Finding family information

University Library offers genealogy workshops April 29, May 15

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8:38 a.m., April 8, 2014--The University of Delaware Library will present two workshops on genealogy titled “Genealogy for Beginners” and “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way to Find Information about Your Family” during the spring semester.

Participants will also learn how to search the online database Ancestry Library Edition for U.S. census records. Ancestry Library Edition is available from the Library Databases page.

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“Genealogy for Beginners” will cover the basics for researchers who are just starting to work on their family histories. It will present an overview of the types of records that contain genealogical information as well as research strategies for finding and recording this data. 

Participants will also learn how to search the online database Ancestry Library Edition for U.S. census records. 

The second workshop, “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way to Find Information about Your Family,” is meant for intermediate genealogists.  

Wills and the court records associated with the legal process of proving them (probate) are important resources for genealogy and other history researchers. Wills can provide details about a family’s standard of living, property, household members, friends and the legal position of women and minors in the household. 

This workshop will cover the basics of the probate process and provide steps for locating these records.

“Genealogy for Beginners” will be offered on Tuesday, April 29, from 10 a.m.-noon in the Library Instruction Room (116A) on the first floor of the Morris Library. Presenters will be Rebecca Knight, associate librarian, and Linda Stein, librarian, both of the Reference and Instructional Services Department.

“Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way to Find Information about Your Family” will be offered on Thursday, May 15, from 10 a.m.-noon, also in the Library Instruction Room (116A). Knight and Stein will be the presenters.

The workshops are offered at no charge and open to University of Delaware students, faculty and staff. Seating is limited, and registration is required. Online registration is available at this website. The guide also has the complete list of workshops offered by the library. 

Questions regarding the workshops may be shared by calling 302-831-2231 or emailing lib-workshops@udel.edu.

Both workshops are also open to the general public at no charge. Online registration is not available for members of the general public or for students in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Register by email via lib-workshops@udel.edu or by calling the Reference and Instructional Services Department at 302-831-2432.

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