Genealogy Orientation this Saturday, November 5th

At 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 5th, Matt Rutherford, Curator of Genealogy and Local History, will introduce novices to the basics of research with a free informal orientation. No reservations are necessary. The session will be held in the Towner Fellows’ Lounge on the second floor of the Newberry Library. Click here for directions to the Newberry.

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Nice article.When I was about 11, I had a famliy tree school assignment which was soon followed by interviewing my three living grandparents. I gathered names, dates, and places. They volunteered a bit more, but I didn't write down everything and I didn't think to record them. When I got back to genealogy as an adult, I still had the data that I had written down from that time.So even though I did get an early start with three grandparents, I didn't know the rules. I didn't record them, didn't ask the right questions, and didn't write down every word they spoke. (I know my grandmother told me an uncle changed the name. She didn't know which person that uncle was, but I'm certain she told me the name. Frustrating not to remember or have written it down!)Still, it was a good start and a lot more information than my parents could have ever provided. It's a good thing some of my grandparents' siblings were still around and I got to talk to them. Have you looked up your great-uncles and great-aunts?

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