Did you know that October is Family History Month? To mark the occasion, the Oakland History Room is sponsoring a series to celebrate families. Over the last week, we've held a family photo scanning day and an instructional program on how to determine the age and history of your house.
The next and final event, "Preserving Family Stories," will feature oral historian Nancy Thompson who will present an interactive workshop on collecting and preserving family histories. Participants will learn how to create family trees, how to conduct interviews and write oral histories, and how to use social histories, photographs and a variety of memorabilia to incorporate into your family history.
This event will be held Thursday, October 29 at 6 p.m. in the Walters Auditorium of the Main Library, 125 - 14th Street. For more information, contact the Oakland History Room staff at 510.238-3222.
By the way, the Oakland History Room is a great place to continue your family history research. Besides providing access to resources such as the Oakland city directories, the Ancestry.com database, and birth and death certificates (1870-1904), this department also maintains a number of helpful books on conducting oral histories. Here are a few titles:
The Oral History Manual/ by Barbara W. Sommer
Recording Oral History: a guide for the humanities and social sciences/ by Valerie Raleigh Yow
Writing Local History Today: a guide to researching, publishing and marketing your book/ Thomas A. Mason and J. Kent Calder
Community Oral History Toolkit (5 vols.)/ Nancy McKay with Mary Kay Quinlan