July 21, 2010
The West Virginia Archives and History Library of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History will continue its series of after hours lectures on Tuesday, Aug. 3, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. The session, entitled “Genealogy for Beginners,” will be conducted by archives and history librarian Susan Scouras. The program will take place in the library at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. All sessions are free and the public is invited to attend. The library will close at 5 p.m. and reopen at 5:45 p.m. for lecture guests and workshop participants only.
The lecture is focused on working with beginners who want to compile their family history but don’t know how to start. Family historians who have begun their research using Internet genealogy Web sites, but would like to learn how to locate and use non-Internet resources, also will find the session useful.
Topics will include basic genealogical research skills, introduction to family history resources, and proper documentation of records and information collected. The use of primary resource materials found in the Archives and History Library will be emphasized.
Door prizes including a how-to genealogy book, family tree chart, highway marker books and Homer Laughlin collectible mugs will be given out during the program.
Scouras has been a librarian at the Archives and History Library for more than 10 years and often assists patrons in compiling their family history. She also is the editor of the section’s Archives and History News.
Advance registration for the workshop is not required, but is encouraged to help plan seating arrangements and ensure plenty of supplies and handouts are available.
To register in advance, contact Robert Taylor, library manager, at (304) 558-0230, ext. 163, or by e-mail at Bobby.L.Taylor@wv.gov. Participants interested in registering by e-mail should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session. For additional information about the workshop, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.
The next session, “Charleston: Then and Now,” with Billy Joe Peyton, history professor at West Virginia State University, will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 7.
The Archives and History Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday. The library is closed on Sunday.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Its administrative offices are located at the Culture Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Culture Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.