Ever since she was a little girl, Dixie Barringer has been researching her mother’s family. Dixie has just completed an exhaustive work of the Mock Family History and has donated a copy to the North Webster Public Library’s Local History and Genealogy Center.
“I started working on the Mock history when I was a little girl,” explained Dixie who is related to the Mocks through her mother, the late Evelyn Mock Murphy. It has taken her two years to organize and compile a lifetime of research and put it into book form. Her completed 438-page project dates back six generations starting with Johanne George Mock, a Revolutionary War soldier who was born in York County, Pa., in 1749 and the common ancestor of the Mocks in this area. Dixie’s Mock Family History includes documents and photos, and her research has taken her to numerous libraries and courthouses, including the North Webster Community Public Library.
A prominent name in the North Webster area, the Mock name can be found in the lineage of many local residents. If you’re a Mock descendant and interested in learning more about your ancestral roots, stop by the Local History and Genealogy Center and peruse The Mock Family History by Dixie Barringer. You may be surprised who you’re related to!
Whereas past generations struggled to conquer new lands, this generation has struggles of its own – such as how to master all those new fangled electronics. If you got a new e-reader, such as a Kindle, Nook or MP3, for Christmas and don’t have a clue how to use it, don’t take it back to the store just yet. The NWPL is offering two e-Reader classes to show you how to use it and download e-books for free from the library.
The classes will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, and again at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14. Bring your e-reader along with your library card. Kindle users will also need to bring their Amazon user name and password.
The class is free, but advanced registration is required. Class size is limited, so don’t delay in signing up. You’ll learn how to download e-books anytime, anywhere from the library’s website, and you’ll find a huge selection to choose from. Once you learn how to use your new e-reader, you’ll love it!
The NWPL will be closed Monday, Dec. 31, and Tuesday, Jan. 1, for the New Year holiday.