West Oaks Branch Library & Genealogy Center

Orange County Library System

Valentines of Yesteryear

rsz_img_2970Known as The Mother of American Valentines, Esther Howland was just 19 years old when she started the New England Valentine Company in 1847.



Her valentines became famous all over the U.S., and ranged in price from $.05 to $50. These are among the many antique valentines currently on display at the West Oaks Library and Genealogy Center.

All items in the display are on loan from the private collections of members of Friends of Ocoee History Preservation.rsz_img_3076

Genealogy Events and Classes: February 2017

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Join us at the West Oaks Branch Library and Genealogy Center for genealogy in a new year! Take a look at the amazing genealogy events we are offering for the month of February 2017.

  • February 8th:  11:00 AM-Genealogy: Using Online Library Resources 
  • February 8th:  6:30 PM-NGSQ Study Group  


  • February 11th: 10:00 AM-Central Florida Chapter Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society 
  • February 11th: 11:00 AM  to 2:00 PM FAMILY HISTORY FAIR! 
    • February 11th: 11:00 AM-Genealogy: Using Online Library Resources  
    • February 11th: 11:00 AM-United States Genealogy:  Midwestern Region (North Central)
    • February 11th: 12:30 PM-Ancestry Library Edition Level 1  
    • February 11th: 12:30 PM-DNA and Genealogy:  An Introduction


  • February 15th: 11:00 AM-HeritageQuest Online Level 1


  • February 22nd: 11:00 AM-Ancestry Library Edition Level 1 
  • February 22nd: 6:30 PM-Using the Freedmen’s Bureau Records on FamilySearch 


  • February 25th: 10:30 AM-Diggin’ It!: A Genealogy Research Open Forum & Book Club