If you’re into family history or know a genealogist, you know the passion for finding ancestral roots—and the disappointment when you’re on a roll and the library closes! Well, here’s a chance to dig to your heart’s content.
On Thursday, March 16, at 8 p.m., join the North Pines Genealogy Group and Merrill’s T.B. Scott Free Library for the library’s second annual Genealogy Lock-In.
While the library will close at 8 p.m. for general operations, if you arrive by 8 p.m. and are doing family history research, you’ll be able to stay and research until you leave. Last year, patrons stayed to research until 11 p.m.
Members of the North Pines Genealogy Group, many of whose members have decades of genealogical research experience, will be on hand to help with questions. NPGG is based in Merrill, holds its meetings at the library, and supports the library’s history efforts in many ways.
Even if you’re just curious about genealogy, this is a great opportunity. NPGG members and staff will be available to help you get started, use library resources like Merrill newspapers going back to 1875, readable using the library’s state-of-the-art ScanPro microfilm reader-printers, and the Germans to America collection donated to the library by NPGG.
Experienced NPGG members will also provide guidance on using Internet resources, such as Ancestry Library Edition (accessible on library premises only), Family Search, Find-A-Grave, and Cyndi’s List.
This is also your chance to explore resources available only at T.B. Scott Free Library, such as Merrill area city directories, Lincoln County plat books, and high school yearbooks back to the 1890s, as well as the recently acquired Krueger-Wistein Funeral Home records.
Refreshments will be provided, at what promises to be a great learning experience and fun for all participating. Call the library at 715-536-7191 with questions.