Intro to US Church Records: Why We Care Where Grandma Went to Church, with Sunny Jane Morton

Amanda Meeks

“Intro to U.S. Church Records: Why We Care Where Grandma Went to Church” presented by Sunny Jane Morton. U.S. church records of many denominations can reveal ancestor’s vital events, family relationships, overseas birthplaces, and other residences and religious lives. From the co-author of the acclaimed book How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records, learn what these records may look like, how to identify an ancestral church, locate extant records, and access them. Please register on our Events page if you are interested in receiving a Zoom Invitation to join us for our Virtual Chapter Meeting and Program: For details see

Help! I Don’t Speak the Language: Tips and Tricks for Deciphering Foreign Language Records

Amanda Meeks

Learn the must-know tips and tricks that will make reading those foreign-language genealogical records much easier. From Microsoft Word hacks to invaluable online resources, discover the tools you need to make translating those foreign records much simpler – and much more fun. Registration is required and closes one hour prior to the start of the program. Participants will be emailed a Zoom access code the day of the program. Please include your email in the registration. Please note: You must sign into the room prior to the start of the program. Admittance to the classroom will close five minutes after the program’s start time. All start times are Central Standard Time. Space is limited. For …

Getting Started with Jewish Genealogy: Local History and Genealogy Collections

Amanda Meeks

Join librarians from the Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History, and Genealogy and the Dorot Jewish Division as they walk you through the initial steps of Jewish genealogical research. This session will focus on genealogy basics, resources in the Local History and Genealogy collection, and utilizing online databases. This class requires registration. For details see

Genealogy Series: US Federal Census: 1900-1950

Amanda Meeks

With the advent of the 20th century, new immigration patterns, and a growth in government agencies, more questions were added to the US Federal Decennial Census and then removed. Learn what questions were asked, and how to find your ancestors in these documents. This is a hybrid in-person/online event. You can attend in-person at the Headquarters Library, or you can participate virtually via Zoom. To attend virtually, please use the link below to register for this program: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing additional information about joining the meeting. For details see

5 Ways to Involve Others in Your Family History Research

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When researching your family’s history, it is important to think about your legacy and how you envision your work continuing after you’re gone. At Permanent, we’ve developed legacy planning features to give you peace of mind that your archives and research won’t get lost to time, and that your wishes will be honored and carried out by a person of your choosing. However, many people have told us that although they have a great passion for their family history research, they have trouble identifying someone that they can trust to pass on their research to.  This holiday season, use some of our tips with your friends and family to recruit the next generation of family …

Family History Project Ideas

Amanda Meeks

These very special brainstorming sessions will allow anyone with a story to tell to bring their tale to this open lab to sort through the best way to tell it as a family history project. Today’s digital storytelling tools are so wide and deep that they can be intimidating. As a community, we’ll brainstorm and share ideas for tips, techniques, and tools that might make your storytelling effort easier. The idea for this program is to keep it to just an hour so that we can be efficient with time and generous with ideas. Your host, Barbara Tien, is one of the co-founders at and the “ring leader” here in our post-Ponga community. We use these programs …

Playing for Ancestors

Amanda Meeks

We know that it’s stories that stick. If you want children engaged in the stories of their ancestors, work the stories into their games. Children are also naturally curious, so adding story cues into playthings can make the stories all the more interesting. Ahead of this year’s holiday season, we’ve been looking at projects that might be gifts — with the hook of family history. On Nov-30, we’ll feature Simon Davies, Projectkin member and founder of WeAre…[xyz] to talk about a project he’s created for his own family. The project customizes standard playing cards with the stories and photographs of each of 52 ancestors (#52Ancestors). The secret to this project is the combination of ordinary playing cards with an …