NEW PHILADELPHIA --The Tuscarawas County Public Library System is hosting a Genealogy Lock-In, after the library closes, on Friday, Sept. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at its main library at 121 Fair Ave NW, New Philadelphia.

"We are excited to provide this time for genealogy enthusiasts to gather and use the library's resources uninterrupted," said Adult Services Manager Debbie Tristano.

Participants will have exclusive use of library computers -- or can choose to bring their own laptops -- to research family history information using Ancestry Library and other genealogy websites. The library's printed local history resources and local microfilmed newspapers dating back to the mid-1800s will also be available for browsing and research.

Library staff will be on hand to provide assistance. Free copying and printing of genealogy materials for personal use will be permitted from the websites, microfilm, and local history books.

"This is basically a genealogy study hall," said Reference Assistant Gina Merrill. "Participants can use the time not only to access Ancestry Library and other great family history websites, but also to share tips and tricks with each other. It's also a wonderful opportunity to discuss personal research experiences with others.

Both beginning and experienced family historians can take advantage of this dedicated research time."

Merrill added that researchers will be excited to take advantage of the free copying and printing, as recordkeeping is a very important part of genealogy research.

The event is free, however, space is limited and registration is required.

To register, call the library at 330-364-4474, ext. 101. Participants must arrive by 5:55 p.m. in order to be admitted.