Genealogy Opportunities

Genealogy Club Presentations – open to the public – all are welcome!

Thurs, Aug 10            12:30-1:30    Resources in NARA [Nat’l Archives & Record Administration]   Presenter:  K. M. Maclachlan          1st floor Porter Meeting Hall

FRIDAY, Aug 25         10:00-11:30   German Genealogy                                                         Presenter:  Katherine Schobel          Suggested donation $5.          1st floor Porter Meeting Hall

Thurs, Sept 7              12:30-1:30     Archives – How to Find Hidden Treasure                                     Presenter:  K. M. Maclachlan            1st floor Porter Meeting Hall

Thurs, Sept 21            12:30-1:30      Researching your English Ancestors                           Presenter:  B.J. Jamieson                  Suggested donation $5          1st floor Porter Meeting Hall

Thurs, Sept 28            12:30-1:30      German Genealogy – “Things I Wish I Knew When I Began”  Presenter:  Lynn Gifford                      2nd floor Genealogy Section.

Thurs, Oct 5                12:30-1:30      Researching Ancestors in Maritime Canada                               Presenter:  K. M. Maclachlan              2nd floor Genealogy Section

Free, hour-long Family Bible & Record book Scanning appointments

This summer, Skidompha Library’s staff genealogist and volunteers are offering a service that will benefit patrons, future researchers, and the library collection.  Generations ago, many families kept a record of important family dates by inscribing them within large and small Bibles; eventually, printers of Bibles began to include special pages between the major sections of the Bible.  These special pages might be found between the Old Testament and the New Testament or between the Apocrypha and both the Old and New Testaments.  Sadly, some of these family treasures are ending up in the dump or transfer station, some thrown away without the current generation even being aware of what information was within these pages.  Some existing pages will become increasingly fragile over time and with handling, eventually crumbling or becoming illegible.  To help families keep this valuable information safe, the library has set up four days on which, by appointment, anyone may bring in a Family Bible or other book which contains family vital records such as marriages, births, and deaths for copying and scanning.  Patrons will go home with their original artifact and a paper copy of each page and a resource sheet with suggestions for storage of their book or Bible.  It is also highly recommended that patrons bring a flashdrive so that they can take home a digital copy as a backup to these unique family records.  The library will also store a copy and enter the data into the Skidompha Online Digital Archives, which is found  Samples of scans can be seen on the Skidompha Library Genealogy Facebook page.   Please contact Kathy to make an appointment.  She is now scheduling for Wednesdays, August 16 and August 23 between 9 am and 5 pm.