Family Heritage Festival

Celebrate the 7th Annual Family Heritage Festival with library staff and genealogy experts.

Online Events

Register and attend for a chance to win a free book!

  • A Librarian's Carpetbag of Tips and Tricks

    Saturday, October 23, 10:15 a.m.

    Look at genealogical research through a librarian’s eyes. Join Tamara Hallo, MLS and Professional Genealogist, as she channels her inner Mary Poppins and pulls librarian tips and tricks out of her carpetbag. Discover the different types of libraries that may help with your research, how to scrutinize sources to find reliable information, and how to take advantage of the online databases available at public libraries.

  • How to Discover the History of a House

    Saturday, October 23, 11:30 a.m.

    This presentation will focus on resources available at the John F. Germany Public Library which are valuable to researchers in discovering the history of a local house or property. Attendees will learn how to use these resources to pull together the past, whether for zoning, house rehabilitation or personal interest.

  • Researching Women: Community Cookbooks and What They Tell Us About Our Ancestors

    Saturday, October 23, 1:45 p.m.

    Community cookbooks, commonly known as fundraising cookbooks have been around since the Civil War. They serve as a “city directory” of women, with everything from names, residences, and in some cases familial relationships and photos. Community cookbooks are a unique genealogical source that provides much more information than just a recipe. In this presentation, author and instructor Gena Philibert-Ortega will explore the history of community cookbooks and how to use them for your family history.

  • The Burgert Brothers: Celebration and Inspiration

    Saturday, October 23, 3:00 p.m.

    Local photographer and author Chip Weiner shares his knowledge and tips for using and enjoying the library’s Burgert Brothers Photographic Collection. This presentation will cover general image content, best search techniques, and some technical aspects of using the images.

  • What to Do with Your Stuff? Creating a Future for Your Genealogy and Family Heirlooms

    Saturday, October 23, 4:15 p.m.

    Too often, genealogical research, records, and heirlooms end up in the trash. Please join Peggy Jude (Vice President of Projects and Board Member, Manatee Genealogical Society) as she shares ideas and strategies to ensure your research and treasures don’t find the same fate.


Guest Presenters

Heritage Festival Reads