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Orange County Library System Genealogy Events – March 2024

Through their West Oaks Branch and Genealogy Center, the Orange County Library System offers a wide array of genealogy events that we know fans of the History Center would be interested in, so we’re happy to support our valued community partner by giving you this monthly listing. OCLS offers the classes both virtually and in-person. Learn more these events and all the library has to offer at

Finding Your Roots: Newspapers
Tuesday, March 5, 1 p.m.
Join us as we explore how you can use newspapers to expand your family history research and learn more about your ancestors.

Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing Study Group
Wednesdays, March 6–27, 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.

Genealogy in the States
Thursday, March 7, Noon
Explore the rich research resources and collections that are held in a variety of archives and repositories in South Carolina. Discover what records are available and how to use them.

Sunday Morning Genealogy
Sunday, March 10, 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.

Finding Your Roots: City Directories
Tuesday, March 12, 1 p.m.
Learn how historical city directories can supplement your family’s genealogical research.

Building Your Family Tree on
Thursday, March 14, Noon
Discover all of the tools and resources has to help you build your family tree online.

Global Genealogy
Tuesday, March 26, 1 p.m.
Explore resources, tips and tricks for finding records in the home countries of your ancestors. This session focuses on England and Wales.

Exploring DNA Tools on
Thursday, March 28, Noon
Learn about the latest tools has developed to assist you in working with your DNA matches.

Finding Your Roots: Vital Records
West Oaks Branch
Friday, March 29, 3 p.m.
Births, marriages and deaths are important pieces of information for your family history. Become familiar with the key sources for locating your ancestors’ vital records.