Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Learning Center at Familysearch.org

Welcome to this weeks SCDL's Tree Talk Tuesdays Blog Post. This week we are looking at an exciting feature at Familysearch.org. Did you know that Familysearch has a Learning Center on their website where you can view Genealogy Courses that will help with tracing the family tree? They do and its FREE!

From beginning genealogy to researching overseas familysearch has a course for you. To get started go to www.familysearch.org/learningcenter.  Once the page has loaded there are couple of options for searching for courses. On the right side of the screen you will see a series of featured classes. You can choose any that looks interesting to you.

Another option is in the purple box on the left side of the screen titled " What course are you looking for?" Below the titled you can choose a specific county, skill level, format, subject or subject language.

The third option for choosing a course is to simply type in what you are looking for. In the box provided at the top of the screen, type in what you are looking for (I choose Scotland) and then click search. The next screen you will see looks like the image below. The search narrowed down two 4 results for Scotland ( only two will show in the screen shot below.) From this screen I choose ScotlandsPeople.org.

After clicking on the blue link next to the image for the course. The course page will open (shown below). On the course page you will find the video of the course as well as course supplements (handouts, feedback ect.). The handouts are a PDF that you can print out and take notes on while watching the video.

 I hope you this to be helpful in your research. Until next week Happy Hunting!


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Did your family celebrate the First Thanksgiving?

Welcome to this weeks SCDL Tree Talk Tuesday. As I write this post we are coming up on the end of November, the weather has turned colder, the days are getting shorter, and most if not all the leaves have fallen from their branches. November also means that we will gather with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving. As we gather together, the talk often times turns to our families and traditions. How many of us, in listening to the family stories, have discover that we have descended from those who celebrated the first Thanksgiving?

If you are one of these individuals did you know that there is a lineage society that you can join? The General Society of the Mayflower Descendents, was organized in Plymouth, Massachusettes on January 12, 1897. It is a national orgainization of descendants of the passengers who arrived on the Mayflower to New England in November of  1620. Of the 102 individuals that were on board there were 26 heads of families. Their names are as follows;

John Alden
Priscilla Mullins Alden
Bartholomew Allerton
Isaac Allerton
Mary Allerton
Mary (Norris) Allerton
Remember Allerton
Elinor Billington
Francis Billington
John Billington
William Bradford
Love Brewster
Mary Brewster
William Brewster

Peter BrownJames Chilton
Mary Chilton
Susanna Chilton
Francis Cooke
John Cooke
Edward Doty
Francis Eaton
Samuel Eaton
Sara Eaton
Moses Fletcher

Edward FullerMrs. Edward Fuller
Samuel Fuller
Samuel Fuller Jr.
Constance Hopkins
Elizabeth (Fisher) Hopkins
Giles Hopkins
Stephen Hopkins
Elizabeth Tilley Howland
John Howland
Richard Moore
William Mullins
Degory Priest

Joseph Rogers
Thomas Rogers
Henry Samson
George Soule
Myles Standish
Joan (Hurst) Tilley
John Tilley
Richard Warren
Peregrine White
Resolved White
Susanna White Winslow
William White
Edward Winslow
To join the General Mayflower Society it is much like joining any other lineage society (i.e. D.A.R., Colonial Dames, S.A.R.), your first step is to begin the process of filling out a family tree showing your direct line to your Mayflower Ancestor. The Stark County District Library has many resources that can help in your search. The following is a link to the Genealogy Resources of  Mayflower Descendants.

The next step in the process is to contact the Ohio Mayflower Society and request a preliminary application. This will give you the information about membership, fees, dues and instructions for filling in the names of your direct ancestors to your Mayflower ancestor. At this point no documentation is needed (although, it doesn't hurt to have it ready when you are doing your initial search so you don't have to go back an get it later).  The state historian will then read over your synopsis and determine what documentation is needed. Typically you will need only documentation up to the last person who in your tree that is already in the society.

Once the State Historian has determined the documentation that is needed. He/She will give you teh offical papers that you will record all the generations on and attached the documentation. This paperwork will then be submitted to the state for election into the society.

 For information  information about the Mayflower and the Lineage Society follow the links below.

Ohio Mayflower Descendants

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants

Plimoth Plantation

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Family History Month Wrap Up

Welcome to this week's Tree Talk Tuesdays Blog. It's been a busy month here in Genealogy and as we come to the end of Family History Month we wrap up with a night of celebration! It's that time of year again when we hold our annual Diggin' In the Dark: Genealogy After Hours program.

This year's program will be held Saturday, October 26 from 6pm-midnight at the Main Library. It's a night for you to come discover details of your ancestry as well as  mingle and share with fellow researchers. No previous genealogy experience is required. The only requirment is that you pre-register. To register simply click the image to the left and you will be taken to the registration page. Only a few spots remain so make sure to register today! There is a waiting list if registration fills up.

This year we are also excited about our special guest speaker that will be coming Jana Broglin CG, OGSF. Jana will be teaching a class title "Organization 101. Confessions of a True Pile-It".This class will be great for learning how to organize your Genealogy Research!.

A little background information on Jana Broglin. She is a native of northwestern Ohio, and has been a speaker on genealogical topics at the local,s tate, regional and national conferences. She is a professional genealogist with over 30 years of experience and specializes in Ohio research.
Jana became a Certified Genealogist in November 2004. In april 2011, she became a Fellow of the Ohio Genealogical Society. Both result in the additions of CG and OGSF after her name.

Until next week Happy Hunting!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

North Canton Heritage Society and More!

Welcome to this week's SCDL Tree Talk Tuesday's Blog Post. We are continuing on with Family History Month. So far we have taught classes on Beginning Your Research, Organizing Your Research, Find your family in the Census, Using the Ohio Court Records, Finding Records Online and Tracing Your Stark County Ancestors Using Land Records. Thank you to all who have attended so far!

On Wednesday 10/16 Stephanie Houck from our Genealogy Department with be teaching a Beginning Genealogy Workshop for the North Canton Heritage Society in conjuction with the Smithsonian Exhibition Journey Stories. The workshop with be held at the North Canton Public Library. Stephanie will help members of the community research their families’ genealogy. She will explain how to get started, use several online tools, and explain the array of tools available at the Stark County Library. Participants should either bring their own laptop computers or they may borrow one of several available for their use from the North Canton Library.
The workshop is free, but reservations are necessary and can be made by calling the North Canton Heritage Society at 330-494-4791 or e-mailing ncantonheritage@sbcglobal.net. Please indicate if you need one of the borrowed computers.

Then on Saturday, October 19th at the Plain Community Branch we will continue on with our Saturday Series. This week the topics are Genealogy Databases @ SCDL and Genealogy Computer Programs. During the Genealogy Databases Program we will be looking at Ancestry.com, Heritage Quest, and Family Search. We will also be previewing the new database World Vital Records. During the Genealogy Computer Programs we will look at various softwares that are available for you to help record all the family information that you discover! If you haven't register yet, there is still time! Simply go to http://www.starklibrary.org/program-search 

Tip of the week-  Using an * after the first three letters of name will search for multiple spellings and miss spellings of a name. For example...Joh* will bring up Johnston, Johnson, Johnstone, Johnmyer, Johan...This type of search keep the first letters exactly the same, but allows for any combitation of letters after it. 

Happy Hunting! 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October is Family History Month

Welcome to this weeks SCDL Tree Talk Tuesday! It's that time of year when, the leaves begin to change, nights get cooler and best of all we celebrate family! October is Family History Month and as I mentioned last post, we here in the Genealogy Department have an entire month of family history programing to celebrate! Check back here at the blog often for tips, tricks and what classes are being offered during the week to help you build your family tree.

To kick of the month long celebration. Lauren Landis  will be teaching two classes on Saturday, October 5th at the Plain Community Branch. The first class will be "Genealogy Basics." It will be from 1-2:30. During this session you will earn how to organize and begin to trace your family tree. Please bring any family information you may have, because you will using charts and forms during the class.
The second class will be "Using the Federal Census Effectively" This sesssion will be from 3-4:30pm and will cover what you can find both written and implied about your family using the census records.

Can't make Saturday's program? Then join us Monday evening as we explore   "Digging Up Your Roots @ SCDL"  This class will be taught by Stephanie Houck  and will be held Monday, October 7th at North Branch from 6-7:30pm.   During the class you will learn what the Genaelogy Collections holds and how it can help in researching your family tree. Whether you are just beginning or you have been  researching for years, we encourage you to attend this program. We have many great and wonderful resources and are all FREE for you to use.

To register for any of the classes above you can either call teh Genealogy Desk (330-456-2765) or register online http://www.starklibrary.org/program-search

Branch locations can be found at the following link: http://www.starklibrary.org/locations

Happy Family History Month!


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Gearing up for Family History Month

Welcome to this week's Tree Talk Tuesdays. September is a busy month in the Genealogy Department at SCDL as we are gearing up for Family History Month. Typically the month of October is set aside as Family History Month each year and we celebrate by having programming all month long. This year the programs will held at the North Branch Library on Monday evenings and the Plain Branch on Saturday afternoons. Then to wrap the month we will hold the 4th Annual Diggin' in the Dark: Genealogy After Hours Program on October 26th at the Main library.  So, whether you are a beginner or have been researching for years we hope to see you in October!

 Below you will find a list of the events and stay tuned for more details in the weeks ahead.

Library Event
Genealogy Basics
Adults: Learn how to get started searching, gathering and organizing your family history.

Saturday, Oct 05 2013 1:00pm-2:30pm Stark Plain Community Branch46 Seats Remaining Register Registration is requested. Register online or call 330.458.2765.
Library Event
Using the Federal Census Effectively
Adults: Learn how the Federal Census can help you trace your family history.

Saturday, Oct 05 2013 3:00pm-4:30pm Stark Plain Community Branch48 Seats Remaining Register Registration is requested. Register online or call 330.458.2765.
Library Event
Digging Up Your Roots @ SCDL Introduction to Genealogy
Adult: Learn what records are available in the Genealogy Department to help you trace your family history.

Monday, Oct 07 2013 6:00pm-7:30pm Stark North Branch44 Seats Remaining Register Registration is requested. Register online or call 330.458.2765.
Library Event
Ohio Courthouse Records
Adults: Learn what records are available at Ohio Courthouses to help in your family history research.

Saturday, Oct 12 2013 1:00pm-2:30pm Stark Plain Community Branch46 Seats Remaining Register Registration is requested. Register online or call 330.458.2765.
Library Event
Finding Records Online
Adults: Learn what records are available online to help with your family history research.

Monday, Oct 21 2013 6:30pm-7:30pm Stark North Branch48 Seats Remaining Register Registration is requested. Register online or call 330.458.2765.
Saturday, Oct 12 2013 3:00pm-4:30pm Stark Plain Community Branch47 Seats Remaining Register Registration is requested. Register online or call 330.458.2765.
Library Event
Genealogy Databases @ SCDL
Adult: Learn what databases are available to help you research your family history.

Saturday, Oct 19 2013 1:00pm-2:30pm Stark Plain Community Branch47 Seats Remaining Register Registration is requested. Register online or call 330.458.2765.
Library Event
Tracing your Stark County Ancestors Using Land Records
Adult: Learn how Land Records can help with your family tree research and how to locate where the ancestral homestead is on a modern map.

Monday, Oct 14 2013 6:00pm-7:30pm Stark North Branch48 Seats Remaining Register Registration is requested. Register online or call 330.458.2765.
Library Event
4th Annual Diggin' In the Dark Genealogy After Hours
Adult: Enjoy a full evening of family history research; discover the details of your ancestry. No previous genealogy experience needed.

Saturday, Oct 26 2013 6:00pm-12:00am Stark Main Library McKinley Room64 Seats Remaining Register Registration is requested. register online or call 330.458.2765.

* To register for any of the above classes simply follow the link http://www.starklibrary.org/program-search and click or type in Genealogy in the Keyword box on the page.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Beginning Genealogy Class

Welcome to SCDL's Tree Talk Tuesdays Blog. This is the fourth week in the return of Who Do You Think You Are. How many of you have been watching it and how many of you have caught the bug of wanting to dig further into your Genealogy or just start it? This week I (Stephanie), from the Genealogy Dept. here at Main will be teaching a Beginning Genealogy Class at the East Canton Branch from 2-3:30. Whether you are a seasoned veteran of researching or just beginning, there is something for you in the class. We will be discussing how to organizing your research, how to fill out charts and forms to help you keep organzed and on task. We also will be discussing what types of records and websites are available to help you with the research process. To register simply following the link here http://www.starklibrary.org/program-search or call the East Canton Branch 330.488.1501. Seating is limited to register today!

Have a great week and we'll see you back here next week for more Tree Talk Tuesdays.