Genealogy Programming

Below are the  current Genealogy Programs that the Huntsville Public Library offers:

Lineage Society workshop 2022Lineage Society Workshop

Huntsville Public Library will host its 31st annual Lineage Society Workshop on Thursday, June 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and the public is encouraged to attend.

The workshop will be held in the Staggs Community Room and participants will receive assistance with preparation of lineage applications to any patriotic or lineage society (women and men).  Attendees will have an hour for independent lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

 “Anyone interested in joining a lineage society is invited to participate,” said Mary Kokot, Adult Services Coordinator. “Bring any genealogical and family history materials you have, such as birth, death, and marriage certificates, Bible records, land records, etc. If in doubt, bring it along.  Handouts and worksheets will be provided and assistants will be available to help you prepare your lineage papers.”

The workshop is taught by Professional Genealogist Johnnie Jo Sowell Dickenson and is sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution Mary Martin Elmore Scott Chapter and Huntsville Public Library. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required.  To attend the workshop and receive the handouts and worksheets, interested parties can register at the library or you can register here. For any additional information, please call Library Adult Services Coordinator Mary Kokot at 936-291-5471.

Preserving Your Story

Preserving Your Story

The Walker County Genealogical Society (WCGS) and the Huntsville Public Library are beginning a joint, community-wide project to preserve the local history of the Covid-19 Pandemic. A major health and historical event, the pandemic has touched the lives of everyone in Walker County, and its aftermath will continue to affect our citizens well into the future. What have we learned that the next generation needs to know?  We want to record your personal stories so today’s experiences can become part of tomorrow's collective memory.

WCGS president Johnnie Jo Dickenson reminds us, “Many of us have lost cousins or other family members and were unable to attend their funerals. We have had to cancel annual family reunions.  Let's involve the children. They have missed sleepovers, birthday parties, and their school life has been so different than years before. Let them tell their stories. Each of us has a different story to tell. It is important to the history of our community that these stories be recorded for future generations. Please help us with this project. Your story is important.”

The Walker County Genealogical Society will preserve these stories in their archives for future generations as a part of Walker County history. Email your story to info@wcgen.com or mail it to WCGS, P.O. Box 1295, Huntsville, TX 77342-1295. If you need help writing down your memories, contact the Library Adult Services Coordinator Mary Kokot at 936-291-5471 and she will arrange for someone to help record your thoughts and have them transcribed. Alternatively, you may drop your story off at Huntsville Public Library or email to mkokot@huntsvilletx.gov.