West Oaks Branch Library & Genealogy Center

Orange County Library System

Holiday Memories at the Withers- Maguire House

Come see our new lobby display, a collection of Christmas artifacts from Ocoee’s own Withers-Maguire House. The historic house, located by Starke Lake, was built in 1888 and was the first home in Orange County to include closets in its bedrooms and electric wiring inside its walls. The holiday items from the house include vintage Christmas cards and books, such as Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. Antique Christmas tree ornaments, like the glittery Christmas pickle, are on display along with a set of decorative carolers. Also included are vintage toys, including a miniature rocking horse, a set of tabletop ninepins, and a kaleidoscope.
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Special Event: Conversation with Kenyatta!

Conversation with Kenyatta!  2:30 p.m. Friday 14 December 2018.  West Oaks Branch Library and Genealogy Center, 1821 E. Silver Star Rd., Ocoee, FL 34761

Join us for this exciting opportunity to enjoy a Conversation with Kenyatta D. Berry, co-host of the PBS series Genealogy Roadshow.  Kenyatta will be in Orlando to talk about genealogy, family history, and her new book, The Family Tree Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Uncovering Your Ancestry and Researching Genealogy.


Kenyatta D Berry

The Family Tree Toolkit is designed to help genealogists navigate the sometimes overwhelming, sometimes treacherous, sometimes exhilarating waters of finding ancestors. From how and where to begin, to what records are available online and in repositories. From what to do once you find the information, to how to share your story, and — of course DNA — discoveries.

Kenyatta D. Berry is a professional genealogist, entrepreneur and attorney with more than 20 years of experience in genealogical research and writing. She began her genealogical journey with research at the State Library of Michigan in Lansing while in law school. A native of Detroit, Berry graduated from Bates Academy, Cass Technical High School, Michigan State University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She has deep roots in Detroit, the city her ancestors have lived since the 1920’s.

This event is free, and open to the public, and includes a book signing and sale.

Genealogy Periodicals Received November 2018

American Spirit -(DAR Magazine), Volume 152, November/December 2018, No. 6

Chicago Genealogical Society Newsletter, Volume 51, November 2018, No. 4

Chicago Genealogist, Volume 51, Fall 2018, No. 1

Detroit Society for Genealogical Research Magazine, Volume 81, Summer 2018, No. 4

Georgia Genealogical Society Quarterly, Volume 54, Fall 2018, No. 3

Informer – Jefferson County Genealogical Society-NY, Volume 25, July 2018, No. 3 and October 2018, No. 4

Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Volume 56, August 2018, No. 3

National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Volume 106, September 2018, No. 3

NGS (National Genealogical Society) Magazine, Volume 44, July-September 2018, No. 3

Palatine Patter, Fall 2018, No. 164

Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, Volume XLIV, September/October 2018, No. 5