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Library Happenings – Family history holds personal anniversaries (Feb. 17, 2016 issue)

One thing you realize when you dig deeply into your family history is that each day of the year is the anniversary of some significant event in the lives of your ancestors. For example, February 17 is my parents’ 64th wedding anniversary. It is also my great-great-grandfather John Wesley Dotson’s 186th birthday.
The Ides of March (March 15) marks the anniversary of my great-great-grandmother’s death in 1880, as well as the anniversary of the Revolutionary War Battle of Guilford Courthouse. My ancestor Major Alexander Stuart and his men from Augusta and Rockbridge counties, Virginia distinguished themselves for gallantry and Scots-Irish determination in that pivotal encounter. Alexander survived the battle, even though he was wounded and captured by Lord Cornwallis. Still, I celebrate the day because the Ides of March was kinder to him than it was to Julius Caesar.
December 25 is not only Christmas Day, it is also the birthday of one of my War of 1812 ancestors. Even a day as rare as February 29 has a special significance to me because that was when William Fulton Seaver, the original owner of my understandably tattered 1871 Bible, passed on.
Since November, several patrons have requested that we offer a genealogy workshop. Since the holidays have passed and—fingers crossed–snow days are less likely, I have scheduled a free genealogy workshop for beginners for Thursday, March 3. The program will begin at 6 p.m. and last for about 90 minutes. You will learn how to get started and even get to try some of the library’s free resources. Please call us at 743-6533, to register if you would like to attend.
Spotlight Book
This week our spotlight shines on the latest thriller from Lisa Gardner. When she was on spring break, college student Flora Dane was kidnapped and held captive for 472 days. She survived the hellish ordeal and now, five years later, Flora is struggling to reclaim a normal life. Even though she has been working with a victim’s advocate, it appears that she is obsessed with the cases of other girls who have not yet come home.
While investigating what appears to be the killing of a kidnapper by his victim, Boston Detective D.D. Warren learns that Flora has confronted three other suspects since she regained her freedom. She knows that Flora has been both victim and survivor, but now Warren wonders whether Flora has become a vigilante, as well.
Nevertheless, when the abduction of a college student unnerves Boston, D.D. believes that Flora’s firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior may provide her with critical insights. When Flora suddenly disappears, Warren realizes she must “Find Her,” and fast.