For many families, the historical account of major life events were recorded and kept in the family Bible.  Your grandmother may have documented marriages, births, deaths, graduations, and other special occasions as they occurred in her own family Bible.  Bibles are often valuable resources for genealogists in search of historical records.  Yet, with technology changing the way we live, play and record today’s familial events, Bibles are no longer the primary source of information for family history.  Today, we can learn about our family’s history and heritage with just a few clicks on the computer.  Many family Bible records are now easily found online, in addition to an array of ancestry research tools. One such resource is EPOCH, Electronically Preserving Obituaries as Cultural Heritage. A project developed by the Orange County Library System, EPOCH helps fulfill a community need for collecting local history and knowledge. EPOCH is specifically focused on gathering information recorded in obituaries. It’s free and anyone can enter obituary records, photos and share memories through this timeless electronic resource.  Information that was once recorded in family Bibles, is now being preserved online for future genealogical research.  So, when your grandchildren one day ask, “Do you know where Great Grandma was born?” You can say…it’s on EPOCH!


Join us for the next chance to learn about and use EPOCH.  Wednesday 29 April 2015 at 6:00 p.m.  1821 E. Silver Star Rd., Ocoee, FL 34761:  Forget Me Not:  Preserve the memories of your loved ones with EPOCH, a website where you can post free obituaries. Attend one of these sessions where Library staff will be on hand to provide assistance and answer questions. We will help you through the process of creating and posting a tribute on EPOCH (Electronically Preserving Obituaries as Cultural Heritage). Computers and scanning equipment will be available for use, so be sure to bring photos and any information you want to include in the tribute.