With the genealogy department on the main floor of the Miami Public Library, even those who never thought much about their family history are becoming curious.
Barbara Becker, genealogy librarian at the Miami Public Library, will host a series of programs introducing people to how to do genealogy research.
“When the genealogy department was downstairs, generally it was people searching for something or someone that used the facilities,” Becker said. “But now that we’re upstairs I get a lot of people asking how it’s done.”
The six lessons are under the title, “Key Ingredients of Genealogy.”
“Just as you have to have certain things to cook, you need certain things to do genealogy research,” Becker said.
The six classes begin March 27 and continue through May 1. Each class begins at 6 p.m.
“That leaves plenty of time for everyone attending to ask questions,” Becker said.
The March 27 program, “Salt and Pepper,” gives the basics of genealogy.
“The Herb Patch” on April 3 gives information on marriage, divorce, death records and cemeteries.
Land records, deed, taxes and estate records will be discussed April 10 at “From the Garden.”
During “The Orchard” on April 17 the subject is military records, photo dating and preservation.
April 24 will bring “Exotic Flavors” to the kitchen with immigration and tribal research.
The classes will conclude on May 1 with “Sugar and Spice” and a discussion of the use of Internet sites and family books.
Becker welcomes everyone to the programs, which she hopes will be helpful to those just starting genealogy, but will have a few surprises to help those with experience.
“I don’t know what they’ll get out of it,” she said. “I’ve been doing this for years and not a day goes by I don’t learn something new.”
To make reservations for any or all of the programs, call Becker at the library at 541-2292.