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Here’s how you can find out information on your ancestors for free

Slover Library in Downtown Norfolk (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy Slover Library)
Slover Library in Downtown Norfolk (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy Slover Library)

NORFOLK — Sleuths, history buffs, researchers, and those curious about their family’s past might want to take advantage of the Slover Library’s “Genealogy Bootcamp” on Saturday.

In partnership with the Norfolk Public Library and the Virginia Beach Genealogical Society, the program is part of the 3rd Annual Genealogy Conference at the Slover.

Workshops will be taught by Slover staff and historians and include classes like “Genealogy Defined,” which will provide strategies for traversing the maze of information involved in genealogical research, such as identifying records and their locations, using vital records, charting, researching ethnic American ancestors, and genealogy databases.

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A lecture titled “Your Ancestors in the Military” will focus on some of the major sets of introductory records, strategies, techniques, and drawbacks of records from the Colonial era through the Vietnam conflict that can be used to discover facts about your ancestors while in service.

There will also be two separate workshops focusing on how to best research Colonial-era and WWI records.

Attendees will also learn how to research the history of their property, best practices for preserving your personal archives, how to leverage burial records and cemetery info, how to apply for membership in a lineage society — like Daughters of the American Revolution, for example — and what to do when your research hits a dead end.

The bootcamp runs 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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