Check out the local talent at your local library

wayne sconiers

Wayne Sconiers

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 05:09 PM.

Looking for indoor entertainment during the winter season? Look no further than your local library.

As part of the annual Winter Community Programs, the Walton County Coast Library has the next few months packed with events to stimulate your mind.

"We've been hosting this series for six years," said Linda Thompson, library manager. "Our focus is awareness for our local talent. It's a great way to support the library and meet talented people."

Experts in topics from classical music to wildlife conservation will be visiting the library every Wednesday to entertain and educate the public on various subjects. This week, Jan. 15, Wayne Sconiers, vice president of Walton County Heritage Museum and president of the Walton County Genealogy Society, will discuss ways to get to the roots of your family tree.

Sconiers started researching his own family history when he retired from the Navy in July 2000. As a DeFuniak Springs native, he started by tracing back his own immediate family, as well as his wife's (who is also from DeFuniak Springs). Today, the database has expanded to more than 52,000 people and is commonly referred to as the Walton County Genealogical Family Tree.

As a museum volunteer, Sconiers often greets visitors asking whether they're from the area.

"You'll be surprised how many people walk out with a genealogical list of family members," he said.

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