Monthly Meeting – Feb. 2, 2017: “Searching for Your Roots at the Public Library”, by Kathy Nielsen

Join Kathy Nielsen, a Reference Librarian at the Monterey Public Library, as she shares her search for her family. Discover the treasures the Monterey Public Library offers to those researching their Monterey families, and to those searching for families who settled in other parts of the United States. She will inform us on the holdings of the “California History Room,” a repository specializing in California History on the Monterey Peninsula, extending from Moss Landing to Big Sur to Carmel Valley. She will demonstrate how to research families in the context of their time, and will share tips on how to access resources in Public Libraries and Archives throughout the United States.

Kathy Nielsen is a Reference Librarian at the Monterey Public Library. She works at the Library Help Desk, and in the “California History Room.” Kathy earned a B.A. in History at the Univ. of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in History at Hunter College, City Univ. of NY. After teaching history in schools for five years, she returned to U.C. Berkeley and obtained a Masters in Library Science. She then served as a school librarian. She incorporates her skills as a historian, a storyteller, and a librarian in her search for her family’s history.

Doors open at 6:15 pm, the meeting starts at 7:00 pm. We’ll see you at the Family History Center, 1024 Noche Buena, Seaside, CA., left rear of building.


“A library is a place where you learn what teachers were afraid to teach you.” – Alan M. Dershowitz


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