Ever wanted to get started looking for your ancestors? Or are you a seasoned researcher who has hit a “Brick Wall.” Or are you somewhere in between but can’t seem to find the time to work on the Family History. Do we have a great opportunity for you! On Saturday, January 13, 2024 from noon to 10 p.m. we will be holding our Annual Lock-In. You can come for a few hours or the entire time.
What is a lock-in? It is an opportunity to spend ten uninterrupted hours working on your family history. There will be volunteers there that can help you to get started if you are new to the process. For those of you who are more experienced, we can work together to brainstorm solutions to those Brick Walls that we all encounter. It is quite informal and very friendly.
We have five computers, or you can bring your own laptops if you wish. In addition to the computers, we have Ancestry, Family Search and Archiv Digital on our computers. We have hundreds of family files that local people have donated of the research they have done on their family. City Directories, town histories, Funeral Home records and cemetery records for Chautauqua County are some of the most used resources located at the library. Many of these are found nowhere else. Family Trees and Family Group sheets are available.
There will be at least two crock pots of food with snacks and desserts, bottled water, and pop. We ask each person coming to bring either a snack or a dessert. At 6 p.m. we send out for pizza. The cost for the day is $30 per person.
If you are new to the process, come armed with your parents’ and grandparents’ names and birth dates if you have them, and we will help you begin the journey. Consider joining us and perhaps we will share the Blown to Bits story again this year. To sign up call the Mansion at 716-664-6256.