|Over the month of October, I attended the ALA eCourse “Genealogical Research for Librarians”. Each week, I was given the opportunity to explore a number of public records as well as free and proprietary resources that help people uncover the past and make connections in their family trees.|
One of the most interesting things that the instructor pointed out was that, what a DNA test says and what a genealogical record says may be two different things. I found this to be an insightful point to keep in mind when engaging with a patron doing genealogical research.
This course has renewed by own personal interest in my family’s history while also renewing the hope that we, as a library and community resource, can better assist our patrons in discovering and telling their family stories, and thus finding more of our shared community connections.