West Oaks Branch Library & Genealogy Center

Orange County Library System

School Days of the Past

rsz_img_1267The most recent display in the lobby of the West Oaks Library and Genealogy Center features historic school items. A class picture from 1918 shows a group of serious-looking Ocoee School students and their teachers. A full sized antique wooden desk is on display, along with spectacles, an inkwell, a microscope, and a composition notebook. Pieces of plaster and a brick from the original 1927 Ocoee High School building are included, as is a report card from 1939. rsz_img_1200Photographs from 1945 show members of both the baseball and basketball teams of Ocoee High School. A sign explains that in 1888 a teacher’s monthly salary was $44, as they were paid $1 per student based on average daily attendance. The display is provided courtesy of the Friends of Ocoee History Preservation, and the items are on loan from the Withers-Maguire House & Museum.  Look for new displays coming soon!



Spirit of America

A selection of military-themed antiques and photographs are currently on display in the lobby of the West Oaks Branch Library and Genealogy Center. The exhibit includes patriotic items from a variety of time periods when the United States was at war. Advertisements for government bonds exhorting women to “help America’s sons win the war” are displayed alongside photographs of local soldiers. The collection also includes WWII-era model airplanes and a battleship, ration books, flags, prayers for the troops, bullets, binoculars, cannonballs, and a helmet from World War I.

The items on display are on loan from the historic Withers-Maguire House & Museum, as well as from members of Friends of Ocoee History Preservation.



Genealogy Resource Guide

Interested in tracing your family history? The Orange County Library System’s Genealogy Resource Guide provides everything you need to get started. It includes links to e-books, printable research charts, vital records, census information, upcoming lectures, classes, free online databases, and much more.

Once you’ve gotten started, this guide can help you take the next steps in your investigation without having to leave home. Learn about different types of records and discover a variety of websites that can aid your research.

Experienced genealogists can use this guide to go beyond the basics and research different ethnicities, plan research trips, join genealogy societies, and share their findings with other enthusiasts.

This handy tool is just one of many OCLS Resource Guides.