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Kurth Memorial Library kicks off a week of genealogy events

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Keith Allred sits in Kurth Memorial Library's Genealogy Department flipping through pages of his family's past and present.

"I wanted to know about my family," said Allred.

 Allred has devoted a decade of his life to discovering his family's history. In that time the genealogical society member has managed to publish four books about his family history dating all the way 1838 when the first Allred came to Texas.

"Once you get started in it, its an addiction you want to know more," said Allred.

"It just kind of gives you an idea of who you are, knowing where you came from," Cindy McMullen, Genealogy Department, Kurth Memorial Library.

Cindy McMullen has worked in the genealogy department for 16 years helping people discover their family history, but hasn't had too much success finding her own. She believes with technology advancing every day she'll soon find the connection she needs.

"Sometimes its just a matter of finding that one person who has Bible records or some key that you need to break through your brick wall," said McMullen.

Genealogy experts say family is the best place to start.

"Try to find out names dates. If you can get pictures," said Allred.

That information can launch the search that will lead you in the right direction.

Wednesday the library will host a genealogy party where anyone can come in and research during an all-day workshop from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday through Saturday, Angelina College will host their 16th annual genealogy conference.

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