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Finding Your Roots: A Genealogy Course

2018-02-15 11:00:00 2018-02-15 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, February 15
11:00am - 12:00pm

Add to Calendar 2018-02-15 11:00:00 2018-02-15 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 11th 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 18th 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 25th 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, February 1st 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 8th 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 15th 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 22nd 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, March 1st 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, Dec 10 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Dec 11 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Dec 12 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Dec 13 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Dec 14 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sat, Dec 15 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Dec 16 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

Sarchet Community Room
Sat, Dec 15, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Warm up your creativity with fun stories and crafts. Recommended for lower and upper elementary.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Sat, Dec 15, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Keep your drink warm and your hands comfortable with a custom cozy for your favorite mug. Practice crocheting single stitch in the round while creating a custom cozy for your favorite mug.
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Sarchet Community Room
Sun, Dec 16, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Learn about the flavors in Indian foods

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Dec 17, 10:15am - 10:45am
The use of picture books, songs and told stories will encourage your child to read, talk, sing, write and play.

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Dec 17, 10:45am - 11:05am
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.

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Dec 17, 11:15am - 11:35am
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.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Mon, Dec 17, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Learn basic tips on how to maintain your computer system using various system tools and how to secure your system from viruses and spyware.

Rescheduled
Mon, Dec 17, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
New date Monday, December 10, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
All are welcome to participate meet new people and make friends while playing educational board games and learning about library resources.  

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Mon, Dec 17, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Learn Internet concepts and terminology. Become familiar with Web browsers while surfing the Web.

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Dec 17, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
All Aboard the Polar Express!

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Mon, Dec 17, 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Learn about search engines and search techniques to help you find exactly what you are looking for on the Web.

Sarchet Community Room
Tue, Dec 18, 11:00am - 12:00pm
So you want to learn more about your family's history but don't know where to begin?

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Tue, Dec 18, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Edit your video faster and more accurately with Adobe Premiere. Split and trim video clips with precision directly in the Timeline. Add built-in effects, transitions, and titles to your film.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Tue, Dec 18, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Create logos, advertisements, marketing flyers and other illustrations with ease using vector tools. Learn to draw and manipulate simple and custom shapes, brush strokes, and text in unique ways.

Sarchet Community Room
Tue, Dec 18, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season with festive stories. Storyteller Bill Cordell will convey charming stories of the season. Click for more information.

Sarchet Community Room
Tue, Dec 18, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Frosting, sprinkles, candy and cookies…what more could you want!? Stop in and express your creativity by decorating a sugary treat. Then enjoy the best part of all, eating it! Registration required.
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West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Tue, Dec 18, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Have a new tablet or smartphone, but not sure how to use it? Let us get you started with the basics, so you become more familiar with your personal device. Recommended Audience: Adult

Sarchet Community Room
Wed, Dec 19, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Get ready for winter by making your very own trendy winter hat. This project is great for gift giving as well. Required Prerequisite: Intro to the Sewing Machine. Age: Adults.

West Oaks - Ask at Desk
Wed, Dec 19, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids, want to learn how to hand sew? We'll provide everything that you need, just bring yourself.

Sarchet Community Room
Wed, Dec 19, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Sharpen your genealogy skills and learn about resources by sharing your research questions.

Sarchet Community Room
Thu, Dec 20, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Join us for our genetic genealogy study group and learn how DNA test results can help to confirm, extend, and deepen your genealogical research. Registration Required.
Registration is now closed

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Thu, Dec 20, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Learn the basic features of QuickBooks Pro and how it can be used to organize your business or personal finances. Explore the environment and master the basic concepts of balance sheet.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Thu, Dec 20, 12:45pm - 2:15pm
Learn how to setup a new company profile including the Vendor Center, Customer Center and adding Items. Recommended Audience: Adult

Sarchet Community Room
Thu, Dec 20, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
4-3-2-1! Winter is coming soon! Help us get ready for winter with fun stories, activities and crafts starring some of our favorite cold weather friends. Recommended for preschoolers.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Thu, Dec 20, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Custom design your greeting cards with graphics and text. Become familiar with the Publisher environment, explore pre-defined templates and formatting options.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Fri, Dec 21, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Learn how to record different types of business transactions such as posting accounts payable and accounts receivable. Also, generate financial reports for your company. Recommended Audience: Adult

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Fri, Dec 21, 12:45pm - 2:15pm
Learn how to add new employees, enter timesheets, setup employee benefits, setup payroll items, pay employees, process payroll forms, and process payroll reports in QuickBooks.

Sarchet Community Room
Fri, Dec 21, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Stockings are a must-have for the holidays. Use a pattern and your imagination to create a custom stocking for yourself or as a gift. Learn some basic lining and cuff sewing techniques. Age: Adults

West Oaks - Children's Area
Sat, Dec 22, 11:30am - 1:00pm
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.

Sarchet Community Room
Sat, Dec 22, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Join in the savings! Become a savvy saver by sharing coupons and savings tips at this monthly meeting. This month we will also be including a small craft.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Wed, Dec 26, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Start using Excel today. Input, format and save data in spreadsheets. Calculate data with basic formulas.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Wed, Dec 26, 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Calculate data with basic functions SUM and AVERAGE. Use auto features including auto and flash fill to streamline your workflow.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Wed, Dec 26, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Display your data in stunning charts and graphs. Insert recommended and custom charts. Edit chart data, elements and styles. Recommended Audience: Adult

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Wed, Dec 26, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Loom knit colorful bracelets. Learn how to create a cardboard loom and knit a unique bracelet. No experience necessary.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Thu, Dec 27, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Analyze data with COUNT functions and recommended charts. Use absolute and relative references to ensure your data is calculated accurately. Recommended Audience: Adult

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Thu, Dec 27, 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Format workbooks with frozen panes, headers and themes. Customize worksheets with sheet names, color coding and hidden sheets. Print your data for perfect reports and presentations.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Thu, Dec 27, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Calculate your data with formulas and functions. Use the Function Library to find the best fit for your project. Insert financial, logical, lookup, math and text functions.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Thu, Dec 27, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Do you already use Excel, but get stuck at times? Need some guidance to help you along? Let us help! A technology trainer will be available to assist you in this open lab for Microsoft Excel.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Fri, Dec 28, 11:00am - 12:00pm
How can I control what content I see and who sees my posts? What's the difference between a News Feed and a Timeline?

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Fri, Dec 28, 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Learn how to create an easy to use website where you can publish your thoughts, comments or pictures so you can share with family and friends. Recommended Audience: Adult

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Fri, Dec 28, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Learn how to create a flowchart to show the sequence of actions within a process of a project or an organizational chart by using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Recommended Audience: Adult

Sarchet Community Room
Fri, Jan 04, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Join us in this basic sewing class and learn about sewing safety, basic sewing machine skills and stitching seams. This is a 2-part class. Ages. Adults.

Sarchet Community Room
Fri, Jan 04, 12:45pm - 2:15pm
Join us in the 2nd part of this 2-part Introduction to the Sewing Machine class. Ages. Adults.

Sarchet Community Room
Sat, Jan 05, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Get tips on how to fix a broken chain, flat tire and more!

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Jan 07, 10:15am - 10:45am
The use of picture books, songs and told stories will encourage your child to read, talk, sing, write and play.

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Jan 07, 10:45am - 11:05am
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.

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Jan 07, 11:15am - 11:35am
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.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Mon, Jan 07, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Want to trace your family history? Learn tips and tricks on how to find information by exploring the HeritageQuest Online database offered free at the library. #genealogy

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Jan 07, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Give your loved ones a handmade fabric envelope for your personal greeting card or letter as the perfect gift for any occasion. Age: Adults

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Mon, Jan 07, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Learn how to properly place your hands on the keyboard and enhance your typing skills by using the Web-based TypingMaster program.

Sarchet Community Room
Tue, Jan 08, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Yay...Yoga for Kids!

Sarchet Community Room
Tue, Jan 08, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Come to the library and enjoy a story or activity as our talented library storytellers entertain ages 18 and up! Each branch will have a unique storytime. Click for more information.

Sarchet Community Room
Tue, Jan 08, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Do you have what it takes to be a Viking? Find out at this fun and history filled program. Recommended for lower and upper elementary.

Sarchet Community Room
Wed, Jan 09, 11:00am - 1:30pm
Impress your family and friends with this handmade mini tote bag. These make for the perfect gift for any occasion. Age: Adults

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Wed, Jan 09, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Have fun playing games that can help you speed up your typing skills and learn how to position your hands on the keyboard like a pro!

Sarchet Community Room
Wed, Jan 09, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for our genetic genealogy study group and learn how DNA test results can help to confirm, extend, and deepen your genealogical research. Registration Required.

Sarchet Community Room
Thu, Jan 10, 11:00am - 12:00pm
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.

Sarchet Community Room
Thu, Jan 10, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join other new English speakers for conversational English practice each Thursday at the West Oaks Branch Library and Genealogy Center.

Sarchet Community Room
Fri, Jan 11, 11:00am - 1:30pm
Would you like to create a stylish pouch that includes a zipper? Come learn how to make one from start to finish in this easy sewing class! Ages: Adults

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

Sarchet Community Room
Sat, Jan 12, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Scrapbook, journal, cookbook, planner? Bring your creativity and explore all the possibilities of altered books.

Sarchet Community Room
Sun, Jan 13, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
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! 

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Jan 14, 10:15am - 10:45am
The use of picture books, songs and told stories will encourage your child to read, talk, sing, write and play.

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Jan 14, 10:45am - 11:05am
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.

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Jan 14, 11:15am - 11:35am
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.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Mon, Jan 14, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Want to trace your family history? Learn tips and tricks on how to find information by exploring the Ancestry Library Edition database offered free at the library. #genealogy

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Jan 14, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Build a custom quilt block by block. Join us each month for a new design. At the end of the year you will have a complete project perfect for keeping warm. Age: Adults