Celebrate National Family History Month at Omaha Public Library
October is Family History Month in the United States and Omaha Public Library (OPL) has planned a series of events to help family researchers of all experience levels uncover their past. All events are free, but registration is required at omahalibrary.org or by contacting the hosting location.
For those who can’t make it to a scheduled activity, there are still many opportunities to begin or continue researching family history using OPL’s extensive genealogy resources, such as MyHeritage, Ancestry.com, and the Gilbert M. and Martha H. Hitchcock Omaha World-Herald Digital Archive. Visit guides.omahalibrary.org/genealogy to learn more about OPL’s genealogy department.
Genealogy Work Group: Join genealogy enthusiasts to work on your personal research and exchange genealogy tips with others. A genealogy instructor will be available to offer help.
Friday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m.-noon at Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Ln., 402-444-4848 or Friday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m.-noon at Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St., 402-444-6284
Computer Resources for Genealogy: Saturday, Oct. 3, 1-3 p.m. at Benson Branch, 6015 Binney St., 402-444-4846. Learn how to navigate OPL’s genealogical databases.
Genealogy 101: Monday, Oct. 5, 6-7:30 p.m. at Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plz., 402-289-4367. Learn how to get started (or restarted) researching and organizing your family history, and discover various websites and other tools, like Family Tree Maker, to help facilitate your search.
Freedmen’s Bureau Project: Learn how to help make history visible by indexing historical documents and connecting families with their ancestors. For more information on the Freedmen’s Bureau Project, visit discoverfreedmen.org. These sessions will be taught by experienced volunteers from the Mormon Trail Center.
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 6-8 p.m. at Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St., 402-444-5299
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 6-8 p.m. at Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave., 402-444-4849
Honoring Your Ancestors – Coffee & Conversation: Saturday, Oct. 17, 8:30-10 a.m. at A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St., 402-444-5274. Bring your laptop and family photos and documents, and start learning the basics of genealogy research with professional genealogist Phyllis Ericson. Coffee and bagels will be provided.
Genealogists Online: Research your ancestors online using Digital Sanborn Maps. Sunday, Oct. 18, 2-3 p.m. at W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., 402-444-4800
Black, White and Read All Over: A presentation by genealogy expert Karen Tippets about how to use newspapers to aid in your genealogical research. Thursday, Oct. 22, 7-8:30 p.m. at Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Ln., 402-444-4848
Tracking Your Immigrant Ancestors Back to the “Old Country”: Saturday, Oct. 31, 2-3 p.m. at W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., 402-444-4800. Learn how to identify your immigrant ancestor with U.S. records, find where to look for your ancestor’s place of origin in the “old country” and visit the homeland. Bring any helpful information such as the name(s) of your immigrant ancestor(s), and birth and death dates.