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Genealogy workshop to be held at UWA

On Thursday and Friday, Oct. 2-3, a workshop dedicated to discussing best practices in using local resources to conduct genealogical research will be held on the University of West Alabama campus.

Whether a person is a novice or connoisseur, speakers will examine a wide range of available methods of research for the beginner, intermediate and advanced genealogist.

Topics include the trials and tribulations of genealogy, death records, how to make the archivist your friend, courthouse records, cemetery research and land records. Speakers will also join for an “Ask the Experts” panel session for those seeking answers to specific genealogy questions. The workshop hopes to demonstrate how to go beyond the Internet when searching for family history

“After attending this workshop, I want researchers to feel more comfortable with reaching out to their local courthouses, libraries and even colleges for genealogical information,” said Amy Christiansen, Black Belt Archivist for the Center for the Study of the Black Belt. “In many areas in Alabama, familiarizing yourself with these local resources can help you find those unique family treasures you may not be able to find on the Internet.”

Concurrent sessions will take place in the Bell Conference Center and Young Hall at UWA. The full registration fee is $50 and one-day registration fee is $35. Registration covers the cost of materials, refreshments, as well as lunches and dinners.

For more information and to register, visit www.centerforblackbelt.org or www.marengomuseum.com. Contact Amy Christiansen at (205) 652-3655 or blackbeltarchives@uwa.edu, or Mary Jones-Fitts at (334) 555-1212 or marengomuseum@yahoo.com.

The deadline for registration is Thursday, Sept. 18.

The workshop is sponsored by the Black Belt Archives and the Marengo County History and Archives Museum. To learn more about either organization, visit centerforblackbelt.org/units/black-belt-archives-2 or www.marengomuseum.com.