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Staunton Public Library hosts geneaology workshop

stn libraryThe Staunton Public Library is offering genealogy workshops this month to help people interested in researching their family history.  Workshops will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Library every Wednesday in July.

Janie Sherman, a professional genealogist, will be teaching the July 15 and 22 sessions concerning the research of military records, church records and other archives, in addition to providing tips on how to keep your research organized and information about hereditary societies.

On July 29, author and historian Laten Bechtel will focus on African- American research and its challenges.

Sherman is a graduate of East Tennessee State University and has been a genealogist for more than 20 years. From 1995 to 2010, she was accredited by the Board of Certified Genealogists as a Certified Genealogist (CG) and has since become semi-retired to study more of her genealogy. She is founder and a former regent of the Augusta Parish Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, is a member of more than 40 societies, and is governor general of First Settlers of the Shenandoah Valley.

In 2008, she published a book, “Augusta County, VA, Earliest Will Index, 1745- post 1900”. More information about Sherman can be found on her website;

Bechtel is the chairperson of the African-American Committee of the Augusta County Genealogical Society. In 2010, she and Susie King published “That’s Just The Way It Was: A Chronological and Documentary History of African-American Schools in Staunton and Augusta County.”

Her most recent work is “Slaves In Will Books, Augusta County, Virginia, 1745-1866.″