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Finding Your Roots Online:

A Genealogy Course Focusing on Online Records

2018-08-29 18:30:00 2018-08-29 19:30:00 America/New_York Finding Your Roots Online: Come join us for this reinvented genealogy research series which will focus on locating online sources for key genealogical record groups. West Oaks Branch Library and Genealogy Center

Wednesday, August 29
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Add to Calendar 2018-08-29 18:30:00 2018-08-29 19:30:00 America/New_York Finding Your Roots Online: Come join us for this reinvented genealogy research series which will focus on locating online sources for key genealogical record groups. West Oaks Branch Library and Genealogy Center

Come join us for this reinvented genealogy research series which will focus on locating online sources for key genealogical record groups.

Come join us for this reinvented genealogy research series which will focus on locating online sources for key genealogical record groups.

Feel free to attend all five sessions or pick and choose the ones that are most helpful to you.

Locating Vital Records Online - Wednesday, June 20th at 6:30 PM

Births, Marriages, and Deaths are important pieces of information for your family history. Become familiar with the key sources for locating your ancestors’ vital records and discover a few workarounds when the records you need aren’t available.

 

Locating Land Records Online - Wednesday, June 27th at 6:30 PM

Land records are often an underutilized resource for genealogy. Come learn about deeds, mortgages, platting, and surveys. Discover the difference between metes and bounds states and public land record states. Uncover how land records can help you jumpstart your research.

 

Locating Estates, Wills, and Probate Records Online - Wednesday, July 25th at 6:30 PM

Learn what these records are, where they are located, and how to best utilize them in your family history research. Topics to be discussed will include wills, indexes, estate inventories, newspaper notices, bonds, settlements, and guardianships.

 

Locating Immigration Records Online - Wednesday, August 29th at 6:30 PM

Immigration records are an incredibly rich source of information for the family historian. See how to learn more about your family’s history by using passenger lists, passports, alien registration cards, and naturalization records. A brief overview of the laws that caused the creation of these records will also be presented.

 

Locating Church and Cemetery Records Online - Wednesday, September 19th at 6:30 PM

Church and cemetery records are a strong source of information for births, marriages and deaths especially in the period before the civil registration of vital statistics. Discover what type of information is contained in these records, how to access them, and how they can help enhance your family history research.

West Oaks Branch Library and Genealogy Center

Phone: 407-835-7323

Hours
Mon, Sep 17 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Sep 18 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Sep 19 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Sep 20 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Sep 21 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sat, Sep 22 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Sep 23 1:00PM to 6:00PM

About the branch

LYNX Bus Link 125 Silver Star Rd.
LYNX Bus Link 27 Ocoee / Winter Garden

The construction of the West Oaks Branch was funded by the Library System and a Florida Library Construction Grant.

Genealogy Center Blog

Learn about the Genealogy Collection!

Upcoming events

Sarchet Community Room
Sun, Sep 23, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Can you help your animal friends learn to count? Come learn counting skills with fun activities and crafts! Recommended for preschoolers.

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Sep 24, 10:15am - 10:45am
The use of picture books, songs and told stories will encourage your child to read, talk, sing, write and play.

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Sep 24, 10:45am - 11:05am
The use of picture books, finger plays, songs and flannel board stories will encourage the development of verbal and listening skills for this active age group.

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Sep 24, 11:15am - 11:35am
The rhythm and repetition of nursery rhymes are used to introduce very young children to literature. Hold your child in your lap and enjoy this special time together.

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Sep 24, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
New to sewing and ready for that first simple project? These easy to make coasters make great gifts for many occasions. Ages: Adults
This event is full

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Mon, Sep 24, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Create a free e-mail account. Learn how to navigate the environment, including the Inbox, the Reading pane, and the Compose area. Recommended Audience: Adults

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Sep 24, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
This 4 week series will prepare you to become a U.S. citizen. Learn everything you'll need to know to pass the U.S. Naturalization (Citizenship) Test and Interview.
Registration is now closed

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Mon, Sep 24, 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Learn how to compose and send e-mail messages with attachments. Become familiar with replying and forwarding messages. Recommended Audience: Adult

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Tue, Sep 25, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Turn scanned drawings into sleek vector graphics. Apply several design techniques and use common editing tools to trace and color artwork as well as manage objects and layers.

Sarchet Community Room
Tue, Sep 25, 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Come join us for this genealogy research series which will focus on researching European ancestors. 

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Tue, Sep 25, 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Design professional-looking stationery using Adobe Illustrator. Create and arrange text and image assets and use masks, transparency, and blending modes to create eye-catching designs.

Sarchet Community Room
Tue, Sep 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Come to the library and enjoy a story or activity as our talented library storytellers entertain ages 18 and up! Each branch will have a unique storytime. Click for more information.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Tue, Sep 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Build your business logo using graphic design theory for concepts, color, and font choices. Learn the basics of designing a business logo using vector graphics tools.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Tue, Sep 25, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Learn how to create an easy to use website where you can publish your thoughts, comments or pictures so you can share with family and friends. Recommended Audience: Adult

Sarchet Community Room
Tue, Sep 25, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Symmetry is all around us! Learn to identify it and create some symmetrical art for yourself. Recommended for lower and upper elementary.

Sarchet Community Room
Wed, Sep 26, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Let's make your first sewing project quick and easy. Learn to sew pull-on shorts from start to finish using patterns, fabric and professional sewing machines in this 2-day class series. Ages: Adults
Registration is now closed

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Wed, Sep 26, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Schedule and manage projects easily, and assign tasks and resources efficiently using Gantt and PERT charts with this free open-source application.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Wed, Sep 26, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Discover a new language to learn. Use Mango Languages to learn over 35 languages in a fun and interactive way.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Wed, Sep 26, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Want to trace your family history? Learn tips and tricks on how to find information by exploring the Ancestry Library Edition database offered free at the library. #genealogy

Sarchet Community Room
Wed, Sep 26, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
The Archives of Ontario collects, manages, and preserves the significant records of Ontario and promotes public access to Ontario’s documentary heritage.

Sarchet Community Room
Thu, Sep 27, 11:00am - 12:00pm
FamilySearch is a tremendous and free source for family history research. Learn how to navigate this website and how to make the most of the information that it contains.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Thu, Sep 27, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Learn how to build a website that responds and adapts to the size of the screen through the use of responsive HTML5 and CSS code. Recommended Audience: Adult

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Thu, Sep 27, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Learn how to build your own website. Start with WordPress, which offers lots of options for skinning your site the way you want it. Recommended Audience: Adult

Sarchet Community Room
Thu, Sep 27, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
What kind of pet would you like? Maybe a tiger or a really big snake? What’s wrong with having a wild animal as a pet? Its “wild vs domestic” in this up close look at the best bet for a great pet.

Sarchet Community Room
Thu, Sep 27, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join other new English speakers for conversational English practice each Thursday at the West Oaks Branch Library and Genealogy Center.

Sarchet Community Room
Fri, Sep 28, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Want to learn how to create your own lanyard for school, work ,a gift, or just as a cute accessory? We show you how to create one from start to finish! Ages: Adults.

Sarchet Community Room
Fri, Sep 28, 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Are you stuck on a sewing project? Do you need help with a pattern, quilt or garment? Do you simply need to practice your new sewing skills? Ages: Adults

Sarchet Community Room
Sat, Sep 29, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Can you discover all of the clues hidden by the crazy librarian? Use your best detective skills to find the hidden treasure! Recommended for upper elementary. Registration required.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Sat, Sep 29, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Start crocheting today! Learn to chain, single crochet, and how to fasten off your work.

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Oct 01, 10:15am - 10:45am
The use of picture books, songs and told stories will encourage your child to read, talk, sing, write and play.

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Oct 01, 10:45am - 11:05am
The use of picture books, finger plays, songs and flannel board stories will encourage the development of verbal and listening skills for this active age group.

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Oct 01, 11:15am - 11:35am
The rhythm and repetition of nursery rhymes are used to introduce very young children to literature. Hold your child in your lap and enjoy this special time together.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Mon, Oct 01, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Take your first steps into the world of computing. Discover the essential parts of and types of computers, as well as the basics of using a computer for the first time.

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Oct 01, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
This 4 week series will prepare you to become a U.S. citizen. Learn everything you'll need to know to pass the U.S. Naturalization (Citizenship) Test and Interview.
Registration is now closed

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Mon, Oct 01, 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Learn how to use the mouse and keyboard to navigate within the computer's interface. Practice using these two devices with hands-on exercises and online resources.

Sarchet Community Room
Tue, Oct 02, 10:30am - 11:30am
Local artist Delores Williams presents this free art workshop. If there is an aspiring artist in you, join us and learn the basics of pencil sketching landscapes! 

Sarchet Community Room
Tue, Oct 02, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Come to the library and enjoy a story or activity as our talented library storytellers entertain ages 18 and up! Each branch will have a unique storytime. Click for more information.

Sarchet Community Room
Tue, Oct 02, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Experience the flavors of fall as we demonstrate a recipe for whole wheat pumpkin muffins & pumpkin butter. Space is limited & registration is required.

Sarchet Community Room
Tue, Oct 02, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Come join us for this genealogy research series which will focus on researching European ancestors. 

Sarchet Community Room
Wed, Oct 03, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Received your DNA test results and don't know what to do next?

Sarchet Community Room
Thu, Oct 04, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Let's get organized!

Sarchet Community Room
Thu, Oct 04, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Have a ''character breakfast'' with a classic Mickey Waffle! Slice, spread and sprinkle delicious toppings for a magical treat. Registration required. Recommended for preschoolers.

Sarchet Community Room
Thu, Oct 04, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join other new English speakers for conversational English practice each Thursday at the West Oaks Branch Library and Genealogy Center.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Sat, Oct 06, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Are you stuck on your Halloween project? Do you need help with a pattern, quilt or garment? Do you simply need to practice your new sewing skills?

Sarchet Community Room
Sat, Oct 06, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Scrapbook, journal, cookbook, planner? Bring your creativity and explore all the possibilities of altered books. All materials will be provided. Recommended for teens and adults.

Sarchet Community Room
Sat, Oct 06, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Join in the savings! Become a savvy saver by sharing coupons and savings tips at this monthly meeting. This month: decorate a coffee mug while clipping coupons! Supplies will be provided.

Sarchet Community Room
Sun, Oct 07, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Join us for an all-levels FREE yoga class! Yoga is a great way to improve the health of your body and mind. Step out of your comfort zone and join us for an experience you won't forget!

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Oct 08, 10:15am - 10:45am
The use of picture books, songs and told stories will encourage your child to read, talk, sing, write and play.

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Oct 08, 10:45am - 11:05am
The use of picture books, finger plays, songs and flannel board stories will encourage the development of verbal and listening skills for this active age group.

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Oct 08, 11:15am - 11:35am
The rhythm and repetition of nursery rhymes are used to introduce very young children to literature. Hold your child in your lap and enjoy this special time together.

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Oct 08, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
All are welcome to participate meet new people and make friends while playing educational board games and learning about library resources.  

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Mon, Oct 08, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Learn how to properly place your hands on the keyboard and enhance your typing skills by using the Web-based TypingMaster program.

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Oct 08, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
This 4 week series will prepare you to become a U.S. citizen. Learn everything you'll need to know to pass the U.S. Naturalization (Citizenship) Test and Interview.
Registration is now closed

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Mon, Oct 08, 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Enhance your typing skills by using the Web-based TypingMaster program.

Sarchet Community Room
Tue, Oct 09, 11:00am - 12:00pm
So you want to learn more about your family's history but don't know where to begin?

Sarchet Community Room
Tue, Oct 09, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Come to the library and enjoy a story or activity as our talented library storytellers entertain ages 18 and up! Each branch will have a unique storytime. Click for more information.

Sarchet Community Room
Tue, Oct 09, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Paint and create a masterpiece to honor our veterans. Spend time painting with a local veteran and learn about their time serving our country. Registration required. Ages 6 and up.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Wed, Oct 10, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Who knew Microsoft Word could be so much fun? Design a personalized sign for your room! Learn how to properly use the mouse to move pictures using drag and drop, and use the keyboard to type.

Sarchet Community Room
Wed, Oct 10, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Early tombstone iconography reflects the attitudes that our ancestors held about death.

Sarchet Community Room
Thu, Oct 11, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Join us for our genetic genealogy study group and learn how DNA test results can help to confirm, extend, and deepen your genealogical research. Registration Required.
Registration is now closed

Sarchet Community Room
Thu, Oct 11, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grab your backpacks and let's go, vámanos! Join in on the adventure to create crafts and hear stories inspired by Dora the Explorer and her amigos. Recommended for toddlers and preschoolers.

Sarchet Community Room
Thu, Oct 11, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join other new English speakers for conversational English practice each Thursday at the West Oaks Branch Library and Genealogy Center.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Sat, Oct 13, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Learn about African American History, Heritage and Genealogy.

Sarchet Community Room
Sat, Oct 13, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Wood you like to make great DIY art pieces to show off? Stop by to learn how to make birch tree paintings while hanging out with friends. Recommended for tweens and teens.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Sat, Oct 13, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Are you stuck on your Halloween project? Do you need help with a pattern, quilt or garment? Do you simply need to practice your new sewing skills?

Sarchet Community Room
Sun, Oct 14, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Eek a spider! Don’t be scared. Join us for not-so-creepy, crawly crafts and stories about our eight-legged friends. Ages 2–4.

West Oaks - Children's Area
Mon, Oct 15, 10:15am - 10:45am
The use of picture books, songs and told stories will encourage your child to read, talk, sing, write and play.

West Oaks - Children's Area
Mon, Oct 15, 10:45am - 11:05am
The use of picture books, finger plays, songs and flannel board stories will encourage the development of verbal and listening skills for this active age group.

West Oaks - Children's Area
Mon, Oct 15, 11:15am - 11:35am
The rhythm and repetition of nursery rhymes are used to introduce very young children to literature. Hold your child in your lap and enjoy this special time together.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Mon, Oct 15, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Get up and running with computers. Learn how to navigate the computer desktop and how to perform various techniques in manipulating windows using basic mouse and keyboard techniques.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Mon, Oct 15, 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Get your computer skills racing. Learn how to create, rename, delete, and organize files and folders on your computer.

West Oaks - Children's Area
Tue, Oct 16, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
It doesn’t make sense to me! Find out what you never knew you didn’t know with wacky common sense games. Recommended for tweens and teens.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Wed, Oct 17, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Discover the history of your family and create your own family tree. Learn the basics of genealogical research using popular databases.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Wed, Oct 17, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Learn how to get more out of Ancestry Library Edition and Ancestry.com.

West Oaks - Children's Area
Thu, Oct 18, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
They come out at night and they zig zag through the sky above. Journey to a library cave with stories and activities all about bats! Recommended for toddlers and preschoolers.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Thu, Oct 18, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join other new English speakers for conversational English practice each Thursday at the West Oaks Branch Library and Genealogy Center.

West Oaks - Children's Area
Sat, Oct 20, 11:00am - 12:00pm
From poisonous frogs to parasitic worms, learn about the most feared creatures on the planet. Come enjoy trivia, activities, and crafts. Recommended for upper elementary.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Sat, Oct 20, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Knitting and Crochet Club - Have a great time knitting or crocheting while mingling with other Central Florida fiber artists.

Sarchet Community Room
Mon, Oct 22, 9:00am - 7:00pm
Early Voting will take place from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

West Oaks - Children's Area
Mon, Oct 22, 10:15am - 10:45am
The use of picture books, songs and told stories will encourage your child to read, talk, sing, write and play.

West Oaks - Children's Area
Mon, Oct 22, 10:45am - 11:05am
The use of picture books, finger plays, songs and flannel board stories will encourage the development of verbal and listening skills for this active age group.

West Oaks - Children's Area
Mon, Oct 22, 11:15am - 11:35am
The rhythm and repetition of nursery rhymes are used to introduce very young children to literature. Hold your child in your lap and enjoy this special time together.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Mon, Oct 22, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Learn Internet concepts and terminology. Become familiar with Web browsers while surfing the Web.

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Mon, Oct 22, 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Learn about search engines and search techniques to help you find exactly what you are looking for on the Web.

Sarchet Community Room
Tue, Oct 23, 9:00am - 7:00pm
Early Voting will take place from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

West Oaks - Ask at Desk
Tue, Oct 23, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Come join us for this genealogy research series which will focus on researching European ancestors. 

West Oaks - Technology Classroom
Tue, Oct 23, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Design cinematic visual effects and sophisticated motion graphics using shapes, layers, type tools and more. Learn the essentials of advanced animation and compositing.

West Oaks - Children's Area
Tue, Oct 23, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Boo! Share your spooky stories with us, and we will share some spooky and not-so spooky games and crafts with you. Recommended for upper elementary.