Monday, January 16, 2006

Black history month as an encouragement to all

"Documenting the Past" editorial, Valley News Dispatch, Jan. 14, 2006, page A8Acknowledging Black History month, the Valley News Dispatch on Saturday had an editorial "Documenting the past" that shared some information about the AK Valley Sojourners display that will be at the Clarion Hotel in New Kensington on Feb. 25. The editor recognized the efforts to preserve and record black history as a good occasion to recommend the practice more generally.
We urge all Valley families to document their history — before older relatives who remember these stories are gone.
There are many resources available to help people learn how to research their family history. Central Presbyterian Church hosts the Tarentum Genealogical Society which has monthly meetings, as well as a library of resources that can be used for actual research, along with guides that can help someone get started.

The next meeting of the Genealogical Society is Monday, Jan 16, 2006 at 7:00 PM in the social hall at the Central Presbyterian Church, 305 Allegheny St., Tarentum.

New books in the Tarentum Genealogical Society libraryWhen I was passing through the Society's library, I noticed that they had received a donation of two books by Tarentum native Paola Corso: Giovanna's 86 Circles and other stories, and Death by Renaissance. The books of fiction and poetry are not genealogical research tools but they open a helpful window on Tarentum's past.

The Society's library on the second floor of the church is open before and after their monthly meetings and on Thursdays from 10 to 2.

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