Virtual Presentation: Getting Started with Genealogy

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Adults , Teens
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Program Description

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The program is for genealogy novices as well as for those returning to America's #2 hobby. You'll get a tour and some lessons on the Genealogy resources of the Farmington Library website, like Ancestry Library (the library version of and ProQuest newspapers (which includes The Hartford Courant). There will also be an introduction to the 1940 U.S. Census, the "nosiest census ever." The information from that census is a valuable jumping off point in a journey that can lead to birth, marriage and death dates; immigration records; naturalization and military records, city directories and newspapers. Every document found and studied is another step in the adventure of discovering your family history and understanding the people whose DNA you share.

***Please note that this is a 90 minute presentation***

***Please see attachments with helpful links and family group and pedigree charts under "Attachments" on this event listing***


Television researcher Janeen Bjork applied the detective, analytic, and presentation skills she garnered in a 30-year career to her family tree, and then to the trees of her friends, students, and clients. In recent years she has taught Genealogy at community colleges, Adult Ed. programs, libraries, museums, churches, and even for a Mensa meeting. Her enthusiasm for Genealogy is infectious, and she will give you tools and strategies for finding and preserving your family legacies for posterity. 


Registration Required. Join us via Zoom! 

***Please find the Zoom link in your confirmation email.*** 

Instructions for Zoom: 

You do not have to have a Zoom account to attend a program. When you register for this program, you will be sent a unique Zoom ID and password.

To join on your computer, go to on your computer's browser and open Zoom Meetings (PC) or Open (Mac) and enter the meeting ID and password a few minutes before the program. Or, you can download the Zoom app on your computer, phone or tablet, open the Zoom app, and type in the meeting ID to join us. 

Please make sure you connect with your device's video and audio. 

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If you have special needs to attend this program, please contact the library in advance.