West Oaks Branch Library & Genealogy Center

Orange County Library System

February Genealogy Events

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Wednesday, February 7th @ 6:30pm: Do It Yourself DNA Research Open Forum

Thursday, February 8th @ 11:00am: Finding Your Roots: A Genealogy Course

Saturday, February 10th @ 11:00am: FAMILY HISTORY FAIR!

Saturday, February 10th @ 12:30pm: HeritageQuest Online Level 1

Saturday, February 10th @ 2:00pm: Ancestry Library Edition Level 1

Wednesday, February 14th @ 6:30pm: NGSQ Study Group

Thursday, February 15th @ 11:00am: Finding Your Roots: A Genealogy Course

Wednesday, February 21st @ 6:30pm: Anatomy of a Civil War Pension File

Thursday, February 22nd @ 11:00am: Finding Your Roots: A Genealogy Course


School Days

Ocoee School
The first recorded school in Ocoee, Florida dates to 1876, when class was held beneath a brush arbor by Starke Lake. A small building was later constructed on the site of the Methodist Church parking lot. One side of this building could be removed so that the children could keep warm by a fire in the colder months. In 1885, a new two room school building was constructed, which became known as Ocoee’s Little Red Schoolhouse. Then in 1899 the city purchased three additional acres of land, where a two story white schoolhouse was eventually built. This photograph shows the student body of the Ocoee School in 1918. It is currently on display in the lobby of the West Oaks Branch Library and Genealogy Center, along with many other pictures and school-related antiques from Ocoee’s past.  Come on in to see for yourself!  All items are on loan from the Friends of Ocoee History Preservation.