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Apalachicola library to host ‘Family History Friday’

In honor of ‘Older Americans Month’ first designated by John F. Kennedy, the Apalachicola Margaret Key Public Library is announcing its status as a FamilySearch Affiliate Library, one of only a few hundred such libraries in the country. 

In celebration, the library will hold a Family History Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 20, highlighting tools and resources on how to begin or build upon family history research. 

Plan to bring computers or iPads, and any documents such as dates of births, marriage, deaths and locations of relatives. 

The library will make 10 free copies available to those attending, and offer free scanning equipment, and assistance in navigating the FamilySearch website.

FamilySearch, the largest genealogy organization in existence, each year adds over 300 million free genealogical records and images from all over the world. Family Search also manages the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, which has amassed billions of birth, marriage, death, census, land and court records from more than 130 countries to help people discover and make family connections.

St. George Island resident and avid FamilySearch enthusiast Brooke Hunter is the library’s volunteer Family Search liaison, and will be on hand to answer any questions.

“Libraries are wonderful local gathering places for learning. We are excited to have the Apalachicola Margaret Key Public Library as our newest FamilySearch Affiliate Library. It helps FamilySearch expand opportunities for personal discoveries and family connections, to the local community,” said Paul Nauta, FamilySearch public relations manager.

Email Librarian Lucy Carter at lcarter@cityofapalachicola.com for more information.

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