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The Burke County Register of Deeds office will offer a Family History Time Capsule event in honor of National Senior Citizen Day on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 201 S. Green St. in Morganton, just to the right of the Burke County courthouse. The event, which is free to attend, is open to seniors ages 55 and older. Two sessions will be held, one from 9 a.m. to noon and one from 1-4 p.m. Each session can accommodate 15 individuals.

Stephanie A. Norman, the Burke County Register of Deeds, explained that her office gets daily requests from family members or individuals researching their family genealogy trying to locate birth, death and marriage licenses.

“Sadly, many loved ones have passed away and did not leave sufficient information for their children or other family members to locate their ancestors,” Norman said. “This can be frustrating for those family members as they struggle to put the puzzle pieces of their family history together. We want to help family members capture their family heritage and history.”

Attendees will receive a plastic storage container and materials to put together a family history time capsule, which will include creating a family tree. Participants are encouraged to bring pictures and other items they wish to include in their time capsule. Suggested items include, but are not limited to, an item from their childhood, a letter to their family, a current dated coin, etc.

Norman said she hopes local seniors will take advantage of this opportunity to make something memorable to pass down their family history. Those interested in attending must RSVP for this event by contacting the Register of Deeds office at 828-764-9340.

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