The Lycoming County Genealogical Society and the Lycoming County Historical Society are partnering on Oct. 26. They will hold a new event called "Family Records Discovery Day."
The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Community Room of the Historical Society's Taber Museum, 858 W. Fourth St.
During that time period, those with Lycoming County materials are encouraged to bring in their family Bibles, family registers, fraktur, needlework samplers, identified family photographs, quilts or other artifacts that possess Lycoming County genealogical information.
The lenders are encouraged to allow the genealogists and historians to scan, photograph or photocopy the family information. The lender will have their original materials returned to them that same day. The end result will be that there will then be a permanent record of the family in the library/archival holdings of the two organizations.
The records would be housed within acid-free folders. The building itself is fireproof and fully protected by burglar and fire alarms. Obviously, the organizations would be interested in receiving the original items as a permanent gift, however, that is not the purpose of this day.
Prizes will be awarded in several categories. The item must contain Lycoming County genealogy in order to qualify.
The oldest Bible with family information.
The most unique family register.
The most unusual fraktur (marriage, birth, or baptism certificate in the Pennsylvania style).
A needlework sampler with family info.
A quilt with family documentation.
An artifact that possesses some family connections.
For the afternoon, there will be special displays of materials collected by the Genealogical Society and light refreshments will be served.
For more information, call Gary Parks, director at 570-326-3326 or lchsdirector@ verizon.net.