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Orange County Library System Genealogy Events – August 2023

The History Center regularly collaborates with the Orange County Library System, a natural partnership particularly since its main location is next door. With that in mind, we are pleased to keep you informed about history-related events offered at OCLS.

OCLS’s West Oaks Branch and Genealogy Center offers events that cover a range of basic and beginning genealogy research techniques, including how to interpret DNA results, census records, vital statistics, land records, probate records, and immigration records. For more information and to register, visit here.

Mastering Genealogical Documentation Study Group
Tuesdays, August 1–29, 1 p.m.
Join us for our Mastering Genealogical Proof study group focusing on genealogical documentation.

File Your Piles: Digital Organization for Genealogy
Wednesday, August 2, 6:30 p.m.
Learn how to digitize and organize your genealogical files.

Advanced Searching on Ancestry.Com
Thursday, August 3, Noon
Learn how to make the most out of your searches on Ancestry Library Edition and

Facts vs. Stories Writing for Genealogy
Wednesday, August 9, 6:30 p.m.
Learn how to turn your family history facts into engaging stories that your relatives will want to read.

Building Your Family Tree on
Thursday, August 10, Noon
Discover all of the tools and resources has to help you build your family tree online.

Genealogy 101
West Oaks Branch
Friday, August 11, 3 p.m.
Are you interested in learning about your family history but don’t know where to begin? This program will help you get started by introducing you to genealogical terms, techniques and resources.

Periodical Source Index (Persi)
Wednesday, August 16, 6:30 p.m.
Discover how to use PERSI to further your genealogical research.

Exploring DNA Tools on
Thursday, August 17, Noon.
Learn about the latest tools has developed to assist you in working with your DNA matches.

Hard to Find Ancestors
Wednesday, August 30, 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.

Thursday, August 31, Noon
FamilySearch is a tremendous and free source for family history research. Learn how to navigate this website and how to make the most of the information that it contains.