The Franklin Memorial Library would like to thank everyone who came out to the ribbon cutting for our newly remodeled comprehensive genealogy resource room. We had special guest, Probate Judge Don Wilkes, with us to celebrate the occasion. The remodeled genealogy room is now more user friendly. The library endeavors to support the community's quest to discover their roots and explore family history with this new initiative. Patrons can now access resources from their home comfort, including Georgia historic newspapers, the Georgia archives, databases like "They Had Names," the Digital Library of Georgia, FamilySearch, AccessGenealogy, and Find a Grave. In collaboration with Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest, cardholders will gain free access to these platforms, enabling them to delve into their family trees and uncover ancestry links. These resources provide a comprehensive overview of family histories and create an engaging platform for users to explore their heritage. Moreover, the library boasts an extensive collection of public records dating back to the 1900s, available on microfilm for those interested in deeper historical research. Lillian Wingate, the Regional Genealogy and Local History Coordinator based in Statesboro, Ga, oversees each genealogy department throughout our region. With her dedication and expertise, she is a guiding hand for patrons interested in genealogy across the surrounding counties of Emanuel, Candler, Bulloch, Evans, and Bryan. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for any queries related to genealogy research. Franklin Memorial Library has always been committed to providing reliable and informative resources to its patrons. With the introduction of the genealogy department, our library continues its mission to offer unique and invaluable resources to the community, fostering a love of learning and a deeper understanding of personal heritage. Visit Franklin Memorial Library's website at www.strl.info for more information about the new genealogy resources and other library services.
Photos of the Fall Festival event that took place during the ribbon cutting are attached.