Genealogy Opportunities

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

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



Thurs, Sept 28

German Genealogy –
“Things I Wish I Knew When I Began”
Presenter:  Lynn Gifford
2nd floor Genealogy Section.


Thur, Oct 5
Researching Ancestors in Maritime Canada
Presenter:  K. M. Maclachlan
2nd floor Genealogy Section



Tues, Oct 31
Skeletons in My Closet!
Presenter:  S. Handel          1st floor Porter Meeting Hall

Thurs, Nov. 9
Roundtable – Sharing Your Ancestor Veterans
2nd floor genealogy section


This free series, designed for those eager to begin their family history research, will be held on four Thursday evenings from 5:00-6:30 pm at Skidompha Library.   Staff genealogist, Kathleen Maclachlan, will begin teaching this series of classes on October 26th and classes will run on consecutive Thursdays through November 16th.  Class will be limited to the first six people to sign up.  Questions and sign-ups should be directed to Kathleen.  Participants will be given instructions in the coming weeks on materials to bring to the first session.
Updated:  just 3 places left.

THIS FALL – ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY!  Free, hour-long Family Bible & Record book Scanning appointments

This summer, Skidompha Library’s staff genealogist and volunteers offered a service to benefit patrons, future researchers, and the library collection.  Due to the overwhelming popularity of this program, this fall, on Wednesday, November 8th, one more day will be added to accommodate those who were unable to schedule an appointment this summer.  See below for the link to make an appointment with Kathy.

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 can be found at 

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 Wednesday, November 8th, 9 am – 5 pm.