Find Your Ancestors: 10 Must Haves for Genealogy and Family History Success

Amanda Meeks

Join Appleton Public Library on Zoom for a virtual genealogical program as part of our annual Find Your Ancestors series. Attendees must register in advance for this program by clicking the link below or copying the following address into your browser: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the program. Program topic: 10 Must Haves for Genealogy and Family History Success Whether you’re just “dabbling” in genealogy and researching your roots, or you’ve become a “hard core lifer” obsessed with “the hunt,” there are basic skills that family historians of all levels have in common. We’ll review ten skills that can help you find success researching online or in-person. …

Archive Spotlight: The Chas. E Martin Archive.

Public Archive Spotlight: The Chas. E Martin Archive 

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In a world that moves at breakneck speed, it’s easy to lose touch with our roots, the stories that bind us, and the people who shaped our lineage. The holiday season is the perfect time to gather your friends and family together to celebrate the traditions from the past that you’ve carried into the future. Public archives on Permanent make it easy to stay tethered to your family’s rich history, both past and present. This season, we’d like to shine a spotlight on the Chas. E. Martin Archive which acts as a hub for Chas.’s family to access photos of cherished faces and moments from the past. An Enduring Family Story “Family is everything. People …

Every Home has a Story: Researching Your and Your Ancestor’s Homes featuring speaker Kathy Nielsen

Amanda Meeks

Ever wondered about the history of the houses where your ancestors lived? Curious about the history of your own home? Each one has a story to tell. Every family has left their mark on their homes, just as these homes have left their mark on those who lived there. The census, maps, deeds, wills, photos, directories, and newspapers help us discover insights into our family’s homes. Online via Zoom. Registration Required. For details see

Getting Family Involved in Your Research

Amanda Meeks

As genealogists, we all understand how fascinating family history research can be, especially when you break down a brick wall or make an exciting discovery. So, naturally, our family members must be eager to get involved in our research and hear all about our discoveries…right? Unfortunately, for most of us, finding ways to get our relatives interested in family history is almost as much of a challenge as the research itself! Join us for this engaging panel discussion with our genealogists as they discuss their tips for getting family involved in your research—including strategies for sharing research findings, interviewing family members, asking relatives to take DNA tests, and more. This is the first episode in …

Genealogy Basics: Wills & Probate Records

Amanda Meeks

When other records are hard to find, especially before about 1850, wills and probate records may help fill the gaps. In the best circumstances, they include data about family members, age, death date, and more. Family relationships can be established, and details about the person’s economic status, as well as details about who is included and who is left out of bequests can add the human element to family history. Register online at: Questions? Contact Cathy at For details see

Gifting Resiliency via Family History

Amanda Meeks

Studies show that hearing family stories can help children become more resilient. Join us for an overview of these studies and their findings, followed by an open round table discussion. We’ve invited some special guests to share their unique insights and expertise. We think you’ll find it a dynamic and thought-provoking conversation. Register at For details see

Digitizing My Family Tree: Formats, Software, and Techniques

Amanda Meeks

Explore the digital options for saving your family history research. Explore the variety of desktop and web-based applications researchers can use for organizing their data. Review best practices for both using these applications and uploading digital scans of records to the software. Registration required Register at