Genealogy workshop set

Published 2:28 pm Thursday, March 1, 2018

Members of the community can learn to research and preserve their past during a workshop set to be held at Longwood University on Tuesday.

The workshop, “Finding Your Roots: A Hands on Genealogical Research Workshop,” will take place at 7 p.m. at the Greenwood Library Atrium on campus.

During the event, participants can learn about online genealogy databases available at the university library and use the information to conduct their own genealogy research, a release from the university cited.

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In addition, participants can bring 10-15 photos or documents, where instructors can show participants how to scan and preserve the information, the release cited.

Benedict Chatlain, library specialist, said a similar event took place in October.

“We did an introductory workshop,” Chatlain said, “just an introduction to doing genealogical research and what kind of different tools were available to beginners. And this one is going to be more of an intermediate sort of workshop.”

A genealogical specialist, Katie Derby, will be featured during the workshop and was featured during the October workshop. Derby is a licensed genealogist based in Culpeper who works as an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University, Chatlain said.

He said the event will give people tools to learn how to discover their ancestry.

“(It’s) a great opportunity for people to get hands-on experience, especially using some of the online software, like Ancestry(.com),” Chatlain said.

Jamie Krogh, archives and records specialist, said the event would give those interested in learning about their ancestry or past some additional resources to try.

“Genealogical research … is really popular right now,” Krogh said, “and a lot of people struggle with where to start, or they start the process and then they don’t get very far because they hit a wall.”

“The library has a lot of resources that we want people to know that we have, so we want to give people an opportunity to learn a little bit more if they are interested in genealogical research,” Krogh said.