Glidden Homestead to present ‘A Dig into Genealogy’

Published: Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 11:52 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 11:56 p.m. CDT
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The Glidden Homestead will present at “A Dig into Genealogy” at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Genealogy has become a national pastime. For most family researchers, the thrill is in the hunt. But while getting wrapped up in the hunt we sometimes forget to document where that hunt led and how we can get back to a fact we had found.

Sourcing genealogical facts will be discussed when DeKalb County historian and Joiner History Room Director Sue Breese and 20-year family researcher Marcia Wilson present “A Dig into Genealogy” at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Glidden Homestead and Historical Center, 921 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb.

The whys, whats and hows of digging for those elusive facts, determining reliable sources, and documenting sources will be covered though a slide presentation and helpful handouts.

Both Breese and Wilson were put to the test on documentation of sources while undergoing stringent analysis by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

To be accepted into the DAR, an applicant must document her lineage through the generations directly to a Revolutionary War ancestor using DAR acceptable sources. Breese and Wilson both had applications accepted in 2015.

Also on Sunday, visit and tour the home where Joseph Glidden and his family lived when he created his most famous invention and see a working onsite blacksmith shop. Glidden developed barbed wire in DeKalb in 1873 and went on to patent numerous other inventions.

For information, visit, email or call 815-756-7904.

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