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Forsyth County Public Library offers series of lectures on genealogy

FORSYTH COUNTY — Anyone interested in learning the best ways to explore their family tree can get some tips during four upcoming events organized by the Forsyth County Public Library.

Local experts will lead programs designed to help both amateur and experienced family genealogists discover their own histories, with a kickoff led by Cliff Roberts called “Using Civil War Records in Genealogy.”

Roberts’ presentation will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Sharon Forks Library.

“Fortunately for the genealogist, vast amounts of records were collected during the Civil War,” Roberts said. “From service records to family letters, from pension applications to unique wartime census data, these are wonderful resources that give us today a new perspective on our ancestors during this difficult time in American history.”

Library patrons can go even further back in human history at “The Making of the Human Family in America: A Historical & DNA Perspective” at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Hampton Park Library.

Presenter Joy Chappel will explain how our ancestors traveled great distances to create a blended continent of diversity and how DNA studies are mapping these historical movements.

The library system’s series continues with genealogist Elizabeth Olson teaching that researching family history online can be rewarding, if you have the proper tools.

Attendees can learn about genealogical research and free resources online and at the library in Olson’s presentation titled “Effective Tips for Genealogy Research Online” at 3 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Post Road Library.

During the last presentation in the series, Kathy Dempsey will help solve the jigsaw puzzle that can be genealogical research, when the whole picture can’t be seen without all the pieces.

Dempsey will help explain how certain kinds of public records may help fill in the gaps in research in her talk called “How Land Records Can Help Your Genealogy Research” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Cumming Library.

Each guest lecture in the series is free, but advance registration is requested. For more information or to sign up, visit or call (770) 781-9840.