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Orange County Library System Genealogy Events – November 2023

OCLS’s West Oaks Branch and Genealogy Center offers events that cover a range of basic and beginning genealogy research. This month you can learn how to learn more about your family tree using newspapers, among other virtual classes. For more information and to register, visit here.

Hard To Find Ancestors
Wednesday, November 1, 6:30 p.m.
Join us as we discuss techniques you can use to find your ancestors even if they didn’t leave a large trail of records behind.

Finding Your Roots Series: Military Records
Thursday, November 2, Noon
Military records have been created throughout our history regardless of whether or not there was a war being waged. Learn how military records can help you to uncover information on your ancestors.

Genealogy and the Law Study Group
Tuesdays, November 7–21, 1 p.m.
Join us for our Genealogy and the Law study group focusing on legal sources for the family historian.

DPLA and Genealogy
Wednesday, November 8, 6:30 p.m.
Discover the Digital Public Library of America and learn how you can use this amazing resource to enhance your genealogical research.

Finding Your Roots Series: DNA Testing
Thursday, November 9, Noon
This week will cover DNA testing. Learn the basics of genetic genealogy and how DNA testing can supplement your traditional genealogical research. Explore the different types of tests that are available.

Genealogy Conversations at Thanksgiving
Wednesday, November 15, 6:30 p.m.
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to jumpstart your genealogy and family tree research. Learn how to discover information while you are sitting around the table with family members.

Finding Your Roots Series: Ancestors’ Stories in Newspapers
Thursday, November 16, Noon
Join us as we explore how you can use newspapers to expand your family history research and learn more about your ancestors.

Sunday Morning Genealogy
Sunday, November 19, 11 a.m.
Grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and join us for this Sunday morning genealogy hangout. Feel free to ask any type of genealogy question or propose a genealogy discussion topic.

Tuesday, November 28, 1 p.m.
Learn about the key DNA tools and features available on the website.

Building Your Family Tree on
Wednesday, November 29, 6:30 p.m.
Discover all of the tools and resources has to help you build your family tree online.

Connecting With Cousins
Thursday, November 30, Noon
Explore the best way to begin analyzing and working with your DNA matches.