Finding family roots topic of OLLI at Auburn Brown Bag Lunch and Learn session June 16

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – For those interested in exploring their family history, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University, OLLI at Auburn, is offering a Brown Bag Lunch and Learn program on genealogy. OLLI member and Auburn alumnus Richard Robinson will lead the program.

The session is June 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Clarion Inn & Suites, 1577 S. College St. No registration is required for the summer sessions. Visitors are welcome and participants can bring a lunch.

Robinson said many people become interested in their ancestors as they get older and wish they had paid more attention to the stories about their families that they heard as children. Some want to know whether they are descended from nobility, some want to find out their family’s medical history and still others just want to know where they came from. Robinson said his talk is designed to help newcomers find starting points for their search.

Though genealogy research once primarily required searching through letters, archives and court and church records, and sometimes still does, more and more resources are available through the Internet.

Robinson received a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Auburn and spent his career in the computer industry before retiring to Auburn 13 years ago. He said that with his background in computers, he got interested in genealogy about 20 years ago when more information was becoming available online.

For more information about OLLI programs and courses offered during the Summer Session 2014, go to the OLLI at Auburn website,, or contact Linda Shook, OLLI director, at or (334) 844-3105. OLLI at Auburn offers academic, not for credit programs for adults aged 50 years or older. OLLI at Auburn is a program of University Outreach at Auburn University.

(Contributed by Linda Shook.)

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