Monday, Oct. 1, starts Family History Month!
In the past October has been officially proclaimed a month for celebrating family history; recently, it’s become an unofficial celebration among genealogy researchers and organizations.
So let the celebration begin! Family Tree Magazine has ideas for you to mark Family History month on our Family History Month resources page (it includes our free Discover Your Roots webinar).
It’s a great time to find classes and presentations at genealogy libraries and societies near youmany free or for a small fee. Check the website of your local library or society or call to ask about special events. Be sure to register for the event if it’s required.
Here’s a sampling of Family History Month events across the country. Feel free to click Comments below and tell us about events you know of:
- Chicago: The Newberry Library is holding presentations and genealogy workshops throughout the month, including free help with lookups in the Daughters of the American Revolution genealogy database on Oct. 26. See the library’s list of Family History Month events here.
- Cincinnati: The public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will hold a Day with the Experts on Saturday, Oct. 6, with genealogy tours, a Researching Your Civil War Online class, consultations with experts and a presentation on Cincinnati’s legendary military officer Gen. William Haines Lytle. For more details, call (513) 369-6905 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Conroe, Texas: The Montgomery County Library will have a Genealogy Basics Boot Camp Oct. 10, a Get Your research into Shape session on Oct. 20, and more. Here’s the library’s October events calendar; hover over a listing to learn more about it.
- Fort Myers, Fla.: The Fort Myers-Lee County Public Library is holding a Family History Month Series on Saturdays in October covering topics such as tracking your research, using courthouse records, finding censuses and substitutes and using immigration records. Click here to find out more.
- Fort Wayne, Ind.: Of course the biggest public genealogy library in the country, the Allen County Library, is celebrating with classes on cemetery research, state and regional research, census research, photograph analysis, brick wall research and more. The library’s Genealogy Center also will have extended research hours on Oct. 26. Learn more and download a class schedule here.
- Oakland, Calif.: The African-American Genealogical Society of Northern California and the Oakland FamilySearch Center are holding a Black Family History Day Oct. 13 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the FamilySearch Center. Click here to learn more about the event (including how to register for a free family history consultation).
- Santa Barbara, Calif.: The Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society has classes all month long, including a Genealogy and DNA workshop (Oct. 5 at 10 a.m.) and Beginning Genealogy (Oct. 8 at 10 a.m.). Registration is required, with a fee for nonmembers. You also can go to free open houses on Sept. 30 and Oct. 13, 14, 20 and 27. To learn more, go to the society’s website and click READ HERE to download a PDF listing the events.
- Tucson, Ariz.: The Pima County Genealogy Society and the Pima County Public Library are teaming up to offer family tree workshops at the library throughout October. See the dates and times here.
- Vermilion, Ohio: Ritter Public Library is holding genealogy classes on researching a house history (Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.), creating a computerized family photo project (Oct. 27 at 10 a.m.) and getting started (Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m.). Learn more on the library’s blog.