Genealogy Workshops

Selected Saturdays and Sundays, March - December 2017

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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Examine in this workshop the many 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. It will help you to identify information that will add to the story of your family. Seating is limited. Pre-registration required.
Single class scheduled on 3/18/2017 at 10:30AM
Join Jennifer Alford on a voyage of exploration of Jewish family history. She will explain that it is essential to learn the history of the Jewish people and the many definitions of Jewish ancestry to unearth the genealogy of your ancestors. Learn how to use databases, library catalogs, and networking websites to get closer to finding your Jewish ancestors and helping you "cross the pond" to their place of origin. Pre-registration recommended.
Single class scheduled on 5/21/2017 at 2:00PM
Director Tom Neel of the Ohio Genealogical Society will give some history of the nearly 60-year old organization, the 6-year old "new" library building, and will discuss and show examples from the plethora of collections hidden within its chambers. He will also touch on Ohio Genealogical Society functions and projects and educational programs offered by the library. Pre-registration recommended.
Single class scheduled on 6/10/2017 at 10:30AM
Have you driven by a cemetery and seen the headstones off their bases and scattered throughout the cemetery and thought "Somebody should restore this cemetery." Diane Druback and her husband did just that restoring the cemetery of his third great grandparents. Come and hear the fascinating story of how they used genealogical records, patents, track books, and plat maps to locate the Lowe Cemetery. Once they found it, they encountered cows using it as a pasture, which had knocked down all the tombstones. Discover their detective work as they repaired the headstones and matched them to their original locations. Pre-registration recommended
Single class scheduled on 7/22/2017 at 10:30AM
Curious about your Czech, Polish, or Slovak roots but don't know where to begin? Hit an impasse in your research? Come join Eastern European genealogy expert, Lisa Alzo, for this special seminar on how to start researching your Czech, Polish and Slovak ancestors. Learn how to tap into to new tools and resources and the tips and strategies for overcoming the most common pitfalls and problems encountered on both sides of the pond. Pre-registration recommended.
Single class scheduled on 8/12/2017 at 10:30AM
The TV commercials sparked your interest in your ancestors, but you are not sure how to get started. Come join renowned genealogist Dr. Deborah Abbott as she leads you on the journey to successfully trace your family history. You will learn about home sources, census records, pedigree charts, family group sheets, recording oral histories, gathering vital records, and organizing your records. She will show how she used these skills to trace slave ancestry. Pre-registration recommended.
Single class scheduled on 9/9/2017 at 10:30AM
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 10/14/2017 at 10:30AM
Records from Ohio's government operated institutions provide fascinating insights into the people who lived there. Information available could include photographs, height and weight, occupation, parents' and siblings' information, and the reason the person was admitted to the institution. Attendees will be shown how to search for information in the following institutions' records: Ohio Penitentiary, Ohio State Reformatory, and Ohio Women's Reformatory, Behavioral Healthcare and Developmental Disabilities Institutions operated by the State of Ohio, Boys and Girls Industrial Schools,Ohio School for the Deaf, and Children's Homes. Pre-registration required.
Single class scheduled on 11/12/2017 at 10:30AM
Columbus Metropolitan Library's Local History & Genealogy Division presents a workshop on how to date your house and learn its history. An expert researcher will teach you the tricks of the trade to date and learn about the history of buildings. Even if your house is newer or you think you know its date, this workshop will help fill in any blanks about its prior residents and your neighborhood's history. Resources explored will include digital databases, maps, and books from government offices and other sources. Pre-registration required.
Single class scheduled on 12/9/2017 at 10:30AM