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The Archives and History Library of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History will hold its next meeting of the Genealogy Club on Thursday, Feb. 10, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Bob Fish of Parkersburg will discuss “Lineage Societies.” The club will meet in the library at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. All sessions are free and the public is invited to attend.

Fish will cover the role of societies such as the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in honoring our country’s history and heroes and in preserving each family’s individual lineage history.

The program also will address how to get started on family research, how to record your work, and how to make sure your results are correct. Fish says, “With computer-aided ancestry search programs and the Internet, there’s a lot more information available, but not all of it is correct. This makes the search more exciting and challenging.”

At the conclusion of the meeting, volunteer genealogists from the SAR and DAR will be available to meet with anyone who is interested in discussing his or her own lineage research with the goal of becoming a member of the SAR or DAR.

Widely regarded as an expert genealogist, Fish is past president of the West Virginia Society of the SAR and a member of the SAR’s national genealogy committee.

Advance registration for the program is not required, but is encouraged to help plan seating arrangements and ensure plenty of supplies and handouts, if provided, are available.

To register in advance, contact Robert Taylor, library manager, at (304) 558-0230, ext. 163, or by e-mail at ,a href=”mailto:[email protected]”>[email protected] Participants interested in registering by e-mail should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session. For additional information about the workshop, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.

The Genealogy Club meets on the second Thursday of each month. It is not necessary to be a club member to attend the sessions.

The Archives and History Library is open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday. The library is closed on Sunday.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary. The Division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the Division’s programs, events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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