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University of Delaware Library offers genealogy workshops


9:52 a.m., March 6, 2012--The University of Delaware Library will present two workshops on genealogy during the 2012 spring semester.

“Genealogy for Beginners” will be presented on Tuesday, April 17. This workshop will cover the basics for researchers who are just starting to work on their family histories. It will present an overview of the types of records that contain genealogical information as well as research strategies for finding and recording this data. Participants will also learn how to search the online database Ancestry Library Edition for U.S. Census records.

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The workshop will be held from 10 a.m.-noon in the Library Instruction Room (116A) on the first floor or Morris Library. Presenters will be Rebecca Knight, associate librarian, Reference Department, and Linda Stein, librarian, Reference Department.

“What’s in a Name? Tips on Searching for Personal Names in Genealogical Resources” will be presented on Thursday, May 10. Genealogical researchers often find it difficult to locate names in the U.S. Census and other historical sources due to the various ways names are recorded. Records tend to focus on male heads of households and may not provide the first or maiden names of female family members. This workshop will offer information on the most commonly encountered problems and strategies that may help solve them.

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m.-noon, also in the Library Instruction Room (116A) on the first floor of Morris Library. Presenters will be Knight and Stein.

The workshops are available at no charge and are open to UD faculty, staff, students and the public. Seating is limited, and registration is required. To register online, go to this website. Online registration is not available to members of the general public. To register, call the Reference Department at 302-831-2432 or email

Questions can be sent via email to or by calling 302-831-2432. 

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