The Middlesex Genealogical Society and the Darien Library will present a free genealogy program “Historical Newspapers: Read About Your Ancestors” with Janeen Bjork from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road.

Bjork will speak about what is available through the major collections of digitized newspapers that can be accessed online. Newspaper articles reveal information about people that may not appear in other public records. This information may include details about births, marriages, social events, sporting events, church activities and affiliations, occupations, legal notices, land sales, taxation, military service, businesses, tragedies, heroism, letters to the editor and advertisements. Bjork will suggest strategies for finding newspaper items about ancestors. These include not only looking in newspapers in the place(s) and times they lived, but in places hundreds of miles from where they were and decades after.

Bjork is teaching genealogy and computer classes at the Greenwich Senior Center, Greenwich Adult & Continuing Education, Norwalk Community College’s Lifetime Learning Institute and the Connecticut Ancestry Society this fall. To learn more about Bjork’s schedule, visit JaneensList.com.

The public is invited to discuss family history projects at 1 p.m. This is an informal one-hour roundtable discussion; where participants are invited to seek help for challenges and to share experiences. For additional details, see mgs.darien.org/meetings.htm. This program is free and open to the public.