Brooklyn Public Library


Family Matters

Aug 18, 2008 12:57 PM | 1 comment

If you thought tracing your family history required a complicated worldwide journey and the scavenger skills of an action movie hero, guess again. Now you can explore your family’s story right from your own library.


Take a genealogy workshop with the esteemed African-Atlantic Genealogical Society at its new Brooklyn chapter—Macon Library’s new African American Heritage Center. Founded in 1994, the Society’s mission is to guide anyone whose ancestors have had an African and/or Atlantic-crossing experience. The workshop—on Saturday, August 23, at 1 PM—offers hands-on assistance by the experts as you learn how to use and search the appropriate databases to begin your family tree. Future workshops will be held on the fourth Saturday of every month, as well as other special events featuring speakers, films and more.


If your family’s roots are in Brooklyn, or you’re just a Brooklyn lover, check out Central Library’s Brooklyn Collection, which has historical books, maps, photographs and newspaper clippings that can be of assistance in research. Happy hunting!

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BPL also offers remote access to HeritageQuest, an online resource that contains searchable scans of U.S. Federal Census records 1790-1930 and other documents.  I found all of my grandparents in the census files!