Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Compiling Family History: One Journey, Many Lives

Monday October 22, 7:00 p.m.

Seniors: while you still have the energy and most of your marbles, leave a record of your life -- for your descendants and for history! NAT READ will discuss the strategies in compiling and documenting family histories as part of the San Marino Historical Society’s celebration of the City’s Centennial, Monday evening, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. at Crowell Public Library

Do it while you are still able is the theme of the presentation. Learn about structuring, presenting and storing your family history via family group record sheets, pedigree charts and cousin finders. Nat Read will speak about the many databases and resources which are now available online, in addition to your friendly reference librarian. Learn interviewing techniques to apply to as many family members as possible. The pursuit of gathering vital records such as birth, death and marriage certificates will also be covered, in addition to obituaries, military and cemetery records, headstones, census records, and joining genealogical societies. Handling photograph is also included, especially the importance of labeling them who, where and when.

Nat Read has written several historical books and served on the board of the Pasadena Historical Society. His own life was told in One Journey, Many Trails which recounted the life of a newspaper delivery boy, golf caddie, bowling pin setter, busboy, Nevada casino change maker, super in the New York Metropolitan Opera, exchange student to the USSR, cabbie, U.S. Navy captain, civil rights marcher, cartoonist, copywriter, stand-up comic, bank director and author of the book Don Benito Wilson: From Mountain Man to Mayor.
Find out how easy it to get hooked on history, Monday, October 22 at Crowell Public Library.