Join us to learn about researching Hilltown history

Berne and Knox: Our German Heritage by Hal Miller is one of the new reference books that will be discussed at  "Hilltown History at Your Fingertips," which will be held Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m., at the Berne library's new location at 1763 Helderberg Trail. Miller said that any profits from his book will be used to post genealogical records online.  "What better holiday present than a book?" asks Judy Petrosillo, director of Berne Library.

To the Editor:

Berne native Hal Miller has just published Berne and Knox: Our German Heritage, and the town of Berne recently re-issued Our Heritage. These books and other newly available resources can help local history enthusiasts research their family, homes, and community.

If this sounds interesting, join us at "Hilltown History at Your Fingertips," which will be held Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m., at the Berne library's new location at 1763 Helderberg Trail, across from the Berne-Knox-Westerlo school.

John Elberfeld, of Beebe Farm IdeaWorks, will give an overview of print and online genealogy resources, both new and traditional, to help local residents learn more about their heritage.

We've also invited the libraries and historical societies of Berne, Knox, Rensselaerville, and Westerlo to talk about their reference and research collections. Hilltown authors, including myself and my husband, John Elberfeld, will speak about their work.

The event is free and open to the public. Local societies and authors will have an array of historic books, CDs, and maps for sale, so be sure to bring your holiday gift list.

"What better holiday present than a book?" asks Judy Petrosillo, director of Berne Library. For more information, please contact me at 872-2082.

Jane McLean
Creative Director
Beebe Farm IdeaWorks
Knox