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Genealogy series returns
Six workshops set for October
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Forsyth County News

If you go

All of the workshops in the Forsyth County Public Library’s genealogy series begin at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Registration is required.

• Oct. 2: It’s in Black & White: Using Newspapers to Enhance Genealogical Research (Sharon Forks branch)

• Oct. 11: Southern Genealogy (Cumming branch)

• Oct. 13: Internal Migration Patterns: Colonial Period through the Nineteenth Century (Hampton Park) *begins at 2 p.m.

• Oct. 16: Genealogy and GPS (Cumming)

• Oct. 23: Hark! That Tombstone Is Talking to Us (Cumming)

• Oct. 30: Twentieth Century Migration Patterns (Sharon Forks)

• Online: Visit to register and get more information

Uncovering the past is presently a popular hobby at the Forsyth County Public Library.

To help residents with their searches, the library will hold six free workshops for its genealogy series in October.

Cumming branch manager Ann Decherd said the staff frequently gets questions from people researching family history, and past genealogy workshops have been well attended.

The library’s last genealogy series included nine lectures in May.

“These programs keep people alive in their search,” Decherd said. “They get more confidence. They start to get direction, along with the resources we have available.”

Rebecca Stuckey, series coordinator, said the library has seen several “success stories” from people doing genealogical research.

“It’s a lot of fun,” she said. “It’s such an addicting hobby.”

The October series will provide more information on topics such as migration patterns, analyzing data and using newspaper archives.

An Oct. 11 session specific to Southern records will be led by Cliff Roberts, camp commander of the Hiram Parks Bell Sons of Confederate Veterans in Cumming.

The first workshop on Tuesday will focus on newspapers, and will be presented by certified genealogist Linda Woodward Geiger.

Geiger will also teach an Oct. 23 class on tombstone analysis.

County resident and genealogist Kathy Dempsey will present two sessions, on Oct. 13 and 30, about what influenced migration patterns.

Author Robert Sapp will teach the “Genealogy and GPS” class on Oct. 16, highlighting five essential data resources for obtaining documents.

Stuckey said none of the topics rise above the others.

“When you research one person, you’re dealing with newspaper, tombstones, migration and the like,” she said.

The workshops also give locals a chance to compare notes and comment during the sessions, Stuckey said.

“We hope to have a good turnout,” she said. “We hope a lot of people can make it. It should be very informative.”