Thursday, August 8, 2013

Lisa Alzo to Speak at My Childhood Library!

Looking for roots

As part of its year-long exhibit on immigrants from the Carpathian Mountains, and as an extension of its longtime focus on immigration and genealogy, the Slate Valley Museum in Granville will collaborate with the Pember Library & Museum to bring author Lisa Alzo in for a pair of workshops next week.

Alzo, who grew up in Duquesne, Pa., and lives in Ithaca, has a Masters in Fine Arts, is the author of nine books and hundreds of magazine articles and teaches online genealogy courses.

At 6 p.m. on Aug. 16, she will present a general class, “Find Your Roots Online,” at the Pember Library. Her talk will present methods for identifying and searching the most popular online databases and websites and will include tips and tricks to narrow searches for names, vital records and other documents.

She will also speak at 10 a.m. on Aug. 17 at the Slate Valley Museum with a more narrow focus, “Slovak Land or No Man’s Land: Finding Your Slovak and Rusyn Roots.”

The second session will focus on families with a Slovak and Carpatho-Rusyn ancestry and will provide an overview of how to find Slovak and Rusyn ancestors, including what sources (traditional and online) to consult, how to identify and locate the ancestral village, the similarities and differences between the two groups and tips for networking with other researchers. Major roadblocks to research will also be discussed.

For more information call the museum at 642-1417, or the library at 642-1515.

— Bill Toscano
Glens Falls [NY] Post Star

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