Orange County Library System Genealogy Event – December 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 get guidance on how to use holiday gatherings for research, among other virtual classes. For more information on these and other library events, visit ocls.org.
Civil War Pension Files: Union & Confederate
Tuesday, December 5, 1 p.m.
Explore the contents of both Union and Confederate Civil War pension files. Discover what types of information are contained in these records.
Wednesday, December 6, 6:30 p.m.
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.
Using City Directories in Genealogy Research
Thursday, December 7, Noon
Learn how historical city directories can supplement your family’s genealogical research.
Hathi Trust Digital Library and Genealogy
Tuesday, December 12, 1 p.m.
Discover the Hathi Trust Digital Library and learn how you can use this amazing resource to enhance your genealogical research.
Advanced Searching on Ancestry.com
Wednesday, December 13, 6:30 p.m.
Learn how to make the most out of your searches on Ancestry Library Edition and Ancestry.com.
Organizing Your Family History Research
Thursday, December 14, Noon
Keep your genealogy research on track by staying organized. Learn how to organize your genealogy documents and do your research in a systematic manner.
Genealogy in the States: Georgia
Tuesday, December 19, 1 p.m.
Explore the rich research resources and collections that are held in a variety of archives and repositories in Georgia. Discover what records are available and how to use them.
Introduction to DNA Testing
Wednesday, December 20, 6:30 p.m.
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 the Holiday Table
Thursday, December 21, Noon
The holidays are 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.
Genealogy in the States: New York
Tuesday, December 26, 1 p.m.
Explore the rich research resources and collections that are held in a variety of archives and repositories in New York. Discover what records are available and how to use them.
Exploring DNA Websites
Wednesday, December 27, 6:30 p.m.
Explore four DNA websites: Ancestry DNA, FamilyTreeDNA, MyHeritage and 23andme. Learn the differences between the companies and see how to navigate each company’s website.
DNA Techniques Leeds & McGuire Methods
Thursday, December 28, Noon
Learn how to utilize these genealogy problem-solving methods and see how they can help you with your DNA analysis.