Glad You Asked: Genealogists at home in the library

Welcome to September. The temperatures are already dropping and the leaves are getting crunchy. Have you lit your pumpkin scented candles yet?

There’s something about fall that helps motivate me to work on projects I’d started long ago but never completed. One such project I’m working on is completing a family history book that was given to me as a wedding gift.

Thankfully, we are lucky to have the Delaware County Genealogical Society call the Delaware Main Library “home.” The genealogists who volunteer for the DCGS hold regular hours throughout the week to assist you on your family quest. Stop by Thursdays between 10 to 11:45 a.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; or Sundays from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

If those hours don’t work with your schedule, they are also available to meet by appointment. You can call 740-369-4375 or email [email protected] to find a time.

In addition to meeting one-on-one with the genealogists, there are several programs the DCGS is sponsoring this fall that might pique your interest. All begin at 7:30 p.m. with open research time starting at 7:00 in the Delaware Main Library community room.

• Sept. 5 — Kellie Bergheimer will present a program on “Using DNA Results in Genealogy Research.”

• Oct. 3 — Nancy Ottman will talk about “New Homes, Old Customs.” This program will concentrate on Germans to America.

• Nov. 14 — Annual Business Meeting and Election of Officers.

While you’re celebrating the long holiday weekend, don’t forget that all Delaware County District Library locations will be closed on Monday to celebrate Labor Day. We’ll see you again during our regular hours on Tuesday.

This week we look at recent releases in the biography and memoir genres.

“Going Deep: John Philip Holland and the Invention of the Attack Submarine” by Lawrence Goldstone. A history of the controversial attack sub traces the story of the submarine’s invention, exploring how self-taught innovator John Philip Holland’s obsession with the idea of controlled undersea navigation led to decades of skepticism, setbacks, and innovation.

“Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens” by Eddie Izzard. A memoir by the critically acclaimed British comedian details his childhood in multiple countries, his first performances on the streets of London, and the achievements that have marked his international success.

“Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls’ Escape from Slavery to Union Hero” by Cate Lineberry. Profiles the little-known African American slave, describing how he seized a Confederate steamer and delivered it to Union forces, which freed him and his family and led him to become the first black captain of an Army ship.

“Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening” by Manal Al-Sharif. A memoir by a Saudi Arabian woman who became the unexpected leader of a movement to support women’s rights describes how fundamentalism influenced her radical religious beliefs until her education, a job, and legal contradictions changed her perspectives.

“A Beautiful, Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal” by Jen Waite. The author chronicles how she came to realize that her seemingly loving husband — the father of her infant daughter, her best friend, the love of her life — fit the textbook definition of a psychopath.

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Nicole Fowles

Glad You Asked

If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Nicole Fowles, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call us at 740-362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library’s web site at or directly to Nicole at [email protected] No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!