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Monday, Oct. 1, starts Family History Month!
In the past October has been officially proclaimed a month for celebrating family
history; recently, it’s become an unofficial celebration among genealogy researchers
So let the celebration begin! Family Tree Magazine has ideas for you to mark
Family History month on our
Family History Month resources page (it includes our free Discover Your Roots
It’s a great time to find classes and presentations at genealogy libraries and societies
near you—many free or for a small fee. Check the website of your local library or
society or call to ask about special events. Be sure to register for the event if
Here’s a sampling of Family History Month events across the country. Feel free to
click Comments below and tell us about events you know of:
Chicago: The Newberry Library is holding presentations and genealogy workshops
throughout the month, including free help with lookups in the Daughters of the American
Revolution genealogy database on Oct. 26. See
the library’s list of Family History Month events here.
Cincinnati: The public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will hold
a Day with the Experts on Saturday, Oct. 6, with genealogy tours, a Researching Your
Civil War Online class, consultations with experts and a presentation on Cincinnati’s
legendary military officer Gen. William Haines Lytle. For more details, call (513)
369-6905 or email email@example.com.
Conroe, Texas: The Montgomery County Library will have a Genealogy Basics Boot
Camp Oct. 10, a Get Your research into Shape session on Oct. 20, and more. Here’s
the library’s October events calendar; hover over a listing to learn more about
Fort Myers, Fla.: The Fort Myers-Lee County Public Library is holding a Family
History Month Series on Saturdays in October covering topics such as tracking your
research, using courthouse records, finding censuses and substitutes and using immigration
here to find out more.
Fort Wayne, Ind.: Of course the biggest public genealogy library in the country,
the Allen County Library, is celebrating with classes on cemetery research, state
and regional research, census research, photograph analysis, brick wall research and
more. The library’s Genealogy Center also will have extended research hours on Oct.
more and download a class schedule here.
Oakland, Calif.: The African-American Genealogical Society of Northern California
and the Oakland FamilySearch Center are holding a Black Family History Day Oct. 13
from 1 to 5 p.m. at the FamilySearch Center. Click
here to learn more about the event (including how to register for a free family
Santa Barbara, Calif.: The Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society has classes
all month long, including a Genealogy and DNA workshop (Oct. 5 at 10 a.m.) and Beginning
Genealogy (Oct. 8 at 10 a.m.). Registration is required, with a fee for nonmembers.
You also can go to free open houses on Sept. 30 and Oct. 13, 14, 20 and 27. To learn
more, go to the society’s website and
click READ HERE to download a PDF listing the events.
Tucson, Ariz.: The Pima County Genealogy Society and the Pima County Public
Library are teaming up to offer family tree workshops at the library throughout October. See
the dates and times here.
Vermilion, Ohio: Ritter Public Library is holding genealogy classes on researching
a house history (Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.), creating a computerized family photo project (Oct.
27 at 10 a.m.) and getting started (Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m.). Learn
more on the library’s blog.