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Donation helps trace family history
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Magness Library received one of the largest private donations so far in 2019. A family organization called Cousins of Cumberland Mountain donated more than $3,000 to assist the library in its genealogy efforts. Pictured is library director Brad Walker and genealogist Cheryl Watson Mingle. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Family history is important and one donation to Magness Library expresses just how vital it is preserve the study of families and trace lineages.

Cousins of Cumberland Mountain, a family organization, donated $3,373 to the library’s Genealogy Department.

“Many of our family’s ancestors are from your locale, including the Crains, Yorks, and Drakes,” said Judy Meuth, of Whitman County, Wash. “We want our enclosed donation of $3,373 to be dedicated to building and maintaining Magness Library’s collection of local and regional family and pioneer sources.” 

Accepting monetary donations in any amount is an important way for a library to continue providing its services to the public, but this one took Magness Library director Brad Walker by surprise. 

 “When I opened the envelope, I was floored,” he said. “When I was called last month, she asked about our Genealogy Department and said they had money left over from their annual event that they would like to donate. I didn’t expect such a large donation.”

Genealogy and the library’s department provides a doorway to the past and helps preserve family traditions.

“Our Genealogy Department is available so people can research their family history,” said Walker. “It’s an extensive collection of reference materials. Every penny will be used to continue our efforts in building and maintaining this department. We greatly appreciate this unexpected donation.”

Cheryl Watson Mingle, Warren County Genealogical and Historical Association president, is the library’s on-staff genealogist who assists people in their family history searches.