Below are the current Genealogy Programs that the Huntsville Public Library offers:
Summer Genealogy Weekend
The Huntsville Public Library and the Walker County Genealogical Society will host the annual Summer Genealogy Weekend on July 30 and July 31, 2021.
Coffee and light refreshments will be available at 9:30 a.m. on both days at the Huntsville Public Library. Programs will be presented from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 30 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 31. A light supper will be provided on Friday and the library will remain open until 8 p.m. for further research for attendees only. A silent auction of books and genealogical materials will be held during the weekend and will end at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The event is free, but advance registration is required and there will be limited occupancy. Contact Mary Kokot at 936-291-5471 or sign up here. Due to Covid-19 concerns, please be advised that the event is subject to cancellation.
Preserving Your Story
The Walker County Genealogical Society (WCGS) and the Huntsville Public Library are beginning a joint, community-wide project to preserve the local history of the Covid-19 Pandemic. A major health and historical event, the pandemic has touched the lives of everyone in Walker County, and its aftermath will continue to affect our citizens well into the future. What have we learned that the next generation needs to know? We want to record your personal stories so today’s experiences can become part of tomorrow's collective memory.
WCGS president Johnnie Jo Dickenson reminds us, “Many of us have lost cousins or other family members and were unable to attend their funerals. We have had to cancel annual family reunions. Let's involve the children. They have missed sleepovers, birthday parties, and their school life has been so different than years before. Let them tell their stories. Each of us has a different story to tell. It is important to the history of our community that these stories be recorded for future generations. Please help us with this project. Your story is important.”
The Walker County Genealogical Society will preserve these stories in their archives for future generations as a part of Walker County history. Email your story to wcgen.com or mail it to WCGS, P.O. Box 1295, Huntsville, TX 77342-1295. If you need help writing down your memories, contact the Adult Services Coordinator, Mary Kokot, at the library, (936) 291-5471 and she will arrange for someone to help record your thoughts and have them transcribed. Alternatively, drop it off at Huntsville Public Library or email firstname.lastname@example.org.