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Ancestry Basics

March 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Saturday, March 23 at 2:00pm, join Norton Shores Library for the workshop Ancestry Basics!  This is an introduction to two essential genealogy record groups: US census and vital records (birth, death, marriage).  Discover the rich family detail these sources can contain and get hands-on experience using the Muskegon Area District Library’s newest online genealogy resource: Ancestry.com.  While the questions in U.S. census records varied from year to year, you can find information like names of other household members, ages, birthplaces, residence, occupation, immigration and citizenship details, marriage information, military service and more.  Vital records can provide details about important milestones in your ancestors’ lives.  They can include information like the event date and place, parents’ names, occupation and residence.  The cause of death is also included in many death records.  Vital records are a cornerstone of family history research because they were typically created at or near the time of the event, making the record more likely to be accurate.  Bring family names and dates to help you get started.  There will be some laptops available or you may bring your own laptop or tablet.  For more information call (231) 780-8844.