family history guild update

This recent update was shared with current Family History Guild members by leader Char Major.

At the August family history guild meeting the group did some brain storming about the upcoming year, researcher’s needs, how to bring in more researchers, topics for research or learning — lots of great input. One big challenge for many is technology. This year they’ll start each session by going over an Ancestry-related or other electronic “trick”. Also we’re going to put a directory together and enter web sites we (Kelly, Heather and I) have found to be helpful that are in addition to Ancestry. There are many free sites and knowing what other researchers have found helpful, without the trail and error process, seemed like a good idea.

Director Heather Sturm has been invited to give a presentation to the Manchester Historical Society in October, which she accepted. Hopefully the society will hear news that will encourage them to financially support another Ancestry subscription for the library (the past year’s library subscription to was paid for by the Historical Society).

If there a subject you’re interested in knowing about, “brick wall” that’s stopped (as it may have stopped many others) your research , etc., let the group know. So far the schedule for fall includes:

  • September 18: Beginning Your Family Research, common gadgets for recording
  • October 16: “Webinar” subject to be announced with Kelly
  • November 20: American Indian Heritage and Visit to the Reservation with Diane Wiedmayer
  • December: no meeting due to holiday schedules

If you’d like to be added to the Family History Guild email list for future updates and meeting reminders, send an email to Director Heather Sturm at


About Heather Sturm

Director at Manchester District Library
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