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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September 14th, 2015

Zane Campbell


Are you interested in local history?


Does an afternoon of bluegrass music sounds like the perfect way to pass the time?


If you answered yes to either of those questions, join us on October 3rd from 2-3 PM at the Elkton Central library, to hear the music and stories of Zane Campbell, a local bluegrass artist and the nephew of the late local bluegrass legend, Ola Belle Reed.


Zane will be giving an hour long performance where he will play his songs, and tell the stories behind those songs. Spend some time immersing yourself in his music, while gaining a deeper appreciation for our area and the history behind it.


If you want to learn more about the Campbell family and Ola Belle Reed, there are many resources available for you to do so. The library has Zane’s CD, as well as Ola Belle’s CDs and her book, My Epitaph; A Documentary in Song and Lyric.


In addition to the library resources, a new book about Ola Belle Reed has recently been released from Dust to Digital and gives an in-depth look at her life and includes 58 newly-remastered recording and texts.


We hope to see you there!


What’s your favorite bluegrass song?

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