Genealogy Programming

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

Lineage Society Workshop

The Huntsville Public Library will host its 30 th annual Lineage Society Workshop on Thursday, June 10, 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 in 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 & family materials you have, i.e. birth, death, and marriage certificates, Bible records, land records, etc. If in doubt, bring it along.  Help will be available to assist in preparing your lineage papers, and worksheets and handouts will be furnished.” 

The workshop is taught by Johnnie Jo Sowell Dickenson, Professional Genealogist, and is sponsored by the Mary Martin Elmore Scott Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution and the 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 here. For any additional information, call Kokot at 936- 291-5471. Due to Covid-19 concerns, please be advised that the event is subject to cancellation.

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 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 Adult Services Coordinator, Mary Kokot, at the library, (936) 291-5471 and she will arrange for someone to help record your thoughts and have them transcribed. Alternatively, drop it off at Huntsville Public Library or email mkokot@huntsvilletx.gov.