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Museum to host program on genealogy March 6

If you have ever wondered if that family story about your infamous great uncle was true, or if the statue in the town square was a blood relative, or where great grandpa met his third wife, you will want to attend Genealogy 101, a free program that will take place at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the Polk County Historical Museum.

According to USA Today, the only hobby more popular than genealogy is gardening. On the internet, genealogy is the second most visited category after “adults only.”

Tracking down ancestors is a hobby for many and an obsession for some. Meet a few of the obsessed in our area and learn what they have found about their local  ancestries of bootleggers and revenuers, preachers and soldiers, and hard-working folks raising very large families. Many of the names will probably be familiar.

Genealogy docents and researchers at the museum, Pam Canfield, Joyce Goree and Pat McCool, will define genealogy, and share the many reasons and rewards of researching ancestors.

You will hear tips and techniques on how to get started, and learn that an attentive walk in a cemetery works well with online browsing.

This program will also be a sneak peek at the museum’s new genealogy center. Learn the mission, contents, services of the center and how to use them.

The grand opening event is in April.

Share the enthusiasm for the heritage and history of where we live.

Polk County Historical Museum is located at 60 Walker St., Columbus. Entrance is on the lower level at the rear of the building.

For info, call 828-894-3351 or visit www.polknchistory.org

– Submitted byVincent Verrecchio