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Genealogy Day Highlights History

As people get older, she said, they might have the desire to capture stories, but everyone probably has their own reason for exploring their family's past. If people were wondering what to do with historic documents or photographs the museum can help with those concerns. Also, they can help explain what those documents mean and what is the significance.

"Sometimes it is not a lot of information, but it is something tangible to connect to the past," said Chansky. "We always want to know who we are and what were about and better understanding our family."

She said even if people don't have families that lived in Schenectady the society staff can help locate other areas to do research and help with online databases.

The event will begin with Frank Taormina, a retired teacher and long-time Schenectady resident, describing the ethnic character of the City of Schenectady's places of worship.

Then Robert Sullivan, reference librarian at the Schenectady County Public Library, will explain various websites people can use to scan through digital copies of historic newspapers and how to use them to research family history.

"The newspapers are very useful for a lot of family research along with local history," said Chansky. "It is interesting what you turn up under a name search."

Kim Mabee, of the Mabee Farm descendants, will share her story of researching her family and then Chansky will share suggestions on organizing family records, starting a family tree and websites that are good for beginning genealogists.

"It is defiantly both entertaining, informative and educational," said Chansky. "You can go years without doing genealogy, but you will usually come back to it eventually.""

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