Beginning to gather family stories and history may be as simple as acting on a first step. Join us in March to learn about several easy actions you can take!


Sunday March 3, 2019, 2:30 p.m., Discovery Center

Sharing: Non-Traditional Family History Books

Betsy Thal Gephart

Publishing a family history needn’t be a heavy lift.  There are easier ways to share your research than a huge, formal genealogy.  The most important thing is to share your stories!  Using the thirteen books she’s written for her daughters as examples, Betsy hopes to inspire you to get started on a project that’s just the right size.


Monday March 4, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center

Writing: Simple Steps to Begin Writing Your Family Stories

Curt Witcher

For many, writing is just another chore. Where does one start? How long does the piece have to be? The blank screen, the empty piece of paper—both can be very intimidating. Explore some techniques for making writing easier, and maybe even enjoyable with this evening of simple steps.


Tuesday March 5, 2019, 6:30 P.M., Discovery Center

Publishing: Various Options for the Family Historian

John Beatty

This class will examine the different publishing options for the genealogist. We will look at going out on your own with a printer, such as the HF Group of North Manchester. We evaluate online publishers such as Lulu and Createspace and publishing options. We will also examine some of the vanity presses available for publishing a genealogy. The author will come away with several options for getting their family history in print.

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Wednesday March 6, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Discovery Center

Preserving: Sharing New Ideas from RootsTech

Allison DePey Singleton & Melissa Tennant

Melissa & Allison are just back from RootsTech 2019! Come learn about all of the fabulous products they viewed there!


Thursday March 7, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Meeting Room A

Talking: Triggering Memories to Begin Conversations about Family History

Allison DePrey Singleton

Some of the best ways to remember something is through your senses.  In fact, the sense of smell is closely linked with memory. How do you utilize with for family history? Can you trigger memories with the other senses? Let’s explore this in an interactive presentation on triggering memories to begin conversations.  


Friday March 8, 2019, 2:30 p.m., Discovery Center

Organizing: Adventures with Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and Adobe Acrobat

Kay Spears & Emily Rapoza

Finally, after years and years of hard work you are ready to put everything together. Now what? Join Kay Spears and Emily Rapoza as they explore some tips, tricks, and hints when using Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and Adobe Acrobat when compiling your family history book.


Saturday, March 9, 2019, 2:30 p.m., Discovery Center

Interviewing: Life Stories Hands On

Cynthia Theusch

Have you been curious about what goes on in the Life Stories Center? Wondering if, and how, you can use it? Come for a live demonstration of the equipment and witness one or more interviews, interlaced with questions and techniques for getting your subject to open up!

 To register for this free event, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info. Part of March Madness 2019!