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Finding Your Roots: A Genealogy Course

2018-02-22 11:00:00 2018-02-22 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 22
11:00am - 12:00pm

Add to Calendar 2018-02-22 11:00:00 2018-02-22 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, Feb 19 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Feb 20 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Feb 21 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Feb 22 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Feb 23 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sat, Feb 24 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Feb 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.

Genealogy Center Blog

Learn about the Genealogy Collection!

Upcoming events

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Thu, Feb 22, 10:15am - 11:15am
Turn scanned drawings into sleek vector graphics. Apply several design techniques and use common editing tools to trace and color artwork as well as manage objects and layers.

Sarchet Community Room
Thu, Feb 22, 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.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Thu, Feb 22, 11:45am - 12:45pm
Design professional-looking stationery using Adobe Illustrator. Create and arrange text and image assets and use masks, transparency, and blending modes to create eye-catching designs.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Thu, Feb 22, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Build your business logo using graphic design theory for concepts, color, and font choices. Learn the basics of designing a business logo using vector graphics tools.

Sarchet Community Room
Thu, Feb 22, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Discover the joys of imagination with everyday items. Little ones will make the ordinary into extraordinary! Ages 2–4.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Thu, Feb 22, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Create create eye-catching designs and learn how to correct image imperfections using a large array of tools and filters.

Sarchet Community Room
Thu, Feb 22, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Come enjoy craft therapy by painting wine glasses. All supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own wine glasses if you wish. Seating is limited. Registration is required.
This event is full

West Oaks - Ask at Desk
Fri, Feb 23, 10:00am - 2:00pm
AARP Volunteers will provide free income tax assistance. Attendees will be seen on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please visit aarp.org/taxaide.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Fri, Feb 23, 10:30am - 11:30am
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.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Fri, Feb 23, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Learn how to build your own website. Start with WordPress, which offers lots of options for skinning your site the way you want it.

Sarchet Community Room
Fri, Feb 23, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
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.
This event is full

West Oaks - Children's Area
Sat, Feb 24, 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
Sun, Feb 25, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Future world leaders! Let's look at past leaders and the awesome qualities they all have in common. Come for activities, stories, and discussion about what it takes to make a good leader. Ages 6–12.

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Feb 26, 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, Feb 26, 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, Feb 26, 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.

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Feb 26, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
During this 4-week program, students will meet weekly to prepare for the U.S. Naturalization (Citizenship) Test and Interview.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Tue, Feb 27, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Learn Internet concepts and terminology. Become familiar with Web browsers while surfing the Web.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Tue, Feb 27, 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Learn about search engines and search techniques to help you find exactly what you are looking for.

Sarchet Community Room
Tue, Feb 27, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Why should kids have all the fun? Come to the library and enjoy a story or activity as our talented library storytellers entertain ages 18 and up! Click for more details.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Tue, Feb 27, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Learn the basics of using an Android smartphone. Including topics such as navigation, messaging, display & sound, notifications/pull-down bar, calls & contacts features, and apps & Google Play Store.

Sarchet Community Room
Tue, Feb 27, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this month’s Cuisine Corner Junior event. Experience fondue fun while getting creative with chocolate covered treats! Ages 8–18. Registration required.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Tue, Feb 27, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
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.

Sarchet Community Room
Wed, Feb 28, 11:00am - 2:30pm
Take the fashion world by storm and learn to sew your own trendy wallet!

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Wed, Feb 28, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Bring your ideas to life. Draw and animate shapes in Microsoft PowerPoint. Combine shapes into pictures, then use simple formatting, transition and animation tools to bring them to life.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Wed, Feb 28, 4:45pm - 5:45pm
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
Wed, Feb 28, 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.
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Sarchet Community Room
Thu, Mar 01, 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, Mar 01, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Celebrate the world of Dr. Seuss with carnival-style fun filled with whimsical stories, activities and more! Ages 2–4.

West Oaks - Ask at Desk
Fri, Mar 02, 10:00am - 2:00pm
AARP Volunteers will provide free income tax assistance. Attendees will be seen on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please visit aarp.org/taxaide.

Sarchet Community Room
Fri, Mar 02, 11:00am - 1:00pm
We will teach you everything you need to know to start sewing like a pro. Learn to sew a pillowcase from start to finish using professional patterns, fabric and sewing machines .
This event is full

Sarchet Community Room
Fri, Mar 02, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Are you stuck on a sewing project? Do you need help with a pattern, quilt or garment? Do you simply need to practice your new sewing skills?

Sarchet Community Room
Sun, Mar 04, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Grab those shopping lists! It is time to sort, count and experiment with all things food. Ages 2–4.

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Mar 05, 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, Mar 05, 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, Mar 05, 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.

Sarchet Community Room
Tue, Mar 06, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Step into the lives of these courageous, strong and persistent women by joining us for a Women’s History Month mini-movie festival! 

Sarchet Community Room
Tue, Mar 06, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Make math sweet! Celebrate the infinite quality of Pi with a treat. Ages 8–18. Registration required.

Sarchet Community Room
Wed, Mar 07, 11:00am - 1:00pm
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.

Sarchet Community Room
Wed, Mar 07, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Spend an evening analyzing your own DNA test results.

Sarchet Community Room
Thu, Mar 08, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Watch early math concepts take SHAPE with fun stories and activities for little learners. Ages 3–5.

West Oaks - Ask at Desk
Fri, Mar 09, 10:00am - 2:00pm
AARP Volunteers will provide free income tax assistance. Attendees will be seen on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please visit aarp.org/taxaide.

Sarchet Community Room
Sat, Mar 10, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Create Beautiful Boho Style Bowls using paper. Join us at our super exciting Craft Club for Adults meeting every month. Supplies will be provided. Registration is required.

Sarchet Community Room
Sat, Mar 10, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Decorate, dig and seed your very own potted plant pet, then take it home and watch it grow! Ages 6–12. Registration required.

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Mar 12, 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, Mar 12, 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, Mar 12, 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.

Sarchet Community Room
Tue, Mar 13, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Step into the lives of these courageous, strong and persistent women by joining us for a Women’s History Month mini-movie festival! 

Sarchet Community Room
Tue, Mar 13, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Why should kids have all the fun? Come to the library and enjoy a story or activity as our talented library storytellers entertain ages 18 and up! Click for more details.

Sarchet Community Room
Tue, Mar 13, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Kids, do you have the luck of the Irish? Come by to have a legendary good time. Join us for crafts, stories and leprechaun fun. Ages 6–12.

Sarchet Community Room
Wed, Mar 14, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Impress that special someone in your life by wrapping their gift in a handmade gift bag! These gift bags can be made for any occasion. They are fast and easy to make and each one is unique.

Sarchet Community Room
Wed, Mar 14, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Interested in furthering your genealogical research skills? Then the NGSQ Study Group is for you!

Sarchet Community Room
Thu, Mar 15, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Come learn the basics of genetic genealogy and how DNA testing can supplement your traditional genealogical research.

Sarchet Community Room
Thu, Mar 15, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Take a bite of frosted oats and colorful marshmallows with a twist. Combine, stir and shape with your little hands a fun treat that will be magically delicious! Ages 3–5. Registration required.

West Oaks - Ask at Desk
Fri, Mar 16, 10:00am - 2:00pm
AARP Volunteers will provide free income tax assistance. Attendees will be seen on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please visit aarp.org/taxaide.

Sarchet Community Room
Fri, Mar 16, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Learn to sew your own fabric basket from start to finish using professional patterns, fabric of your choice and professional sewing machines.
This event is full

Sarchet Community Room
Fri, Mar 16, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Are you stuck on a sewing project? Do you need help with a pattern, quilt or garment? Do you simply need to practice your new sewing skills?

Sarchet Community Room
Sat, Mar 17, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Join in the savings! Become a savvy saver by sharing coupons and savings tips at this monthly meeting.

Sarchet Community Room
Sun, Mar 18, 2:00pm - 3:35pm
Step into the lives of these courageous, strong and persistent women by joining us for a Women’s History Month mini-movie festival! 

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Mar 19, 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, Mar 19, 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, Mar 19, 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.

Mon, Mar 19, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Hey Kids join us and the West Orange Homeschoolers for fun playing a variety of Board Games. Meet new people, learn a new game, and enjoy lively conversations. Bring your own games to share!

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Mar 19, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Celebrate women in history! Join us for brainy trivia and brilliant activities. Ages 6–12.

Sarchet Community Room
Tue, Mar 20, 11:30am - 12:45pm
Step into the lives of these courageous, strong and persistent women by joining us for a Women’s History Month mini-movie festival! 

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Tue, Mar 20, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Create dynamic presentations, crunch numbers and create eye-catching flyers in this four-day camp. Build your skills towards becoming a Microsoft Office expert. #springbreak

Sarchet Community Room
Tue, Mar 20, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Elder Law Attorney Geoff Hoatson teaches you how to make your golden years a smooth cruise! Set a course for preservation!

Sarchet Community Room
Tue, Mar 20, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
A pond is an ecosystem filled with living things. Help us investigate pond life with fun educational activities and scientific observations. Ages 6–12.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Wed, Mar 21, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Create dynamic presentations, crunch numbers and create eye-catching flyers in this four-day camp. Build your skills towards becoming a Microsoft Office expert. #springbreak

Sarchet Community Room
Wed, Mar 21, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Create beautiful wall art using painter’s tape and basic art supplies. Ages 11–18.

Sarchet Community Room
Wed, Mar 21, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Sharpen your genealogy skills and learn about resources by sharing your research questions

Sarchet Community Room
Thu, Mar 22, 11:00am - 12:00pm
So you had your DNA tested, now what do you do with your results

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Thu, Mar 22, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Create dynamic presentations, crunch numbers and create eye-catching flyers in this four-day camp. Build your skills towards becoming a Microsoft Office expert. #springbreak

Sarchet Community Room
Thu, Mar 22, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Inspired by the classic stories of Eric Carle, join in the fun as some of his most well-known stories, like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, are presented LIVE, followed by some interactive activities.

West Oaks - Ask at Desk
Fri, Mar 23, 10:00am - 2:00pm
AARP Volunteers will provide free income tax assistance. Attendees will be seen on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please visit aarp.org/taxaide.

Sarchet Community Room
Fri, Mar 23, 11:00am - 12:00pm
3…2…1…blast off! Get your Rover ready and explore the Red Planet. Ages 6–12.

West Oaks - Children's Area
Sat, Mar 24, 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.