The new Family Tree Club, under the umbrella of Liverpool’s Historical Society, hopes to make the process less confusing for those interested in looking into their genealogy.
Susan Burgess is interested in doing just that. She went to the club’s first meeting at the Queens County Museum on Jan. 25 because she’s interested in researching her father’s family.
The idea behind the group, which is being co-run by Decker and Barb Meredith, is to get people interested in their histories.
Betty Richardson is also very interested in genealogy and said she attended a group a few years ago for as long as it existed.
As you get older, you get curious. That’s what the group of women agreed when asked how they became interested in genealogy.
“If you’re interested in history, you’re going to end up being a detective of something,” says Meredith.
Club members will be able to go to the museum to search archives and other material that might help them with their quests.
People whose families aren’t from Queens County can also benefit from the group, said Meredith.
“Researching your family history is a method,” she said.
“We could tell them how to start,” added Decker.
There are a number of websites to help people begin their searches.
“If they have a computer … we can show them how to go and research on the Internet,” said Meredith.
Decker says once the club gets going, there will be information available to those who aren’t researching a family name in Queens County.
With the club just getting started, Decker and Meredith say they aren’t how often they’ll meet. The Family Tree Club is set to meet again at the Queens County Museum at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22.
For more information about the group, contact Rosemary Decker at 354-5597.