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 9th Annual Genealogy Lock-In on Friday, Oct. 6, 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. Advanced registration is required at omahalibrary.org or 402-444-4826.

Library staff and GOGS members will be available to help participants open the doors to their past by discovering genealogical treasures in OPL’s collection and online. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops and flash drives if desired, and a valid Omaha Public Library card. Computer guest passes will be available for participants who are not residents of Douglas County.

During the event, professional genealogist, speaker and author Gail Blankenau will present, “Take All to Nebraska: How They Came,” examining the great migration into the heart of America, from Nebraska's opening of settlement in 1854 into the 20th century. She will tell the stories of different families to illustrate how their experiences were both unique and representative of the broader American narrative. Using case studies, Blankenau examines a wide variety of sources and methods for incorporating family migration stories into family histories.

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, 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 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.