Monday, April 5, 2010

Who Do You Think You Are?

Local Family Historian to Conduct Free Genealogy Seminar

A new prime time NBC network television program on Friday nights has sparked an amazing revolution in the world of genealogy research. The new program, Who Do You Think You Are?, has inspired many would-be genealogist to take up the mantle and research their family roots. While the program provides the viewer the motivation to research their family history, it is short on actual details of how to conduct the process.

First, there is no such thing as an ordinary family. Each one has its own stories: the black sheep, the Civil War hero, the ancestors who fled to the United States, or the lost family fortune. No matter how plain you think your background is, chances are there is a saga just waiting to be discovered by you and your family. So if you are interested in researching your family history, a special program will be presented in April in Hayesville, to help get you started in researching your family genealogy.

Larry Van Horn, noted local family historian and syndicated newspaper columnist, will conduct a free genealogy seminar for genealogy beginners on April 10 (Saturday morning) between 9:30-11:00 a.m. at the Moss Memorial Library, 26 Anderson Street in Hayesville.

Larry, who has been teaching genealogy classes at Tri-County Community College for the last 12 years, will present material that will aid the newcomer in discovering their family's past. The program will focus on the first steps you need to get started, Internet resources you can use in your research, and some genealogy tools you can use to document your family findings.

So if you are interested in researching your past, and uncovering your family's great American story, be sure to mark April 10 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Moss Memorial Library on your calendar.