SALINA – Genealogists of all experience levels are invited to Salina Public Library’s August meeting of Family History Detectives. Information Services Librarian Barbara Mulvihill will present “Genealogy and Beyond: Taking a Trip to Research Your Family Memoir” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 16 in the library’s Prescott Room.
Though many genealogy resources are available online, there remains a vast cache of historical documents that have not yet been digitized. It is sometimes necessary to travel to libraries, historical societies, courthouses and other places that house historical documents to find important information for genealogical research. In addition, it is helpful to experience a location first hand in order to describe the setting in a memoir. Mulvihill has more than 30 years of experience with genealogy research and has traveled to four states to research the story of her great-great-grandparents’ lives in Civil War-era East Texas and beyond. Her presentation will cover the ins-and-outs of such hands-on research.
Mulvihill is the recipient of a 2018 Lana Jordan Developing Artist Grant from Salina Arts and Humanities. She used the grant to take an online master writing class and to travel to Arkansas and Texas for research. In September, she will give a follow-up presentation on writing a family memoir.
Family History Detectives, formally known as the Genealogy Club, meets every third Thursday, August through November and January through May. Upcoming topics include using Evernote to organize research and U.S. Army unit records. Meetings are free and do not require registration.