Lycoming County Genealogical Society to host program on genealogy research

The Lycoming County Genealogical Society will host a program on genealogy research using textiles and other items, with Gary W. Parks, executive director of the Thomas T. Taber Museum, as the presenter.

The program will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Community Room at the Taber Museum, 858 W. Fourth St. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The talk will focus on several avenues of genealogical research, less traditional than courthouses, cemeteries and newspapers, including textiles such as samplers, quilts and other household linens.

Parks’ past work experience includes the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem, N.C.; the Monmouth County Historical Association, Freehold, N.J.; and the Slifer House Museum, in Lewisburg.

He is the author of numerous articles regarding local history published in Susquehanna Life and also is the compiler of a number of genealogical indices published by Genealogical Publishing Co. and served as secretary of the Passenger and Immigrations Lists Index.

He also has been the recipient of the Union County Historical Society Preservation Award for his preservation efforts of the alleged oldest house in Winfield.

The society charges a fee for assisting with personal requests for research.

The request must be a specific question and a simple “look-up” is free for society members.

The Lycoming County Genealogical Society is an all volunteer organization, whose mission is to encourage interest in genealogy; to exchange information; and to sponsor educational programs. For more information, visit