H-SANTA MARIA

Jul 19, 2013 8:40 PM by Cameron Polom, KSBY News

Search your family tree at a local library

If you've ever wondered if you come from royal blood, or if you're related to a celebrity, there's a way to find out.

The Santa Maria Public Library and the Santa Maria Valley Genealogy Society want to help.

Jeramy Laureano is on the search for answers.

"Since I was adopted, I don't know a lot about my own family, so just out of plain curiosity I want to know where I come from," said Laureano.

He's come to the right place. Every Wednesday, the Santa Maria Public Library supplies experts and resources to do just that.

"People want to know their history," said reference services head Lea Cryor.

Cryor has been doing genealogy for 30 years and says you never know what you're going to find.

"I have friends who have found out that they are related to famous people," said Cryor. "I also had a really good friend who just found out one of her family members was arrested and was in jail for murder."

Cryor says 30 years ago it wasn't always easy to find that kind of information.

"Back then what you had to do to find information is you had to send a letter to a library and get information and then they would send information back to you by letter," said Cryor.

These days the evolution of the internet has made it much easier to navigate your way through history.

However, not everything can be found online.

In addition to online sources, the library also sports a huge collection of genealogy books to help you climb that family tree.

So with every click of the mouse, and turn of a page, people like Jeramy can find the answers and family they're looking for.

"It would be really cool to be able to talk to somebody from my family and just see what the rest of my family is like," said Laureano.

The public is welcome every Wednesday.

They'll have free access to Ancestry.com, hundreds of books, and experts in genealogy research.

Resources and experts are available from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Just call the Santa Maria Public Library to make an appointment.

The SLO Genealogy Library is also open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm upstairs in the San Luis Obispo Library.

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