Saturday Class

September 28 (4th Saturday); 9:30-10:30
Introduction to DNA for Genealogy
presenter: Andy Hochreiter

This lecture will provide an overview on how DNA testing can be used to further genealogy research. Andy will also explain the agenda for his Beginning DNA Special Interest Group, which will commence in October at the WDCFHC and at the Columbia MD FHC. This lecture and the SIG are free and open to all who would like to understand the basics of this topic.

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Wednesday Evening Schedule Change

Beginning June 1, the FHC will be closed on Wednesday evenings for research, and open from 7-9 p.m. for the DNA Special Interest Groups only.

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Navigating the Holdings of AGAD (Archiwum Główne Akt Dawnych) in Poland

This guide shows how to research a collection of records originating primarily in the southeastern part of present-day Poland and the southwestern part of present-day Ukraine. The records have recently been transferred to the Central Archives of Historical Records (AGAD) in Warsaw. There they are being repaired, restored, and digitized, after which they are made available, free of charge, through the AGAD website. This guide is in pdf format and can be downloaded by clicking here.

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New Resources

We are pleased to announce that the following new resources are now available to support patrons’ research and education. These are free of charge to use at our FHC:

Education:

We have a subscription to Legacy Family Tree Webinars which has over 820 presentations from which you can select a wide variety of topics for viewing. There are two new webinars added every week. You can search by presenter’s name, topic, or date. We have headsets available, or you can bring your earbuds.

Newspaper databases: The following two websites provide thousands of birth, marriage and death announcements, news articles and obituaries.

  • Newspapers.com, the largest online newspaper archive with over 11,000 newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • GenealogyBank.com, a collection of over 9,000 newspapers with more than 250 million obituaries.

 

All of these resources are available at every computer. Please ask a staff member for assistance in accessing these tools.

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Update on Microfilm Collection

An inventory of the microfilm and microfiche at our WDCFHC has been completed. To access the updated list of our collection, please use these links to access the files, and then download them to your computer:
Microfilms & fiche sorted by location; click here.
Microfilms & fiche sorted by film number, click here.
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