Genealogy Programming

Below are the current Genealogy Programs that the Huntsville Public Library offers:

Exploring "Ancestry.com" Workshop

If your family tree is missing some branches, then sign up for “Exploring Ancestry.com”, a workshop devoted to teaching the basics of this online family history resource. The workshop will be held from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday of each month from January 11 to June 7. Develop the skill sets needed for online genealogical research. Learn how to navigate the different learning centers and databases. Discover family tree members using Ancestry.com tools such as vital, census, military, and immigration records. The site is free to library patrons when used on the library’s computers. Register here or contact Mary at 936-291-5471. 

Searching FamilySearch.org with Sharon Vann

The Huntsville Public Library is pleased to announce an opportunity for genealogy enthusiasts and newcomers alike to meet with an experienced and qualified genealogical researcher. Two-hour sessions will be offered the first and third Fridays from February through June. Sessions will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendance will be limited to no more than three researchers. The small group will allow each participant to receive individual attention. Sharon Vann has volunteered to assist local researchers with the skills and knowledge she has acquired over many years of family research. Vann has worked since 2006 organizing and teaching family history interest groups in her church. She has spent the last several years giving one-on-one help to those interested in learning how to use Family Search as a research tool. Interested persons should contact Mary Kokot, Adult Program Coordinator at 936-291- 5471. Sign-up is required. The next available classes are on May 4 and May 18. Register here.

Lineage Society Workshop

The Huntsville Public Library will host its 27th annual Lineage Society Workshop on Thursday, June 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the public is encouraged to attend.

The workshop will be held in the Library’s Community Room and participants will receive assistance in preparation of lineage applications to any patriotic or lineage society (women and men). Attendees will have an hour for independent lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

“Anyone interested in joining a lineage society is invited to participate,” said Mary Kokot, Adult Services Coordinator. “Bring any genealogical & family materials you have, i.e. birth, death, and marriage certificates, Bible records, land records, etc. If in doubt, bring it along. Help will be available to assist in preparing your lineage papers, and worksheets and handouts will be furnished.”

The workshop is taught by Johnnie Jo Sowell Dickenson, Professional Genealogist, and is sponsored by the Mary Martin Elmore Scott Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Huntsville Public Library. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required.  To attend the workshop and receive the handouts and worksheets, interested parties can register here. For any additional information, call Kokot at 936-291-5471.

Frances Sprott Goforth Memorial Genealogy Weekend

The Frances Sprott Goforth Memorial Genealogy Weekend will be held August 3rd and 4th, 2018 at the Huntsville Public Library. This year's event, "Orphan Trains, Adoption, and DNA” is hosted by the Walker County Genealogical Society and the Huntsville Public Library. On-site registration begins at 9:30 a.m. both days with programs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, August 3 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 4. A light supper will be provided on Friday. A silent auction, open to the public, will be held during the weekend and will end at 4 p.m. Saturday. The event is free but requires registration. Call 936-291-5471 or sign up here.