Genealogy Club News

Jo Ann Evans

Most Americans have a family history that includes immigration to the United States. Determining your immigrant ancestor’s exact town of origin before their immigration into this country is the key to successful research across the pond. On Tuesday, Aug. 16, in the CATC, Room 104, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the Genealogy Club will host a webinar titled “Finding Immigrants’ Towns of Origins,” by Lisa A. Alzo. In this webinar Lisa will speak about the best U.S. sources that might name your ancestor’s town or village, how to prioritize your search, and how to set expectations for tracking down key records in foreign repositories. Before you can research your forebears in their foreign hometown, you’ll need to research the town itself. While it might be tempting to skip this step and simply type their names into online databases, this legwork can prevent research headaches—including possibly searching for your family in the wrong place. No matter the location, you need a working knowledge of both historical and current geography to know where to look for records.

On Tuesday, Sept. 6, in the CATC, Room 104, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. our resident genealogist Emily Richardson is preparing a presentation about documentation that may be found online about those who arrived at Ellis Island. The website states, “During the largest human migration in modern history, Ellis Island processed more immigrants than all other North American ports combined. Today, tens of millions of Americans can trace at least one ancestor to Ellis.” Emily will demonstrate how to navigate the website and will share helpful YouTube videos on the subject.

On Monday, Sept. 12, in the CATC, Room 104, from 2 to 4 p.m. a Help Session will take place. If you’re a beginner in genealogy research, have hit a brick wall, or want help as a follow-up to the Ellis Island presentation, experienced members of the club are available to help you. Bring your laptop or tablet and your questions for friendly, individual assistance. Both club members and visitors are eligible to come to the Help Sessions.

The Genealogy Club welcomes all Robson Ranch residents. Dues are $20 per year per person or $30 per year for a couple. If you want further information on these programs or on the Robson Genealogy Club, feel free to contact the club board at [email protected].