Learn to construct your family tree


Registration is now open for the Jackson County Public Library’s free Genealogy for Beginners class.

The class will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Seymour Library, 303 W. Second St. There is a limit of 12 seats in the program sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration is preferred by going to myjclibrary.org/events or calling the library at 812-523-4636.

Led by Janet Hensen, information services assistant, students will learn how to construct their family trees. Each person should bring the names of relatives with their birth and death dates and pictures, if possible.

This program is in preparation for the coming 2016 Indiana and Jackson County bicentennial celebrations and October’s Family History Month.

On Oct. 10, genealogist Michael Lacopo will present two genealogy programs at the Seymour Library. Lacopo is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities through a grant to Indiana Humanities.

The first session from 10 to 11:30 a.m. is “Finding Treasures in the Hoosier Courthouse: Dig Deeper to Find Your Ancestors.” Attendees will learn to go beyond vital records and deeds and dig deeper to find their Hoosier ancestors.

The second program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. is “More Than the Census: Our Families Did Exist Between Those Ten-Year Intervals!” This lecture will show the researcher the importance of identifying the whereabouts of ancestors in as many records as possible.

Registration is preferred by Oct. 8.

The last program in this series is a Courthouse Records Tour from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 15 at the Jackson County Courthouse, 111 S. Main. St., Brownstown.

Former county historian and current county genealogist Charlotte Sellers will lead the tour. There is a limit of six participants, and registration is required by Oct. 8.

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