The library of the Soule branch will host an introductory genealogy workshop

Want to know more about your ancestors? Want to see if they came on the Mayflower or want to try connecting to a lineage society? Wondering if it’s possible to find out more about your slave ancestors? Have you done a DNA test on a site like ancestry.com and you have no idea what the results mean? This workshop, led by genealogist and librarian Amanda Perrine, will be held at the Soule Branch Library, 101 Springfield Road, Syracuse, on Saturday, October 22 from 2-4 p.m., and will help you begin to answer these questions.

Genealogy, the study of your ancestors, is one of the most popular hobbies in the United States today. Once the pastime of those whose families came here in the 1600s, people from all walks of life now partake. As online databases have grown, it has become easier to start a search, but knowing what to do with the information you find is difficult. This hands-on workshop will begin by looking at the forms used by genealogists and why, giving participants the opportunity to practice entering information about them (all genealogies being with yourself, no other family knowledge is necessary ). We will then follow a New York family through the census and vital records to learn how to begin researching your family. Most of these objects can be found on ancestry.coman online database available free of charge at all public libraries in Onondaga County.

After this introduction, we will discuss DNA results, looking at four of the major genetic genealogy companies. Find out what the most useful ethnic estimates are for and what to look for in your match list. A discussion of the ethics of DNA testing and the surprises you might find there will help those who haven’t taken a test yet decide if it’s the right decision for them.

There will be plenty of time for questions at the end. After this workshop, attendees are invited to attend a monthly Virtual Genealogy Roundtable hosted on the fourth Friday of the month at 10 a.m. by Amanda and Celeste Moore to further their genealogy education. Individual assistance is also available by appointment with Amanda.

Amanda began her family history research at age 12 after learning that her great-great-grandmother may have been bigamous, and she hasn’t stopped searching ever since. She is currently director of the Soule Branch Library, where she hosts monthly genealogy roundtables. Amanda earned her Masters in Library Science and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Cultural Heritage Preservation from Syracuse University.

The Introductory Genealogy Workshop will be held Saturday, October 22 from 2-4 p.m. at the Soule Branch Library, 101 Springfield Road, Syracuse. Registration is appreciated at http://www.onlib.org or by calling the library at 315-435-5320.

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