Boy oh boy have I jumped right into it. I am a member of the San Joaquin Genealogical Society and the El Toyon Chapter DAR. A couple of months ago both groups along with the Stockton Public Library decided to have a genealogy workshop for beginners. I said, "Wow, that would be great!" and they said, "We're glad you think it's great - you put it together." Me and my big mouth.
I think I have done well, for not knowing what the hell I am doing. I have a date and a place and an outline of what activities are planned. The library printed flyers, I have a few volunteers. I even have a volunteer that has a PowerPoint presentation! (Read the last "Sheri went to Samford" post to find the humor in this.)
Here is the final product:
Family History Weekend at the Library!
Chavez Central Library
SEPTEMBER 20 & 21, 2008
SAN JOAQUIN GENEALOGY SOCIETY
EL TOYON CHAPTER NSDAR
STOCKTON - SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Saturday - September 20th
10 am to 11:30 am - A series of 15-20 minute presentations introducing the basics of genealogical research
11:30 am - A guided resources tour of the library - special collections, local history, genealogical collection
Noon to 2:00 - One on one assistance available from our many knowledgeable volunteers
2 pm - Family Legacy Workshop with Linda Weaver Clarke
Sunday - September 21st
1 pm to 4 pm - Researching online - 12 computers all with Internet access and subscription to ancestry.com an overview of basic search strategies
Even if only one person shows up I will consider this a success. It will be one more person on their way to discovering their family history!