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      Heartland residents find forgotten family history

      Heartlanders research their family trees in a Genealogy class held by the Adair County Public Library.

      A few Heartland residents dug deep into the past, to learn a little more about their family history.

      The Adair County Library hosted a genealogy class in Kirksville Thursday afternoon, and participants researched everything from marriage licenses and military records, to census data and death certificates.

      Library staff provided guidance on many of the tools that are available to patrons through the Ancestry.com database.

      "Oh they love it, they get really excited once they learn how to do a basic search, I think that's the most frustrating part for people who don't use computers heavily," said Kara Drury, Administrative Assistant at the Adair County Public Library.

      Some participants found what they were looking for Thursday, while others still have a lot more research to do.

      "Ancestry does a great job of linking different records to each other, so you get in a record and then you end up somewhere completely different and you've found something, and it's an amazing discovery process to watch, and I really love when people are just quiet and you know that they're finding stuff and you know that they're excited about it," Drury said.

      The Ancestry.com database is free to all Adair County Residents through the library. In order to use the database you must connect using a library computer or through the library??s wireless internet.

      The library plans to hold more genealogy classes in the future, so if you're interested in learning more about your family history click here for their full class schedule.