Celebrating Family History Month in October!

By Diane Haddad

Tomorrow starts an exciting month around here—Family History Month! In 2001, Congress first passed a resolution, introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who wrote, “By searching for our roots, we come closer together as a human family.”

Similar legislation has passed in several years since. To my knowledge, there wasn’t an official declaration this year, but family history organizations continue to observe Family History Month in October.

We’ve already told you about our free, beginner-oriented 10 Steps to Discover Your Roots webinar (Oct. 16) and Discover Your Family Tree Family Tree University course (running for two weeks starting Oct. 11).

We’ve also got a couple more surprises up our sleeves—stay tuned right here!

Family History Month often brings great opportunities to improve your genealogy skills, find out about new resources and meet others who share your passion for the past! Check program schedules for your local library and genealogical society to see what’s going on near you.

Here are some of the genealogy classes and other special events we’ve heard about (listed by state; click the link for more information on the event).

If your group is holding a special Family History Month event, please click Comments at the end of this post to share the news. Be sure to include a link where people can learn more.

Genealogical Society of North Orange County Family History Month 2010 Events, Yorba Linda area

California Genealogical Society and Library events (download a flier using the link about halfway down this page), San Francisco

Oakland Regional Family History Center Family History Month classes (click “See flyer” link to download schedule), Oakland

2 Norman Park Senior Center, Chula Vista, Annual Seminar

9 California Family History Day, Sacramento

Southwest Germanic Genealogy Society Family History Month series, Fort Myers (Fridays in October)

Ela Area Public Library Family History Month events, Lake Zurich

Robert W. Lowe Public Library District Family History Month genealogy consultations (by appointment), Sheridan

23 Illinois State Genealogical Society Fall Conference, Peoria

Allen County Public Library Family History Month events (click to download PDF of calendar), Fort Wayne

23 Indiana State Library Genealogy and Local History Fair, Indianapolis

16 Family History Day 2010 with and NEHGS, Boston

Muskogee Public Library Family History Month events, Muskogee

Oklahoma History Center Family History Month activities (click on the “registration form” link), Oklahoma City

Go ahead and hold your own party, too. Give yourself a whole Saturday at the library or Family History Center, ask a relative your burning family history questions, bake Grandma’s famous cookie recipe, jot down a family story, or tell your state representative how much you appreciate your public library’s genealogy resources.