Genealogy Workshops

Selected Saturdays, April - November 2016

Ohio History Center Archives/Library
Cost: $15.00 Ohio History Connection/Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society members, $20.00 non-members unless otherwise noted

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Have you ever wished you could find out more about the old photographs you’ve collected? There may be information captured in those images that can tell you more than you realize. Learning to sharpen your observation skills and picking up some pointers on how to date a photograph can give you tools to use when doing family genealogy and research. This class will be hands-on and focus on 19th and early 20th century photography. Pre-registration required.
Single class scheduled on 4/16/2016 at 10:30AM
Not sure how to start your family history research for African American ancestors? Do you have a genealogy problem or "brick wall" that seems nearly impossible to solve? Bring us your questions and we'll guide you to search strategies and resources that might help you break through those genealogical "brick walls". Even if you're not sure what to ask, you're welcome to come to listen and learn from others. Panelists will include representatives of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society, and Ohio History Connection. Pre-registration recommended.
Single class scheduled on 5/21/2016 at 10:30AM
Whether you have been researching for days or decades, the results are the same: you have lots of great stuff but no way to retrieve it quickly. Are computer programs the answer, or another headache you don't have time for? This class will present workable paper and digital solutions to organizing and housing the information and sources you gather while researching your family history. Pre-registration recommended.
Single class scheduled on 6/18/2016 at 10:30AM
Cemeteries are thought of as very peaceful places. It is easy to go in, snap a couple of pictures, and leave. Like any other record, tombstones require evaluation; further, they can give clues when taken in context with the neighboring grave markers around them. Come find out how to collect biographical details that go beyond birth and death dates carved into stone. Pre-registration recommended.
Single class scheduled on 7/23/2016 at 10:30AM
Join us for an evening of discovery with nationally known speaker Dwight Radford. Learn how to research your immigrant ancestors who lived in the United States. Find out about the resources in our country that will lead you to the point when you are ready to track your Scots-Irish Immigrant back "over the water." Identify some of the quirks in Scots-Irish research including religious influence, social status, common names, and that seeming indifference to keeping track of a person's true age. See how to use online resources that can aid your research. Pre-registration recommended.
Single class scheduled on 8/9/2016 at 7:00PM
Discover resources the Ohio History Center has that will help you with your family history research. Topics include Ohio public records, historical manuscript and audiovisual sources, books and newspapers. Go on a special behind the scenes tour of our storage area at the Ohio History Center. Space limited to 12 people. Pre-registration required.
Single class scheduled on 9/24/2016 at 10:30AM
Have you ever wondered about the best way to protect and organize your precious family documents? Do you ever question whether you've made the correct choice for how you've tucked away photos and ancestors' diaries? Are you organizing and storing your family history records in a way that ensures they will be around for your descendants to appreciate and enjoy? Come to our hands on, how to class that explains how archivists arrange a collection, tell the story of the collection's origin, organize the contents, and store the paper. Pre-registration required.
Single class scheduled on 10/15/2016 at 10:30AM
Have you wondered how to care for the china or the antique chair that have been kept in your family for generations? How to handle objects and proper lighting and temperatures will be discussed. This class will show how objects in the Ohio History Connection's collections might help you understand the lives lived by people documented in paper record research. This class will introduce you to searching for objects of interest in the Ohio Historical Society's Online Collection Catalog. Pre-registration required.
Single class scheduled on 11/12/2016 at 10:30AM