Kick off Family History Month with Omaha Public Library’s Genealogy Lock-In

Learn more about one of the best genealogy collections in the Midwest by attending a program designed for anyone interested in genealogy. Omaha Public Library (OPL) and the Greater Omaha Genealogical Society (GOGS) will host the 10th Annual Genealogy Lock-In on Friday, Oct. 5, 6:30-9 p.m., W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded to lucky participants. Parking stubs from Omaha Park One (15th & Douglas) will be validated for program participants. Advance registration is required at omahalibrary.org or 402-444-4826.

Library staff and GOGS members will be available to help participants with their family history research by sharing genealogical treasures in OPL’s collection and online. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops and flash drives, if desired. Computer guest passes will be available for participants who do not have a valid Omaha Public Library card.

During the event, professional genealogist Marcia Stewart will present “Your Ancestors and the Company They Kept.” The presentation will cover the cluster research strategy and how it can help to solve family history puzzles.

This year’s event will help to kick off Family History Month in October. OPL offers many opportunities year round to begin or continue researching family history using OPL’s extensive genealogy resources, such as MyHeritage, Ancestry Library Edition, Nebraska Digital Sanborn Maps, Omaha Star Digital Archives, and the Gilbert M. and Martha H. Hitchcock Omaha World-Herald Digital Archive.

“There are so many resources available at the library for discovering one’s family history,” said Genealogy and Local History Librarian Martha Grenzeback. “OPL would like to show people how to use online databases, special collections, and more to learn more about their past.”

Visit omahalibrary.org for information about additional programs and services offered at Omaha Public Library’s 12 metro locations.