Ideas for Expanding Your Library's Genealogy Program

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Suggested Ideas & Tips

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  • Veterans’ Day: Evening seminar on military records
  • Working with Genealogy Clubs based in senior homes and facilities
  • Genealogy society members can help with one-off genealogy talks and more ongoing programs
  • Use genealogical resources to add to local historical events (e.g., centennials), “What was life like back then?”
  • Genealogy & community service: Working with elders, beautifying local sites (cemeteries, memorials, etc.)
  • Have grandparents and grandchildren come in and work together on their family tree research
  • Bring genealogy resources to teen advisory groups – see what ideas they have for incorporating genealogy into their activities, community service opportunities, etc.
  • Family History Cookbook – community project with recipes and genealogical documents
  • “Heirloom Roadshow” – Patrons bring in family heirlooms and display alongside genealogy documents
  • Craft programs: Make quilts with family photos; family trees
  • Incorporate into other library programs: Anime about family history, sessions about “roots trips” for Travel
  • Club, Family Storytime with genealogy-themed books

Links & Resources

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MyHeritage Blog – Written by MyHeritage staff, includes many interesting projects and activities that can be
translated into the library context.

Sample blog posts:

MyHeritage Facebook Page – “Like” our Facebook page to get updates about genealogy tips and activities and share
content with your library Facebook community.

Federation of Genealogical Societies – Links to nearly 500 local genealogy and historical societies covering all ethnicities, specialites, etc.

Download Family Tree Builder (for Windows and Mac), MyHeritage’s free and powerful desktop family tree software.
Family Tree Builder is a stand-alone product for individuals, for use on a personal computer, but it can be used on a
patron’s personal computer to gather information from the MyHeritage Library Edition and elsewhere.

MyHeritage Webinars – Led by MyHeritage experts and experienced genealogists, these freely available webinars
can either be a resource for patrons looking for specific types of information on how to pursue their research, or as
inspiration for an in-library session with a local genealogist.

BillionGraves.com – A mobile app and website that enable individuals and groups to photograph and index
gravestones with exact GPS coordinates. Information on BillionGraves is made available on the MyHeritage Library
Edition
through periodic updates.