We all have a history that extends back through the generations that preceded us but sometimes that history has been lost. October is Family History Month, the perfect time to start your search for your ancestors at the Summit Library. Last month a Swedish family visited the Summit Library to find their family roots in Summit. They made a good decision making the library a stop in their international search. You too can start building your family tree with the library's subscription to Ancestry.com, available for use only from within the library. If your family has roots in Summit or New Jersey you may find obituaries, news items or other information in local newspapers such as the Herald, the Observer and/or the Dispatch in the Historical Newspaper Database available on the library website.
If your family members attended school and lived in Summit you can check out their senior picture or find out what activities they participated in by perusing the Summit High School yearbooks. Summit City directories provide addresses, occupations, marriage information and date of death. The New Jersey reference section offers information on soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars and gives glimpses into life at different times.
Best of all, the reference staff can help you start your search with Ancestry.com, Family Search or Findagrave. Family History Month is the perfect time to start your search at the Summit Library.
Susan Permahos, Director
Summit Free Public Library