As published in the Red Rock News
March is a great month for Arizona genealogists, and Sedona Public Library is here to help you explore your family tree with library resources and programming. This month, we invite you to learn more about the cultural phenomenon of home DNA testing from author Libby Copeland, enjoy at-home access to Ancestry Library Edition, and celebrate Arizona Genealogy Day with a virtual event.
Have you taken an at-home DNA test? If you have, then you are one of the more than 37 million people who have been tested! Author Libby Copeland has spent years researching the extraordinary cultural phenomenon of home DNA testing and how it is redefining family history. In our continuing partnership, Sedona Public Library, Cottonwood Public Library, and Camp Verde Community Library are happy to present a free Virtual Author Talk with award-winning journalist, Libby Copeland.
Join us on Thursday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom when Libby will discuss her book, The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are. This event is free, but seats are limited and registration is required. To register, please click here. This is a live-only event you won’t want to miss!
Interested in researching your own family history and genealogy? With your Sedona Public Library card, you can instantly access hundreds of years of history through Ancestry Library Edition at sedonalibrary.org. Ancestry Library Edition is one of the most important genealogical collections available today and is an essential resource for any family historian. Discover over 30,000 databases with resources such as historical documents and photos, local narratives, and oral histories spanning all the way from the 1500s through present day.
Ancestry Library Edition has extended at-home access through June, 2021, so head over to the “Tools & Databases” page under the “Resources” tab at sedonalibrary.org to get started on your family research or to continue exploring your family tree--all from the comfort of your own home.
Arizona Genealogy Day is another event to help family historians understand and utilize local genealogy resources. Through a collaboration with the Arizona Genealogical Advisory Board and the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records, Arizona Genealogy Day is a free and virtual event on Saturday, March 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Several experts will present at this event on helpful genealogy topics such as how to begin researching Irish genealogy and how to access the Arizona Memory Project, a fantastic resource providing free digital access to a vast amount of primary sources from Arizona archives, museums, and libraries. To register for this free virtual event, click here.
We hope you will find these genealogy resources helpful and interesting! Sedona Public Library is happy to continue planning interesting programming and provide information on our great Library resources. Remember, we’re here for you, 24/7. Please call (928) 282-7714 if you have questions about these or any of our events or services.
Sedona Public Library is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization. Please support your library by making a gift at sedonalibrary.org/donate, or mail your donation to Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona AZ 86336. Thank you!
Sedona Public Library
Column for March 19, 2021
Written by Chelsea Burk, Program & Marketing Coordinator
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News.