their paths and trails, and physical surroundings as well as land ownership and usage. Delia Bourne will explain the basics of what’s available and how to use these fascinating sources.

Melissa Tennant will discuss “Indiana Genealogy: The Crossroads to America,” on Wednesday October 26, 2016, at 6:30PM in the Discovery Center. This presentation is for those seeking Indiana ancestors or family members who may have migrated through the state on their way farther west. The methods and sources for discovering your Hoosier roots will be explained along with a demonstration of the resources available for anyone seeking Indiana family history.

Thursday October 27, 2016, features “Beginning Genealogical Research in Virginia,” presented by John Beatty at 6:30PM in the Discovery Center. Virginia, the Old Dominion, was the first successful American colony, and for many genealogists, it remains a pivotal state in their research. This talk offers a beginning overview of the sources for Virginia research and will provide some strategies for overcoming its many challenges, including the problem of burned courthouses.

It’s not the end of the week, or the end of Family History Month, so stay tuned!

For more information, see the brochure. Register for any (or all) of these events by calling 260-421-1225 or send an email to Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

Remember that for each program you attend in October, and each time you interact with us on Facebook, you will be entered into a drawing for door prizes!