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“Who Do You Think You Are?”

Free Genealogical Help Is At Tama County Museum April 2

March 28, 2011
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
TOLEDO CHRONICLE - Are you as fascinated as all the other viewers of the NBC television show Who Do You Think You Are? Do you wish you could find out more about your heritage? On the other hand, are you curious about what happened to that family member who disappeared off the map? Or, have you done this before but gave up because you were not getting anywhere?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, or you have other questions related to researching a family tree, please join us at the Tama County Museum at 200 N. Broadway Street in Toledo on Saturday, April 2.

The Tama County Historical & Genealogical Society will have volunteers available between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. to help you get started. And there is no charge for our time. Your only cost will be your interest and your time. However, if you hit pay dirt on information and want a printed copy, there are copying and/or printing fees. And, we would say the probability of you getting lucky would be pretty darn good.

The Tama County Museum’s genealogical collection for family research is one of Iowa’s gems. They not only have microfilm copies of Tama County records and newspapers but they have items from almost all the counties in Iowa. Whether it is census records, vital records, cemetery books or other history books, the museum’s library has quite a bit. There are also microfilms for passenger lists for many of the ports, books for different states and countries along with other related items. But if we do not have it, we will get you pointed in the right direction.

What do you need to bring besides yourself and your curiosity? Look around the house for information that you already have or call up your parents and ask them what they have. To get a good start, you should have your parent’s names, birth dates, birth locations, their parent’s names, and birth and/or death information. Put everything you have in a folder to keep it together for your own convenience. Also, please do not worry about what you do have or do not have. The whole point of this day is to help you get started.

What do the museum’s volunteers provide you? Their experience and knowledge of the museum’s records, research along with their enthusiasm. Not only do the museum’s volunteers enjoy doing their own family research, they enjoy helping someone put their own puzzle pieces together. Nothing makes us happier than to see people when they find some new bit of information.

The volunteers do recommend you call ahead either to the museum at (641)484-6767, Chris Draisey at (641)484-2303 or Joyce Wiese at (641)481-0373 to let us know what time you would like to come in. So come on in and let us help you get started on answering your questions. The group looks forward to helping you start on your new adventure in finding out who you are.

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What: Help with your family history
When: Sat., April 2, 10 a.m. -4 p.m.
Where: Tama Co. Museum, 200 N. Broadway, Toledo
Call: (641)484-6767, Chris Draisey at (641)484-2303 or Joyce Wiese at (641)481-0373
to set a time



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