Library hosting genealogy event

The Jennings County Public Library, 2375 State Road 3, North Vernon, is planning a genealogy seminar and open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in its Genealogy Department.

“During the next three years, there will be a lot of attention on our community’s history, so we want to help individuals research their own family history because that is where the real story begins,” said Sheila Kell, genealogy research director.

History will receive more attention than usual, Kell said, because the town of Vernon will celebrate its bicentennial this year. Indiana will celebrate its bicentennial in 2016. Jennings County willcelebrate its 200th anniversary in 2017.

“A community’s history is built by the histories of its families” Kell said. “We are hoping we can help people have fun finding their own family story.”

During the open house, documents from Jennings County’s earliest days will be available for research. Kell said staff members will available to help beginners get started on researching their own history.