Below are the current Genealogy Programs that the Huntsville Public Library offers:
The Walker County Genealogical Society, in collaboration with Huntsville Public Library, will present “Beginning Genealogy” on Tuesday, October 4 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Dickenson Genealogy Room. Although this is a beginner-level offering, researchers of all levels are invited and will learn different and new techniques of researching, including how to access many different genealogy websites. WCGS member Emmy Bushman will demonstrate how to set up individual Family Group Sheets and Five-Generation Ancestor Charts. Be sure to bring with you all information on your grandparents and great-grandparents, including birth and death dates. Register here or for more information, please contact Adult Services Coordinator Mary Kokot at 936-291-5471.
State-Wide 2022 Genealogy Lock-In
Huntsville Public Library, in cooperation with the Walker County Genealogical Society, will host the state-wide 2022 Genealogy Network of Texas event in celebration of Family History Month. Presentations take place from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 21 at the Huntsville Public Library. Join us in the Staggs Community Room for this unique genealogical event. This is the third year Huntsville Public Library will be participating in this event so please come and help make it a huge success! The event is FREE, and registration is encouraged but not required. Register here or call Adult Services Coordinator Mary Kokot at 936-291-5471. Reservations may be made at the door for $10 Gumbo/Chili plates from the Forrest Masonic Lodge #19 fundraiser. The programs are provided by the Genealogy Network of Texas (GNT), a state-wide initiative to connect libraries/genealogical societies and provide educational and research opportunities that is spearheaded by the Genealogy Center of the Waco-McLennan County Library. Co-sponsors include the Central Texas Genealogical Society and the Texas State Genealogical Society.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.