The Aurora Genealogical Society has three programs planned this fall to help genealogy enthusiasts in their quest to find their ancestors. The programs, which are free and open to the public, will take place at the Aurora Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Parkway.
The schedule is as follows:
Sept. 28, 1 p.m.: “Find a Grave”
FindAGrave.com is a free grave registration website for the purpose of genealogical research. Search over 45 million grave registrations in more than 280,000 cemeteries in more than 170 different countries. It is an opportunity to find grave registrations, search cemeteries and connect with other people researching in the same family as you are. Learn tips and techniques to maximize your success on this website. Presented by Dotty Sharp Hunt, newsletter editor for the Aurora Genealogical Society and experienced genealogist.
Oct. 26, 7 p.m.: “The Immigrant Experience”
Lou-Jean Rehn, board-certified genealogist, will take you to the time when your immigrant ancestors came to America. What were the reasons they immigrated? What were the conditions they endured while traveling to ports of departure and on immigrant ships crossing the ocean? What process did they experience upon arrival? Only by knowing these things can we begin to appreciate and research our ancestors.
Nov. 23, 1 p.m.: “Old Soldiers’ Homes – Veterans Homes Established as a Result of the Civil War”
Federal and state veteran homes were established following the Civil War to help disabled veterans. Initially, these homes provided primarily shelter, food and clothing for the veterans. They evolved into communities that additionally provided education, medical treatment, jobs, recreation and cultural events and became the vast network of U.S Veterans’ hospitals and state homes that exist today. Sandy Ronayne, president of Computer Interest Group and experience genealogist, will discuss the history of this social welfare movement, describe her great-grandmother’s brother’s sojourn through three veteran homes (two state and one federal) and talk about the availability and types of veteran home records.
About the Aurora Genealogical Society
The Aurora Genealogical Society was organized in 1981 to promote an interest in genealogy, to encourage high standards of genealogical research and to publish genealogical and historical information in a regular newsletter. General meetings take place on the fourth Tuesday of the month, except in June, July, August and December, and alternate between the afternoon (1 p.m. in odd-numbered months) and evening (7 p.m. in even-numbered months). The Aurora Genealogy Library, which is located on the first floor of the Aurora Central Library near the children’s area, is open for genealogical assistance and research from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, or by appointment. For more information, visit www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety/index.htm, call 303-739-6686 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.