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Summer Learning Track: Ancestry Adventures

Ever wondered what fascinatingly famous -- or infamous -- characters might be lurking in your family history? When your ancestors first came to this country? Why they made the trek? What they did before they came, and when they first got here?

This summer, take the Richland Library Friends' Summer Learning Challenge and delve into an adventure of discovering your ancestry. Get started by checking out the programs and resources in this Summer Learning Track, or develop your own. Richland Library staff are ready and willing to help you find the information you seek. The Summer Learning Challenge starts on May 30th and goes through August 15th.

Find out something awesome about your ancestors? Share it with us on social media using the hashtag #ilearnbecause!

Telling Your Story: A Family History Writer's Group*
Interested in genealogy? Meet with others who are researching and writing their family history for ideas and help getting started. Please register.
6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Monday, June 15 -- Cooper
 
Genealogy 101
Are you trying to get started with your family history? You need some tools, advice and a demonstration of library online resources to begin the adventure. This workshop will give you all of that and the passion to get started.
6:00 p.m., Thursday, July 23 -- Southeast
 
 
 
 

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