Those just starting a hobby in genealogy can find a series of tutorials online at familysearch.org to learn where to begin. The Ottumwa center also offers a 10-week class on Sundays for beginners.
A team of about seven volunteers and two missionaries are available at the Ottumwa Family History Center to help with any genealogical query.
Goering notes the importance of tracing ones roots, saying that in the Bible, Malachi 4:6 says “He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents …"
“Family history can bind families together by learning the sacrifices of their forefathers and how they overcame the problems that they faced. That is the beautiful thing about family history, it will expand the appreciation of the heritage we have," she said
For local records, Goering suggests checking at the Wapello County Genealogical Society and at the Ottumwa Public Library.
The latest technological advancements have even led many genealogists to look at their genetic code for ancestors with DNA testing. This service is offered at a cost through sites such as ancestry.com.
The Ottumwa Family History Center is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. It may open at additional times by appointment. Homebound genealogists can request further assistance from the comfort of their home. Goering can be reached at 641-937-5451 or at the church at 641-682-1622.