Finding Yourself: Using Archives to Research Your Family Genealogy

April 5, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
Booth Library, Witters Conference Room 4440

Eastern Illinois University’s Booth Library will display the exhibit, “A Question of History: Public History in Illinois,” from March 30 through July 31, 2017.  The public is invited to view this exhibit at any time during the library’s business hours.

The exhibit was produced by students in EIU’s Historical Administration graduate program. For more information about the exhibit and related programming visit the web page here.

As part of the exhibit, “Finding Yourself: Using Archives to Research Your Family Genealogy” will be presented by Cayla Wagner, graduate student in the HA program.

The program description is as follows: “Ancestry is relevant to more people than just the rich and the famous. The family history of an EIU student is just as important and useful to historians and the larger historical narrative as that of Abraham Lincoln. Researching your family history strengthens connections, past and present, creating a sense of belonging and purpose. Your family helped make you who you are today; now you can do the same for future generations.

“This workshop will teach you how to begin your own family history. Attendees will learn good research habits, where to look for important documents and how to use the Illinois Regional Archives Depository located right here in Booth Library. Registration for this event is recommended, but not required. Please contact Elizabeth Papp to register for this event at”

During the spring semester, Booth Library’s regular hours are 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 1 a.m. Sunday. For more information call 581-6072, or find the library on Facebook or Twitter.

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