On the first Friday of every month, a group of people meet at the Cedaredge Public Library to discuss genealogy and how to find out more about one’s ancestors. The group is titled, “Digging Your Roots.”
Digging Your Roots is led by Lorraine Turk from September to June. The most recent session was Oct. 5 and discussed DNA, written letters, probate records, legal documents and how anything at all can play into figuring out further information about ancestors.
At these gatherings, each person in the open group discusses discoveries they have found pertaining to their own families. They give suggestions they may have and go over implications of discoveries, such as DNA in saliva that may be left behind on a letter envelope.
At the Friday meeting, the group also discussed familial titles. They handed out family tree maps explaining the definitions of cousins, second cousins, cousins removed and so-forth. The maps showed that the children of aunts or uncles are cousins, the grandchildren of grandaunts and granduncles are second cousins, and so-forth up the family tree.
It also showed that the child of a cousin is a descendant cousin once removed. Furthermore, the cousin of a parent is an ascendant second cousin once removed because to that cousin of a parent, one would be the child of a cousin, and therefore, a descendant cousin once removed.
The meetings are open to anyone in the public who has an interest in learning more about their own ancestry. They take place at the Cedaredge Public Library on the first Friday of every month at 10:30 a.m.