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 http://skidompha.advantage-preservation.com/ 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.