Highland News Leader

Highland library to host free genealogy tutorial

The Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library and the Looking Glass Prairie Genealogy Group are presenting an introduction to researching your ancestors.

“Jumping Into Genealogy!” will encompass how to get started in genealogy and how to organize what you find. Additional information includes lists of both free and not-so-free websites, accessing census lists, what photographs can tell you, various useful genealogy forms, a tour of the library’s genealogical collection, question-and-answer time, and lots more. This information can be used to access ancestors all over the country, not just the local area.

Featured speakers will include:

▪ Mary Westerhold, archival research manger at the Madison County Archival Library. She will teach you how to find your ancestors in various recordings, including census records, newspapers and family records. Discussion will include researching information online, at libraries and at other repositories.

▪ Kathy Kessels, genealogy group coordinator. She will speak on how to use OCLC WorldShare in your local and out-of-state family history research.

▪ Mary Rottmann, experienced genealogist and Looking Glass Prairie Genealogy Group member. She will talk about organizing your records, so they are more easily accessible. Various methods of organization will be discussed, including hard copy document storage and retrieval, methods of indexing, and computer records.

Experienced genealogy group members will be available between speakers to answer questions.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 at the Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library, 1001 9th St. in Highland. There is no charge. Pre-registration is advised by March 11, as seating is limited. Pick up a registration form at the library, or call Kathy Kessels at 654-5066, ext. 5, or email her at kathykessels@gmail.com.