“Discovering Your Roots” Workshop a Success

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The second annual genealogy workshop,” Discovering Your Roots…,” was held last Saturday, October 16, 2010 here at the Central Library. Over 100 visitors were in attendance from all over Western New York. Along with the library staff from the Local History division, 18 volunteers from Rochester Genealogical Society assisted researchers on their quests to find more pieces to their genealogical puzzles. In addition to aiding researchers with a wide variety of topics, volunteers gave demonstrations on how to use ancestry.com, how to access archived newspapers on microfilm, and how to use the New York State Vital Records Index.

Several speakers presented information on topics such as beginning your genealogical research, immigration, locating records for female ancestors, and using DNA for genealogical testing purposes. Special guest, Tom Tryniski, of fultonhistory.com, graciously shared his expertise on digitizing resources and spent time answering questions.

All in all, the event was a great success. Many visitors shared comments and feedback, most of which were very positive. One major request was for food! Perhaps we can work this into the plans for next year’s workshop. Thanks to all who attended and all who made this event possible!

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