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Classes and events are virtual and in-person. Registration is strongly encouraged for in-person events, attendance may be limited.

Finding Your Roots

DNA Testing

Registration Required
Tuesday February 27 1:00pm

Online (Virtual Room – West Oaks)

Event Categories: History, Culture, Genealogy

Learn the basics of genetic genealogy and how DNA testing can supplement your traditional genealogical research. Explore the different types of tests that are available.

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No Registration Required
Tuesday February 27 4:30pm

Southeast Branch (Children’s Area)

Event Categories: Arts & Crafting; Games & Activities; History, Culture, Genealogy; Storytime

Discover the African culture through interactive stories and activities. Get creative with color as we play with shapes and patterns to make paper kente cloth. Recommended for ages 3-5.

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Registration Required
Wednesday February 28 6:30pm

Online (Virtual Room – West Oaks)

Event Categories: History, Culture, Genealogy

Feeling bogged down with too much paper from years of genealogical research? Explore options for going paperless and see how digital versions can actually enhance your research experience.

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Registration Required
Thursday February 29 12:00pm

Online (Virtual Room – West Oaks)

Event Categories: History, Culture, Genealogy

PERSI is the premier subject index for genealogy and local history periodicals. Discover how to use PERSI to further your genealogical research.

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Registration Required
Thursday February 29 4:30pm

Fairview Shores Branch (Meeting Room)

Event Categories: Education & Learning; History, Culture, Genealogy; Science & Math; Storytime

All Aboard to explore New Orleans with a quirky pirate crew! We’ll read a Cajun tale, create a craft and play trivia with everyone’s favorite parrot, Petey!

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Finding Your Roots

Newspapers

Registration Required
Tuesday March 5 1:00pm

Online (Virtual Room – West Oaks)

Event Categories: History, Culture, Genealogy

Join us as we explore how you can use newspapers to expand your family history research and learn more about your ancestors.

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Wednesday March 6 6:30pm

Online (Virtual Room – West Oaks)

Event Categories: History, Culture, Genealogy

Join us for our genetic genealogy study group. A copy of the book, The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine T. Bettinger is required to participate in this webinar series.

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Genealogy in the States

South Carolina

Registration Required
Thursday March 7 12:00pm

Online

Event Categories: History, Culture, Genealogy

Explore the rich research resources and collections that are held in a variety of archives and repositories in South Carolina. Discover what records are available and how to use them.

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Registration Required
Sunday March 10 11:00am

Online (Virtual Room – West Oaks)

Event Categories: History, Culture, Genealogy

Grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and join us for this Sunday morning genealogy hangout. Feel free to ask any type of genealogy question or propose a genealogy discussion topic.

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Finding Your Roots

City Directories

Registration Required
Tuesday March 12 1:00pm

Online (Virtual Room – West Oaks)

Event Categories: History, Culture, Genealogy

Learn how historical city directories can supplement your family’s genealogical research.

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Presidential Preference Primary Election Early Voting at Select Library Locations

Ten OCLS Branch locations will host early voting for the 2024 Early Voting Primary Election from Monday, March 4 to Sunday, March 17 (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.): Alafaya, Chickasaw, Fairview Shores, Hiawassee, South Creek, Southeast, Southwest, Washington Park, West Oaks, and Winter Garden. Learn more about early voting at select library locations >