Who were your ancestors? Do you know?
Thanks to our Older Adult Services program last week, “Searching for your Ancestors,” I have good start for a personal research project. Our presenter, Alvis Ward, introduced us to the Oakland California Family Search Library in Oakland. He’s one of the researchers there, specializing in African-American genealogy.
The Family Search Library, 4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, is one of several centers maintained by the Latter Day Saints, and is open to all.
In addition to an organized approach, Alvis Ward introduced us to some of the useful online resources available online. Ancestry heads the list and is only available free of charge within the Fremont Main Library as well as at the Family Search Library. His list also included the following resources: FamilySearch.org; Genealogy.com; Facebook; and Cyndi’s list.
If you need help navigating this database, beginning this coming Saturday, our local teens return to tutor older adults. They could help you locate this database on our website as well as answer questions about computer topics, eBook readers, digital cameras, or cell phones. Tutoring begins at 10:30 AM and concludes at 12:30 PM. Dates for this program: September 28 through November 16, 2013.
And don’t forget the library catalog – a subject search for genealogy brings up 97 titles – some are DVDs and others are books. And you can extend your search to the libraries of the Link + catalog, our sharing service.