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Navigating the World’s Largest Online Genealogical Database, Familysearch.org
On Saturday, February 17, 2018, 2:00 p.m., (February 24, snow-date), Manchester Community Library and Manchester Historical Society will host a one-hour introduction to the largest genealogical database in the world, Familysearch.org. Jerry Carbone of Whetstone Brook Genealogy will discuss methods and strategies to search the billions of indexed and unindexed records as well as searching the full-text genealogical books and catalog. The FamilySearch database makes accessible over 5.6 billion names in the historical records; 1.2 billion browse-only records; and has over 7.2 million users, worldwide.
The workshop will also cover the invaluable familysearch Wiki, which gives genealogical research advice and directs users to find the record collections in its 85,704 article encyclopedia.
After 37 years at Brooks Memorial Library, 22 as the Director, Carbone retired and went on to earn a Certificate in Genealogical Research at Boston University in May 2016. He received his B.A. in History from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, and his M.L.S. from University of Texas at Austin, Graduate School of Library and Information Science. While pursuing his library degree, Carbone worked part-time in the Texas State Library, Genealogy Library. He has been assisting people with their family histories since receiving his certificate from B.U.
His historical and genealogical research interests over the years have been varied, including events and personalities of the Brattleboro area: the Wesselhoeft Water Cure; the life of Lucy Terry Prince (first known African-American poet); the lives of Brattleboro librarians, William Czar Bradley II, (poet/librarian), and Mary Shakshober-Pratt, (free speech, libraries, and World War I); and the religion of spiritualism in Brattleboro in the 19th century. His article on a Brattleboro personality, Edward Edwards (1816-1890), “Spiritualism in Brattleboro, 1886-1889: One Man’s Contact with the Afterlife through Letters,” will be published in the Spring 2018 issue of “Vermont History,” a journal of the Vermont Historical Society.