Christine Wilt will be the speaker at the January meeting of the Douglas County Genealogical Society.
The meeting is set for Thursday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. and is open to the public. DCGS meetings are held in the fellowship hall of Heritage Baptist Church, located at the corner of Rose Avenue and Selman Drive.
The January program will cover a wide range of information on what can be found at the free local Library Galileo Databases for Genealogy Research. Wilt is the Adult Services librarian at Lithia Springs Public Library. She has been doing genealogy research for over 40 years.
Wilt was formerly with the library in Tyrone, Penn., acting as the genealogist on staff and the researcher with the Tyrone Historical Society and the Blair County Genealogical Society.
After relocating to Douglas County, she started teaching genealogy classes at the Lithia Springs Public Library and has a Genealogy Help Desk there also. She specializes in beginning genealogy where she helps people get started by aiding in research. She specializes in Mid- Atlantic research from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.
“I will do the basic showing of how to get into Galileo system and then show the exact parts of the Galileo databases that are for genealogy and history,” Wilt said. “This takes no time to show that part, but describing the websites within Galileo that will actually take the time.”
Wilt will be highlighting about eight of these that include Heritage Quest and Voyager, Digital Library of Georgia, Georgia History e-books, Auburn Avenue Research Library Finding Aids, Chronicling America, Historic American Newspapers, Southwest Native American Documents 1730-1842 and ArchiveGrid. All of these can be accessed from home if you have a library card. Wilt can even sign anyone up who is interested in getting the Library Card during Thursday’s meeting.
Whether you have been researching your family a long time or just want to know where to begin, this program is designed just for you.