November 8th, 2015

Genealogy Symposium Saturday, November 14th


It wasn’t that long ago that I became interested in genealogy – and at first it was quite daunting! I’ve learned that we have so many resources that you can use! One that could really help you is the upcoming 4th Annual Cecil County Public Library Genealogy Symposium.

On November 14th, from 9am-1pm, we will have three speakers all of which are designed to help people further their research. I’ll be the first speaker and I’ll be presenting “Exploring Library Genealogy Resources.” This lecture is designed to help people discover what resources are available at the Cecil County Public Library. There will also be two other speakers: Mary Mannix, the manager of the Maryland Room in Frederick County, will present “Thinking about Your Stuff: Estate Planning for Genealogists,” and Shamele Jordan, a genealogical researcher, lecturer, writer and podcaster, will present “Visualizing the Past: Mapping Your Ancestors.”
We will have tables with representatives from local and state organizations such as the Historical Society of Cecil County, Daughters of the American Revolution, Enoch Pratt Free Library, and the Delaware Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society.

In case you cannot make it to our symposium on the 14th, we have a great collection of books that you could check out that would be very helpful when beginning this search.

Genealogy online for dummies
How to do everything : Genealogy
Quillen’s Essentials of Genealogy : Tracing Your European Roots
Family photo detective : learn how to find genealogy clues in old photos and solve family photo mysteries
Troubleshooter’s Guide to Do-It-Yourself Genealogy

Another resource that might be of help is our Gale Online Courses which are six-week courses taught by professors and experts. These classes are free with your library card. A good place to start is our “Genealogy Basics” course, which introduces you to the basic concepts of research.

As always, if you have any more questions, please contact any of our librarians. We all would be happy to help you or to point you in the right direction. Hope to see you at the Symposium!

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November 2nd, 2015

Veterans Day

vetsEach November, the President signs a proclamation declaring November Military Family Appreciation Month. This is a time for us to acknowledge and honor the commitment the military family makes in service of our country. Wednesday, November 11 is Veterans Day, a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

When you visit the library this month take a look at our displays celebrating those who have served and their families. Our displays will highlight our Military Family Resource Collection. This special collection of adult, children and teen books, DVDs, and children’s learning resource kits are available to connect military members and military families with the materials they need to handle the unique challenges of military life. Resources include materials about deployment, families, women’s issues, relationships, re-entering civilian live, employment, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, job training, starting a business and more.

Cecil County Public Library, a 2015 recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, earned recognition because of our support to our veterans every day. With our Perryville Branch so close to Perry Point VA Medical Center, we help our veteran population is a variety of ways. We offer three veteran computer classes during the week. This time, specifically reserved for our veterans, provides an opportunity for them to learn computer skills to include basic mouse skills, internet basics and searching techniques, and email setup. With these skills our veterans are able to search and apply for jobs online. We also offer one-on-one opportunities for computer assistance to the general public, of which many veterans take advantage.

Check out our webpage Resources for Veterans and Military Families designed to help our veteran and their families connect with benefits and resources. Cecil County Public Library is available to veterans who need assistance connecting with their VA Benefits. A great place to start getting connected with VA benefits is by visiting the Maryland Department of Veteran Affairs website or by contacting the Maryland Department of Veteran Affairs Service Officer, Russ Biondo, at the State Office Building, 2 South Bond Street, 4th Floor, Bel Air, MD 21014 (410) 836-4900. The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs was created by the State Legislature in 1999 as an executive agency with the mission of assisting veterans, active duty service members, their families and dependents, in securing benefits earned through military service.

During the week of November 9th Cecil County Public Library will be honoring our veterans in a variety of ways. Stop by your local branch of the library on November 10th for light refreshments honoring our veterans and their families. Children will also have the opportunity to write a letter to an American Soldier, to thank them for their service.

Join us in honoring the sacrifices and contributions made by our veterans and the brave family members and loved ones of our service men and women.

Have you thanked a vet today?

“Our nation owes each day of security and freedom that we enjoy to the members of our Armed Forces and their families. Behind our brave service men and women, there are family members and loved ones who share in their sacrifice and provide unending support.” – President Obama