Garden Spot Village will partner with Mennonite Life to present a Genealogy Session on Monday, February 27 at 7pm in the Garden Spot Village Chapel.
During the session, Julia Wiker, archivist and librarian at Mennonite Life, will provide an introduction to genealogy research including basic tips and ways to start your own genealogy search. Mennonite Life’s archive and historic library provides resources for people who have Mennonite as well as non-Mennonite family connections to Lancaster County.
As the archivist and librarian at Mennonite Life, Julia says, “Helping someone take the first steps of their journey into their past and their family history brings me joy.”
Julia adds, “We have a collection of family Bibles dating from 1531 to the 20th century. It is always fun to pull out a family Bible—with handwritten birthdates, marriages and deaths—and show it to someone who has discovered a family tie. People are amazed when they can see the family Bible that their ancestors brought to this country.”
Anyone interested in exploring genealogy research is invited to attend this session.
Julia says, “If you have ever wondered about your past and your heritage, a genealogy search is a good way to reach back into the past and get a sense of what your ancestor’s lives were like as well as the places you may have come from. In the process, you will write a new story that combines your roots in the past and the journey you took to make the discoveries in the present. Join us to learn the steps you need to take to begin your journey.”