Thursday, March 8, 2007
Alan Ray (Guest Host): For most of the millions of humans who have lived before us, family history was a matter of uncertain lore, legend, and word of mouth handed down from father to son. Sometimes the fact and the fiction mixed with dimming memory. We could be fairly certain, usually who begot whom. Except for the few families who kept written records, or royalty for whom records were kept, genealogy was a matter mostly of memory.
But over the last half-century we started using checks, credit cards, and computers. At the same time, records that used to be kept in disparate locations were computerized and centralized. Now if you want to know who your peeps were, you can find out with a few keystrokes.
On Saturday, March 10, from 1-3 p.m. in the community room of the El Cajon branch of the San Diego County Library, 201 E. Douglas Ave., a program titled, Interactive Genealogy 101, will introduce the public to Ancestry.com, a powerful genealogical information source that’s will be available through the San Diego County Library. For more information, contact the El Cajon Library at (619) 588-3718.
- Stephanie Weiner, librarian and genealogist for the El Cajon branch of the San Diego County Library