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2012 Czech Festival coming April 28

One of the events offered during the Czech Festival April 28 in Blue Rapids will be “Checking your Ancestors” (Czech or otherwise).  Jan Wilkes, a long time genealogist, will make a presentation at 11:00 am at the Community Center on how to use the features in the free web site www.FamilySearch.org.  Images from the site will be projected for all to see and ask questions.  Jan will search for information on your ancestors so you have a few weeks to gather some basic information such as names and dates to start your hunt.  She will also discuss subscription web sites that can be accessed in Family History Centers.
            At 2:00 that afternoon, the session will be held at the Public Library on the Square at which time you will be given more individual help.  Bring your laptop if you have one.  If you have questions, please email plumswede@yahoo.com.
            Jan Wilkes has done extensive family genealogies and has a talent for turning tiny leads into a whole new branch of the family.  She is related locally to the Smercheck-Pishney/Pishny families.  This is a rare chance to have help from her on finding more about your ancestors.
            Watch & listen for future information about events at the Czech Festival, Saturday April 28.  A Czech lunch will be from 11:00-2:00 at the Community Center.