Family History

September 25th, 2017

Did you know that if you go back 10 generations in your family tree, you have 1,024 direct-line ancestors? If you were born in 1950 for example, ten generations will take you back to about 1700.

For some, researching their family tree helps them connect with the past and make sense of where they fit in the scheme of history. For others, genealogy is a deeply emotional experience as it helps them understand where they came from, who they are, and why they do the things they do.

Others find genealogy to be an invigorating game of detecting, piecing together clues from documents and family lore to figure out who, what, where, and when, sometimes even why!

Cecil County Public Library has plenty of resources if genealogy has piqued your interest. From books such as “How to do everything: Genealogy,” and “Family Photo Detective: Learn How to Find Genealogy Clues in Old Photos and Solve Family Photo Mysteries” to a free, six-week Gale Online course called Genealogy Basics. Taught by professor Bob Moyer, the class will increase understanding of the research process and the how to interpret the information. An especially valuable resource provided in this course is guidance through the search process for family names using several subscription-based Web sites, which you can access while you’re enrolled in the class.

Or maybe you have a box over-flowing with photos and want to digitize them? Through CCPL’s website you can access a Lynda.com course called “Organizing and Storing Digital Photos and Videos.” The genealogy database “Heritage Quest” is located under Digital Library tab of our website, click “Online Resources” and scroll to Genealogy.

Whether you’re just getting started or are a seasoned researcher, CCPL has the tools to travel your genealogical journey.


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Uncover Your Family History

October 28th, 2014

genealogyDid you know that if you go back 10 generations in your family tree, you have 1,024 direct-line ancestors? Ten generations may sound like a lot, but if you were born in 1950, ten generations may only bring you back to 1700 – a little over 300 years ago! Direct-line ancestors only include parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and so on, so each of those 1,024 people directly contributed to your existence.

For some, researching their family tree helps them connect with the past and make sense of where they fit in the scheme of history. For others, genealogy is a deeply emotional experience as it helps them understand where they came from, who they are, and why they do the things they do. Others find genealogy to be an invigorating game of detective, piecing together clues from documents and family lore to figure out who, what, where, and when, sometimes even why!

Whether you’re just getting started or are a seasoned researcher, the 3rd Annual Cecil County Genealogy Symposium at the Elkton Central Library on Saturday, November 8th is not to be missed. We are joined by keynote speaker James Beidler who is known on the national level for his expertise in German and Pennsylvania research.

9:00-9:30     Poster Sessions* and Registration
9:35-10:35     “Time and Place”: Using Genealogy’s “Cross Hairs” (James Beidler)
10:35-10:50     Break
10:50-11:40     Finding and Using Public Domain Books (Leah Youse)
11:45-12:00     Break
12:00-1:00     Letterpress to Digital: Historical Newspapers in Print, Microfilm, and Online (James Beidler)

*Discover the resources you have access to in our region at our poster session, a gathering of local historical and genealogical societies, including:

Upper Shore Genealogical Society of Maryland
Maryland State Archives
Maryland Department at the Enoch Pratt Free Library
Historical Society of Cecil County
Daughters of the American Revolution, Head of Elk Chapter
Delaware Genealogical Society
Family History Library

Be sure to reserve your spot at this popular event!

Sponsored by the Upper Shore Genealogical Society of Maryland

Photo courtesy the Library of Congress


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