Learn about your family tree at the Simsbury Free Library


HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE FOR THE LIVING LOCAL DEAL. SOME OF US ARE INTERESTED IN KNOWING ABOUT OUR ANCESTORS AND TRACING OUR FAMILY HISTORY. WHERE DO YOU START? THE LIBRARY IS OFFERING GENEALOGY TO GET YOU STARTED. IT’S GREAT TO HAVE YOU GUYS WITH US. WHAT IS THE FIRST STEP IF SOMEONE WANTS TO TRACE BACKWARD INTO A FAMILY TREE? THE FIRST STEP IS YOU COME TO SEE US. BRING WHATEVER YOU HAVE. OUR LIBRARY IS OPEN ON THE SECOND AND FOURTH SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH FROM 10:00 TO 2:00 WITH A GENEALOGIST AND ALL SORTS OF HEALTH YOU CAN GET TO TAKE YOU TO THE NEXT STEP. IS THIS A FREE SERVICE? IT IS FIVE DOLLARS FOR PEOPLE WALKING IN. IF IT IS AN EXTENDED INSTRUCTION THAT YOU NEED OR RESEARCH, THEN IT IS $20 BUT IT IS FREE TO MEMBERS OF THE ORGANIZATION. WE HAVE QUITE A BIT OF EXPERTISE. I HAVE WONDERFUL RESOURCES. WHEN YOU FIRST START OUT, YOU WANT TO COLLECT ALL OF THE INFORMATION YOU CAN FROM YOUR FAMILY. BIRTHDATES, DEATH DATES, MARRIAGE STATES. THEN YOU CAN GO ON TO OUR WEBSITE AND WHAT YOU WILL FIND IS A FIVE GENERATION GENEALOGICAL CHART. THAT WILL HELP YOU ORGANIZE ALL OF THAT INFORMATION. THEN YOU CAN COME SEE US. I HAVE DONE QUITE A BIT OF RESEARCH AND WHAT IS INTERESTING IS THAT WE HAVE HAD SOME FASCINATING PEOPLE COME SEE US. THE MORE YOU DO GENEALOGY RESEARCH, YOU WILL NOTICE THAT AS YOU GO THROUGH TOWNS, YOU WILL NOTICE NAMES ON BUILDINGS AND STREETS AREA WE GOT OFF OF THE HIGHWAY TODAY ON HUMPHREY STREET. TED UMPHREY CAME IN. HIS DIRECT ANCESTRY LINE GOES BACK TO MICHAEL HUMPHREY WHO FOUNDED THE TOWN. I RAN RIGHT OVER TO THE BOOKSHELF AND PULLED OFF THE HUMPHREY GENEALOGY AND I SAID LOOK HERE YOU ARE. ANCESTRY.COM IS OBVIOUSLY VERY POPULAR. DO WE LEARN A LOT ABOUT FAMILIES THROUGH THAT? YES THAT IS A WONDERFUL PLACE TO START. WE HAVE THAT RESOURCE. CAN HELP YOU NAVIGATE THROUGH IT. SOMETIMES, IT IS CHALLENGING WHEN YOU START SO IT IS NICE TO HAVE SOMEONE HELP YOU. THEN TO PROCEED, WE WILL DIG DEEPER INTO OUR LOCAL RESOURCES WITH PROBATE RECORDS, THINGS THAT ARE NOT AVAILABLE ON ANCESTRY.COM JUST YET THAT WE SPECIALIZE IN. WHAT DID YOU BRING WITH YOU TODAY? ONE OF THE FOUNDERS AND A PROLIFIC WRITER AND THIS IS A BOOK THAT HE WROTE ABOUT — I HAVE THIS ADDITION FROM THE 1700S THAT HE SIGNED. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN SEE THAT. WE HAVE A FEW GEMS. A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY. WE HAVE A BEAUTIFUL ARCHIVES WITH LETTERS FROM PRESIDENTS TO GEORGE MCLEAN. OTHER FAMOUS PEOPLE FROM OUR AREA. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A RESIDENT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS PROGRAM. KNOW WE HAVE PEOPLE COMING FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. IT IS A CLUB OF PEOPLE WHO LOOK FOR THEIR FAMILY HISTORY. THEY WILL COME IN FROM CALIFORNIA, OUT WEST, AND THEY KNEW THAT THEY COULD BE HERE JUST TO SEE THE LOCAL RESOURCES IN THE BOOKS WE HAVE. WE ARE OPEN TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS FROM 11:00 TO 5:00 THEN SATURDAYS FOR GENEALOGY. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BRING IN ANY PAPERWORK OR DOCUMENTS? NO. WE CAN HELP YOU GET STARTED.

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