She also said that the National Archives and some other organizations often free online genealogy courses or workshops as well. “There are some great sessions available on the web to help people get started.”
Dowling also said that while quite a lot of information is available online, out of all the family history information, including birth records, censuses and other historic documents, only a small percentage are available online.
“A lot of records haven’t been digitized and other records haven’t been microfilmed. There is just so much information out there but having to search is part of the fun.”
The Washington library has a wide variety of historic records and documents available to help people trace their family tree that are not necessarily online.
Kenworthy and Dowling often think of genealogy as being like a puzzle or mystery. “You have to think outside of the box sometimes. This can be a very expensive hobby or a very inexpensive hobby depending on how much you want to know,” said Dowling.
The local library has fielded calls from all over the United States and even over seas to help individuals trace their roots. “I can’t stand lost ancestors and I think it is interesting to learn about people and why they did certain things they did,” said Dowling. “Sometimes we find out some really interesting things.”
Those wanting to participate in the class should contact the library at 254-4586 to register.
Registration must be complete by Oct. 25.