Cathy Willey will lead genealogy workshops at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on March 18 and 22, and at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library on March 16. PHOTO COURTESY OF CATHY WILLEY

Cathy Willey to lead genealogy workshops

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Two more genealogy workshops will be offered at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Saturday, March 18, from 10-11:30 a.m. and Wednesday, March 22, from 5:30-7 p.m.

Personal genealogist Cathy Willey will introduce participants to library edition genealogy software. is a subscription-based online database accessible for free when used in the library or on a wireless network at the library. Patrons can search for information about family members.

Willey credits her late father-in-law for her interest in genealogy. He wanted a family tree but thought he had no ties to Maine. In fact, his ancestors were some of the earliest settlers on Cranberry Isles. After discovering that, she was hooked. A decade later, she finds that she reads fewer detective novels and instead searches out clues in census sheets, vital records and cemeteries. The highlight of her cousin search was connecting with live cousins and going to visit them and touring her great-grandmother’s birthplace in Finland. Her genealogy addiction has been well rewarded.

Participants should bring their own laptop or tablet if possible, as well as names, dates or locations of family to facilitate their research.

As space is limited, registration is required. Call the library at 244-7065 to reserve a spot in one session only.

These workshops are a part of the library’s celebration of Women’s History Month “Creating Connections.”

Bass Harbor Memorial Library also will host a genealogy workshop with Willey on Thursday, March 16, from 5-7 p.m. Call 244-3798.

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