Traditionally during the month of February, America celebrates Black History Month by recognizing the contributions to the national culture by famous African-Americans.
The Laurel Public Library offers a way to honor one’s own ancestors and pay tribute to those who have gone before by offering a special, introductory workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, on skills and techniques used in African-American genealogy research. The workshop, which will take place in the Carpenter Community Room, will consist of a morning instructional session, a light lunch, and an afternoon work session using online resources.
The morning session will offer an introduction to general genealogy skills and then move on to more specific strategies for African-American research. Participants will have the opportunity in the afternoon session to practice what they have learned in the earlier session and/or do additional research.
A limited number of laptop computers will be available for this use. Wi-Fi internet will be available for those with their own computers.
Due to space and computer limitations, the audience will be limited to 20 participants. Preregistration is required for all three sessions.
This program will be presented by library staff member Norma Jean Fowler, who oversees the library’s Genealogy and Delaware History department. An avid amateur genealogist, Fowler will help beginners with the basics. This will include using the library’s collection of online census records and other print sources.
For more advanced researchers, she will offer techniques, strategies, and online sources which may help in finding specialized African-American records. A collection of library books that are available for checkout will also be on hand, as well as other DVD items that relate to African-American genealogy.
To register for this program or for more information, email normajean.fowler@ lib.de.us or call 302-875-3184.