Winter is a great excuse to stay inside and research your roots! The Local History and Genealogy Department, located on the 2nd Floor of the Covington branch, is sponsoring a variety of family history events in the upcoming months. The fourth Monday of each month, with the exception of December, is our Congenealogy meeting held at 6:30pm in Meeting Room 3. The meeting is open to everyone interested in local history and genealogy. Each month we have a speaker from the area presenting on a topic related to family and/or local history. Upcoming topics for February-April include using online resources to locate your ancestors, information on the Boone County Barn Quilt Tour, and a presentation on separating fact from fiction when it comes to family myths. For further information on Congenealogy, please visit the web page: https://www.kentonlibrary.org/genealogy/congenealogy.
For those of you interested in the architecture of Northern Kentucky, be sure to “tune in” for the “Grand Facades: 19th Century Architectural Styles in Northern Kentucky” Webinar on February 26 from 10am-11am. Kaira Simmons, Local History Associate, will help you identify architectural features and historic building styles of Northern Kentucky. The link to the webinar will be available through the events calendar on the day of the event.
If you are interested in Military History, you will certainly want to attend our Military Research Workshop on Saturday, March 21st, from 9am-4pm, in Meeting Room 1 of the Covington branch. Nationally-known genealogist and military records expert Craig Scott will provide information on how to research ancestors who served in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. Registration is required, so visit our web site or call 859-962-4070 to do so.
Want to spend a Saturday night locked in the Library with other researchers doing family research? On Saturday, April 25, from 6:00pm-11:00pm, we are sponsoring our biannual Evening with the Ancestors lock-in. This is a fun night of genealogy camaraderie and research! Pre-registration is required and limited to the first 50 registrants. You can register on our web site or by calling 859-962-4070.
In addition, the Local History and Genealogy Department offers a variety of genealogy and technology classes each month on the 2nd Floor of the Covington branch. Do you have a “Brick Wall” or want to get started with your family tree? If so, consider signing up for the One-on-One Genealogy Research Assistance. These one hour sessions are individual meetings with a member of the Local History & Genealogy staff, who will share strategies and the various resources available to assist with your research.
Have questions or want to learn more about current databases like Ancestry, Family Search, Faces and Places, etc.? Consider signing up for one of our Genealogy Tech sessions. These one hour classes provide background, how-to-tips, shortcuts, and research strategies for getting the most from the various genealogy databases and web sites available today.
Remember all of these programs are free and open to anyone with an interest in genealogy or local history. If you have questions about upcoming Local History and Genealogy programs, need to register for a specific class or program, or want to learn more about the department and collections, visit our web site or give the staff at a call at 859-962-4070.
Bill Stolz is the Kentucky History Librarian with the Local History and Genealogy Department at the Covington branch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org