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Finding Your Roots: A Genealogy Course

2019-01-24 11:00:00 2019-01-24 12:00:00 America/New_York Finding Your Roots: A Genealogy Course Come join us for this eight week genealogy research series which will cover an introduction to genealogy as well as an overview of the core records groups and concepts. West Oaks Branch Library and Genealogy Center

Thursday, January 24
11:00am - 12:00pm

Add to Calendar 2019-01-24 11:00:00 2019-01-24 12:00:00 America/New_York Finding Your Roots: A Genealogy Course Come join us for this eight week genealogy research series which will cover an introduction to genealogy as well as an overview of the core records groups and concepts. West Oaks Branch Library and Genealogy Center

Come join us for this eight week genealogy research series which will cover an introduction to genealogy as well as an overview of the core records groups and concepts.

Come join us for this eight week genealogy research series which will include an introduction to genealogy as well as an overview of the key records groups used by genealogists.

Feel free to attend all eight sessions or pick and choose the ones that are most helpful to you.

Genealogy, The Very Basics - Thursday, January 10th at 11:00 AM

So you want to learn more about your family history but don’t know where to begin? This program will introduce you to genealogical terms and techniques. Learn how to complete an ancestor chart and how to garner information from living relatives and household sources. A very brief discussion of sources that can be used for family history research will also be covered.

Discovering U.S. Census Records - Thursday, January 17th at 11:00 AM

The United States Federal Census has been conducted every 10 years beginning in 1790. Come learn about what information is contained in each of the censuses and discover how to use all of the various bits of information from the census as clues to further your research.

Using Vital Records - Thursday, January 24th at 11:00 AM

Births, Marriages, and Deaths are important pieces of information for your family history. Become familiar with the key sources for locating your ancestors’ vital records and discover a few workarounds when the records you need aren’t available.

 

Digging Up Land Records - Thursday, January 31st at 11:00 AM

Land records are often an underutilized resource for genealogy. Come learn about deeds, mortgages, platting, and surveys. Discover the difference between metes and bounds states and public land record states. Uncover how land records can help you jumpstart your research.

 

Estates, Wills, and Probate Records - Thursday, February 7th at 11:00 AM

Learn what these records are, where they are located, and how to best utilize them in your family history research. Topics to be discussed will include wills, indexes, estate inventories, newspaper notices, bonds, settlements, and guardianships.

 

Journey through Immigration Records - Thursday, February 14th at 11:00 AM

Immigration records are an incredibly rich source of information for the family historian. See how to learn more about your family’s history by using passenger lists, passports, alien registration cards, and naturalization records. A brief overview of the laws that caused the creation of these records will also be presented.

 

Exploring Church and Cemetery Records - Thursday, February 21st at 11:00 AM

Church and cemetery records are a strong source of information for births, marriages and deaths especially in the period before the civil registration of vital statistics. Discover what type of information is contained in these records, how to access them, and how they can help enhance your family history research.

 

Marching through Military Records - Thursday, February 28th at 11:00 AM

Military records have been created throughout our history regardless of whether or not there was a war being waged. Come learn how these records can help you to uncover information on your ancestor see how they can provide evidence into family relationships.

West Oaks Branch Library and Genealogy Center

Phone: 407-835-7323

Hours
Mon, Aug 19 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Aug 20 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Aug 21 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Aug 22 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Aug 23 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sat, Aug 24 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Aug 25 1:00PM to 6:00PM

About the branch

LYNX Bus Link 125 Silver Star Rd.
LYNX Bus Link 27 Ocoee / Winter Garden

The construction of the West Oaks Branch was funded by the Library System and a Florida Library Construction Grant.

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Upcoming events

Mon, Aug 19, 10:15am - 10:45am
Sarchet Community Room
The use of picture books, songs and told stories will encourage your child to read, talk, sing, write and play.

Mon, Aug 19, 10:45am - 11:05am
Sarchet Community Room
The use of picture books, finger plays, songs and flannel board stories will encourage the development of verbal and listening skills for this active age group.

Mon, Aug 19, 11:15am - 11:35am
Sarchet Community Room
The rhythm and repetition of nursery rhymes are used to introduce very young children to literature. Hold your child in your lap and enjoy this special time together.

Mon, Aug 19, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Identify the basic features and tools to get you started. Learn how to create a presentation by using templates, text, and picture files.
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Mon, Aug 19, 1:45pm - 2:45pm
West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Capture your audience attention with a visually compelling presentation. Learn how to insert and customize SmartArt graphics, tables, charts and video.
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Mon, Aug 19, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Sarchet Community Room
Start crocheting today! Learn to chain and single crochet to create your first project.
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Tue, Aug 20, 10:30am - 11:30am
West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Learn publication concepts and terminology. Become familiar with the environment and explore pre-defined templates, formatting options and adding business information.

Tue, Aug 20, 11:00am - 11:45am
Sarchet Community Room
From apples to oranges, and everything yummy in between, play and discover with stories, crafts and activities all about fruit! Recommended for toddlers and preschoolers.

Tue, Aug 20, 11:45am - 12:45pm
West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Learn how to work with master pages, headers and footers, and how to customize your publications. Recommended Audience: Adult

Tue, Aug 20, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Sarchet Community Room
This genealogy research series focuses on researching European ancestors. Whichever country your ancestors are from, come learn about types of documents available and research strategies to utilize.

Tue, Aug 20, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Are you stuck on a software-related project or simply need constructive ideas to get you started? Let us help! A technology trainer will be available to assist you in this open lab.

Tue, Aug 20, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Add new stitches to your repertoire! Crochet a bookmark with the double and half double crochet stitches.

Tue, Aug 20, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
Learn how to mix up a delicious snack as we head back to school! Recommended for upper elementary, tween and teens. Registration required.

Tue, Aug 20, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
Join other new English speakers for conversational English practice. A certified instructor with A.L.L. will facilitate. Presented in partnership between OCLS & the Adult Literacy League, Inc.

Wed, Aug 21, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Sarchet Community Room
Fraud specialists will provide information on senior scams. Recommended. To register call Mike Flahaven at 407-340-5291 or visit yourfloridahaven.com under the Smarter Senior Seminar Series.Register

Wed, Aug 21, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Create awesome photo mash-ups in Adobe Photoshop! Learn how to use basic tools, brushes, and the concepts of layers and background removal.

Wed, Aug 21, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Sarchet Community Room
Science! Technology! Engineering! Art! Math! Storytime! Gather the family to listen to a story and work together on a STEAM based project. Recommended for lower and upper elementary and families.

Wed, Aug 21, 5:15pm - 7:15pm
West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Contribute your crochet and knitting talents to the annual Yarnfiti Community Art Project. Join us in crafting an undersea paradise out of yarn complete with undersea plants, animals and corals.

Wed, Aug 21, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Sarchet Community Room
This week is Chapter 10: Correlating Documentary and DNA Evidence to Identify an Unknown Ancestor by Patricia Lee Hobbs, CG from the book Advanced Genetic Genealogy by Debbie Parker Wayne, Editor.

Thu, Aug 22, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
Explore the rich research resources and collections that are held in a variety of archives and repositories in the Keystone state. Discover what records are available and how to use them.

Thu, Aug 22, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Learn Internet concepts and terminology. Become familiar with Web browsers while surfing the Web.

Thu, Aug 22, 1:45pm - 2:45pm
West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Learn about search engines and search techniques to help you find exactly what you are looking for on the Web.

Thu, Aug 22, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
Learn American Sign Language! During the progressive, four-week course, instructors will cover the manual alphabet, numbers, and more. Presented by ASL Services, Inc. Registration required.

Thu, Aug 22, 6:30pm - 8:15pm
Sarchet Community Room
Writing for Beginners is designed to introduce learners to the basics of English grammar by focusing on the parts of speech, the organization of sentences, and vocabulary building.

Fri, Aug 23, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Sarchet Community Room
Ever wanted to make your own custom clothes, home decor, costumes or accessories? Join us in this basic sewing class and learn about sewing safety, basic sewing machine skills and stitching seams.

Fri, Aug 23, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
Does the idea of sewing a zipper steer you away from projects? Let us help you tackle zippers head-on with confidence!
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Sat, Aug 24, 11:30am - 1:00pm
West Oaks - Children's Area
Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to a lovable, furry listener. Be An Angel Therapy Dogs Ministry presents this reading program for children with certified therapy dogs.

Sat, Aug 24, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
Scrapbook, journal, cookbook, planner? Bring your creativity and explore all the possibilities of altered books. Feel free to bring embellishments, recipes, or photos to personalize your creation.

Sun, Aug 25, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
Join us for an all-levels FREE yoga class! Yoga is a great way to improve the health of your body and mind. Step out of your comfort zone and join us for an experience you won't forget!

Mon, Aug 26, 10:15am - 10:45am
Sarchet Community Room
The use of picture books, songs and told stories will encourage your child to read, talk, sing, write and play.

Mon, Aug 26, 10:45am - 11:05am
Sarchet Community Room
The use of picture books, finger plays, songs and flannel board stories will encourage the development of verbal and listening skills for this active age group.

Mon, Aug 26, 11:15am - 11:35am
Sarchet Community Room
The rhythm and repetition of nursery rhymes are used to introduce very young children to literature. Hold your child in your lap and enjoy this special time together.

Mon, Aug 26, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
Build a custom quilt block by block. Join us each month for a new design, come for one class or take them all. At the end of the year you will have a complete project perfect for keeping warm.

Mon, Aug 26, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Sarchet Community Room
Come to the Sewing Studio at the Orlando Public Library and bring your sewing projects. All the tools are here for you. Participants are required to bring their own patterns and materials.

Tue, Aug 27, 11:00am - 11:45am
Sarchet Community Room
Bienvenue à la bibliothèque! Welcome to the library! Learn about France through stories and crafts inspired by Leslie Kimmelman’s Everybody Bonjours!. À bientôt! See you soon!

Tue, Aug 27, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Sarchet Community Room
This genealogy research series focuses on researching European ancestors. Whichever country your ancestors are from, come learn about types of documents available and research strategies to utilize.

Tue, Aug 27, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
Whisk off with us to the Medieval time period! Compete in a knightly tournament of skills and create crafts fit for a king or queen. Recommended for lower and upper elementary.

Tue, Aug 27, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
Join other new English speakers for conversational English practice. A certified instructor with A.L.L. will facilitate. Presented in partnership between OCLS & the Adult Literacy League, Inc.

Wed, Aug 28, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Design a personalized sign for your room! Learn how to properly use the mouse to move pictures to drag and drop and use the keyboard to type in Microsoft Word.

Wed, Aug 28, 5:15pm - 7:15pm
West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Contribute your crochet and knitting talents to the annual Yarnfiti Community Art Project. Join us in crafting an undersea paradise out of yarn complete with undersea plants, animals and corals.

Wed, Aug 28, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Sarchet Community Room
This week is Chapter 11: Writing about, Documenting, and Publishing DNA Test Results by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL from the book Advanced Genetic Genealogy by Debbie Parker Wayne, Editor.

Thu, Aug 29, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
This program will introduce you to genealogical terms, techniques, and sources. Learn helpful suggestions on how you can begin to research your family's story.

Thu, Aug 29, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Create a free email account. Learn how to navigate the environment, including the Inbox, the Reading pane, and the Compose area.

Thu, Aug 29, 1:45pm - 2:45pm
West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Learn how to compose and send email messages with attachments. Become familiar with replying and forwarding messages.

Thu, Aug 29, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
Learn American Sign Language! During the progressive, four-week course, instructors will cover the manual alphabet, numbers, and more. Presented by ASL Services, Inc. Registration required.

Thu, Aug 29, 6:30pm - 8:15pm
Sarchet Community Room
Writing for Beginners is designed to introduce learners to the basics of English grammar by focusing on the parts of speech, the organization of sentences, and vocabulary building.

Fri, Aug 30, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Sarchet Community Room
Ever wanted to make your own custom clothes, home decor, costumes or accessories? Join us in this basic sewing class and learn about sewing safety, basic sewing machine skills and stitching seams.

Fri, Aug 30, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
Give your loved ones a handmade fabric envelope for your personal greeting card or letter as the perfect gift for any occasion. Age: Adults
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Sat, Aug 31, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Sarchet Community Room
Learn about the origins of calligraphy and get introduced to some materials used to create it. Practice using this form of writing to create endless projects. Registration required.
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Tue, Sep 03, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
Yoga helps to develop focus and concentration, practice good posture, clear the mind and strengthen the mind–body connection. Recommended for families.

Tue, Sep 03, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
This genealogy research series focuses on researching European ancestors. Whichever country your ancestors are from, come learn about types of documents available and research strategies to utilize.

Tue, Sep 03, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
There is more to superheroes than what meets the eye. Explore the science behind their powers through hands-on activities that will transform your mind! Recommended for lower and upper elementary.

Tue, Sep 03, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
Join other new English speakers for conversational English practice. A certified instructor with A.L.L. will facilitate. Presented in partnership between OCLS & the Adult Literacy League, Inc.

Wed, Sep 04, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Sarchet Community Room
Participate in our group discussion workshop. Sharpen your genealogy skills by sharing your research questions. Please e-mail genealogy@ocls.info to submit your research question.

Thu, Sep 05, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
So you want to learn more about your family history but don’t know where to begin? This program will introduce you to genealogical terms and techniques.

Thu, Sep 05, 6:30pm - 8:15pm
Sarchet Community Room
Writing for Beginners is designed to introduce learners to the basics of English grammar by focusing on the parts of speech, the organization of sentences, and vocabulary building.

Sun, Sep 08, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
Join us for an all-levels FREE yoga class! Yoga is a great way to improve the health of your body and mind. Step out of your comfort zone and join us for an experience you won't forget!

Mon, Sep 09, 10:15am - 10:45am
Sarchet Community Room
The use of picture books, songs and told stories will encourage your child to read, talk, sing, write and play.

Mon, Sep 09, 10:45am - 11:05am
Sarchet Community Room
The use of picture books, finger plays, songs and flannel board stories will encourage the development of verbal and listening skills for this active age group.

Mon, Sep 09, 11:15am - 11:35am
Sarchet Community Room
The rhythm and repetition of nursery rhymes are used to introduce very young children to literature. Hold your child in your lap and enjoy this special time together.

Tue, Sep 10, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
Learn about Hispanic foods while you mash, spread and roll a delicioso Mexican inspired dish. Registration required. Recommended for preschoolers.

Tue, Sep 10, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
How many hairs are on your head? What happens when you eat pizza? By exploring the human body with hands-on activities & stories we can find out the answers to these questions and more!

Tue, Sep 10, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
Join other new English speakers for conversational English practice. A certified instructor with A.L.L. will facilitate. Presented in partnership between OCLS & the Adult Literacy League, Inc.

Thu, Sep 12, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
Come learn about what information is contained in each of the censuses and discover how to use all of the various bits of information from the census as clues to further your research.

Thu, Sep 12, 6:30pm - 8:15pm
Sarchet Community Room
Writing for Beginners is designed to introduce learners to the basics of English grammar by focusing on the parts of speech, the organization of sentences, and vocabulary building.

Sat, Sep 14, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Sarchet Community Room
Learn about African American History, Heritage and Genealogy.

Sat, Sep 14, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
Relax by creating your own calming jar. Calming jars serve as simple meditation tools that you can use daily.

Sun, Sep 15, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
Bring your friends and learn about animals from every corner of the world. Enjoy fun stories, activities and crafts. Recommended for preschoolers.

Mon, Sep 16, 10:15am - 10:45am
Sarchet Community Room
The use of picture books, songs and told stories will encourage your child to read, talk, sing, write and play.

Mon, Sep 16, 10:45am - 11:05am
Sarchet Community Room
The use of picture books, finger plays, songs and flannel board stories will encourage the development of verbal and listening skills for this active age group.

Mon, Sep 16, 11:15am - 11:35am
Sarchet Community Room
The rhythm and repetition of nursery rhymes are used to introduce very young children to literature. Hold your child in your lap and enjoy this special time together.

Tue, Sep 17, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
Visit the farm with chick and his barnyard friends for a fun adventure full of stories, activities and more! Recommended for preschoolers.

Tue, Sep 17, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage with a salsa tasting, salsa dancing and spicy games! Recommended for upper elementary, tweens and teens.

Tue, Sep 17, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
Join other new English speakers for conversational English practice. A certified instructor with A.L.L. will facilitate. Presented in partnership between OCLS & the Adult Literacy League, Inc.

Wed, Sep 18, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Sarchet Community Room
Create greatness with one single scoop! The challenge is on so let's see what you can build! Bricks for play will be provided but cannot go home with you.

Wed, Sep 18, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Sarchet Community Room
Join us for this dual topic DNA night as we explore the meaning behind haplogroups and discuss how to work with a surname project.