Posted on July 28, 2021
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The Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society will reopen the Sahyun Library on Tuesday, Aug. 3, following over a year-long closure because of the pandemic. The library is at 316 Castillo St., Santa Barbara.
“Sometime we’ll look again on this Covid yr as a minor interruption in our lives,” stated Artwork Sylvester, Society Board co-president. “However within the quick time period, it has been an important disruption within the operation and providers our Sahyun Library offers for our genealogical society members.”
Whereas society conferences and genealogical shows had been supplied on-line through Zoom over the previous yr, members are wanting ahead to gathering in individual and helping one another and the neighborhood with analysis.
“I’ve a ton of questions and hints from my family tree work throughout this pandemic,” stated Bob Basen, board co-president. “I can hardly anticipate the Sahyun Library to open to hunt these solutions, and to see some outdated associates who will help me.”
The Sahyun Library property was donated to the Genealogical Society in June 1998 by the household of Dr. Melville Sahyun, a neighborhood medical pioneer, for use as a library for household historical past analysis. The library now incorporates some 17,000 genealogy-related gadgets; Santa Barbara County faculty yearbooks; and a group of newsletters and journals from genealogical societies everywhere in the U.S and overseas.
Membership within the society is $40 a yr for a person; advantages embody entry to library computer systems and subscription websites; analysis help from library volunteers and coaches; and a subscription to society publications Tree Suggestions (month-to-month publication) and Ancestors West (a quarterly publication that includes articles about family tree and household historical past).
The society additionally hosts month-to-month conferences that includes visitor audio system and shows from family tree professionals, and a number of other neighborhood occasions all year long.
Starting Aug. 3, Sahyun Library can be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For extra concerning the Genealogical Society and how one can turn out to be a member, go to https://sbgen.org.