Genealogy research has become a different world in the last 10 to 15 years, as the growth of resources online has totally changed the way information on family history can be gathered.
Kathryn Ramsay, the Pioneer Library System’s Local History and Genealogy Resources Librarian, will give Summer Reading Programs a chance to “Try Something Different in Your Genealogy Research” at a program at the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 18.
A big part of her focus on the program is helping participants finding ways to communicate effectively with other researchers, both in searching for other blogs or message boards and in posting their own information in places it can help someone else.
“There is a lot of good information out there in terms of comparing and confirming information,” Ramsay said. “There is such an importance in collaboration and sharing.”
Websites such as Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest are available through the Pioneer Library System’s resources for cardholders. Ramsay will go beyond those sites to other places online for finding and comparing information.
“There are more individual family websites now,” she said. “They are sometimes varying in quality but they can be interesting and good for confirming things.”
Ramsay’s interest in genealogy started from hearing stories her grandmother would tell about her family. She later became more versed in it while she was a librarian in Hominy, Okla., and many customers were researching their own families.
“A lot of people get into genealogy because their parents talked about it,” she said. “So much of it comes down to just listening to family stories. You don’t want to regret not having those stories written down somewhere.”
This year’s Summer Reading Program is presented with the support of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma Arts Council, Hitachi Computer Products of America, The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Sonic, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, the Pioneer Library System Foundation and Friends of the Library groups throughout the Pioneer Library System.