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Find out more about your German ancestors at the library in April

Our friends at the Orange County Library System have a wonderful resource in their Genealogy Center located in the West Oaks Branch in Ocoee. This month you can learn about your ancestors from Tennessee to Europe. Learn more about the many resources of the library at

Utilizing the General Register Office Records (GRO)
Tuesday, April 2, 1 p.m.
The GRO oversees civil registration in England and Wales maintaining records of all births, marriages and deaths dating back to 1837. Learn how to utilize this resource in your genealogical research.

Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing Study Group
Wednesdays, April 3–17, 6:30 p.m.
Join us for our genetic genealogy study group. A copy of the book, The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine T. Bettinger, is required to participate in this webinar series.

Using the DPLA Website for Genealogy
Thursday, April 4, Noon
Discover the Digital Public Library of America and learn how you can use this amazing resource to enhance your genealogy research.

Genealogy in the States: Tennessee
Tuesday, April 9, 1 p.m.
Explore the rich research resources and collections that are held in a variety of archives and repositories in Tennessee. Discover what records are available and how to use them.

Researching in NYC The Five Boroughs
Thursday, April 11, Noon
Explore the rich research resources and collections that are held in a variety of repositories in the five boroughs of New York City. Discover what records are available and how to use them.

Genealogy Research Report Writing & Numbering
Tuesday, April 16, 1 p.m.
Learn about the different types of genealogy reports and numbering systems.

Global Genealogy: Germany
Thursday, April 18, Noon
Explore resources, tips and tricks for finding records in the home countries of your ancestors. This session focuses on Germany.

Finding Your Roots: Land Records
West Oaks Branch
Friday, April 19, 3 p.m.
Learn about deeds, mortgages, platting and surveys. Discover the difference between metes and bounds states and public land record states.

Hard to Find Ancestors
Tuesday, April 23, 1 p.m.
Embark on an exciting journey with us as we unveil hidden strategies for uncovering your ancestors’ stories, even in the absence of extensive records.

Genealogy Research Question Workshop
Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 p.m.
Sharpen your genealogy skills and learn about resources by sharing your research questions.

Connecting with DNA Cousins
Thursday, April 25, Noon
If you have received your autosomal DNA test results and are wondering what to do next then this program is exactly what you need. Explore the best way to working with your DNA matches.

Genealogy Research Project Start-to-Finish
Tuesday, April 30, 1 p.m.
Get your genealogy research on track. Learn how to organize information at the beginning of your genealogy research project in order to help you develop and implement an effective research plan.

Photo courtesy Orange County Library System