Organize Your Family Tree

09 Feb Organize Your Family Tree

La Porte County Public Library has the tools you need to research and organize your family history.

You might have heard that baseball is America’s pastime, but do you know what Americans report to be their favorite hobbies? USA Today reports that genealogy is the second most popular hobby after gardening. Genealogy is the process of researching your family history and there is no better place to do this research than at the library.

If you haven’t delved into your family history, then Organizing Your Family Tree at the Coolspring Branch on February 15 can be a starting point. At this class, library instructors will show you how to use online resources to research and organize your family history. If you cannot attend, many of these resources are available online or in print. Our Genealogy page is a great starting place to learn about genealogy research.

A great example of an online resource that the library offers is Ancestry Library, which is a collection of more than 9,000 databases and 200 billion images from around the world. You can search these databases in the library and send a link to yourself to use outside of the library to access the information that you have found. You can learn more about Ancestry Library with this tutorial.

We also have a large selection of print material to choose from to learn how to best research your family history. At the Main Library in La Porte, the Indiana Room is full of reference books to help you learn about genealogy. The Indiana Room also contains copies of two magazines to help inspire and direct research: Connections: the Hoosier Genealogist and The NEHG Register: Journal of American Genealogists.

If you have any questions about the event Organize Your Family History or about genealogy in general, give us a call at (219) 362-6156 or drop into any of our seven locations to speak to a librarian.