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The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society chronicles the history of our region from American Indian occupation through 20th century industry and life.

John P. Deeben, of the National Archives, on Genealogical Research

John Deeben

John Deeben

Williamsport — The Lycoming County Genealogical Society and the Lycoming County Historical Society were pleased to present John P. Deeben, of the National Archives, on Saturday, May 19 at 1:00 pm. The talk was free and open to the public.

A native of Sunbury, John is a Genealogy Archives Specialist with the Research Support Branch (RC-DC) at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C.  He has lectured widely and has written a number of finding aids and magazine articles outlining the potential usefulness of the records of the National Archives for amateur and professional genealogists. He has spoken at conferences of the National Genealogical Society, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the National Institute on Genealogical Research, and the National War of 1812 symposium.

Genealogy is, of course, one of the most popular past-times with websites such as ancestry.com and familysearch.org spurring the interest. The National Archives has recently released the 1940 Federal Census. In relation to the release of the Census, the Foundation for the National Archives will be publishing the Genealogy Tool Kit: Getting Started on Your Family History at the National Archives, written by John Deeben.

The Lycoming County Genealogical Society, is housed within the Historical Society and staffs the research library, answering hundreds of telephone and emailed queries per year, as well as the genealogical questions of the visitors to the library. They are “dedicated to the encouragement of research, publication and preservation of genealogical materials.” Their website is www.lycominglineage.org.

The Lycoming County Historical Society was founded in 1907 and seeks “to discover, collect, preserve and interpret the pre-history, history and cultural heritage of north central Pennsylvania.” Their website is www.tabermuseum.org.