This is a weblog about genealogy in and about the State of Ohio. It will feature news and views (mostly mine) about developments of interest to genealogists doing research in Ohio, no matter where they reside.--Wally Huskonen

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Still Time to Register for Cyndi Howells Seminar in Shelby, OH

We understand that the registration for the OGS-sponsored seminar by Cyndi Howells on using the Internet for genealogical research is likely to be filled before the event, so get your registration in soon. Go to the Ohio Genealogical Society's website at www.ogs.org to register, or call 419-756-7294 for registration materials or request them by e-mail via the website.

Ms Howells will present three lectures during the day-long session: "Googling for Grandma," "Internet Communications Depot," and "Planting Your Family Tree Online." She also will field questions from the audience during an hour-long question and answer session.

The event, which will serve to kick off Family History Month in Ohio, is on Saturday, October 1. It is being held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the James W. Kehoe Center for Advanced Learning; North Central State College (Shelby Campus); 175 Mansfield Ave., Shelby, Ohio. A map and directions are available on the Internet at .

Cyndi Howells is the owner and Webmaster of Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet, , a categorized index to over 209,500 online resources. It has three times been voted the best genealogy site on the Web and receives more than 3.2 million visits each month. Cyndi, a genealogist for more than 24 years, is a member of the board of directors for the National Genealogical Society. She is author of three books for genealogical research on the Internet titled, Netting Your Ancestors, Cyndi’s List, and Planting Your Family Tree Online: How to Create Your Own Family History Web Site.

A post-conference reception honoring Cyndi Howells will be held at the Ohio Genealogical Society's Library, 713 South Main Street, Mansfield, Ohio. The library will remain open for extended research hours following the reception.

The fee for OGS members is $25.00 and for non-members it is $35.00.

Preservation Primer for Genealogical Materials

The homepage of the Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, has a useful guide to “saving stuff” that applies to genealogy and family history research, compiled by the society’s Manuscripts Division. You can click on the following topic categories to learn how to make sure that your collected materials will be preserved for your descendents: All Documents, Paper, Scrapbooks, Newsprint, Films, Video, Audio Cassette Tape, Photographs, Photographic Media Types, Archival Supply Vendors.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Cleveland, Ohio Directory, 1837-38, Now Online at Ancestry.com

Cleveland, Ohio was home to over 2000 people in the late 1830s. Originally published in 1838, this database is a listing of city residents in that year. It provides the resident's name and address. Many entries also include the individual's occupation and employer. For those persons seeking ancestors from northern Ohio in the early nineteenth century, this can be an informative database.

The online database, available at Ancestry.com, was created by Amy Armstrong. Researchers interested in obtaining photocopies of a particular entry may contact the author of this database via e-mail: amyea@aol.com.

Source information: Armstrong, Amy. 1837-38 Cleveland and Ohio City, Ohio Directory. [database online] Orem, UT: Ancestry, Inc., 1999. Taken from: Cleveland Directory Company. First Directory of Cleveland and Ohio City, 1837-38. Cleveland, OH: Sanford and Lott, 1837.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Free Admission Ending Soon at WRHS

The summer free admission to the Library at Western Reserve Historical Society is ending on September 15. After that date, the admission for non-members will again be $7.50 per day.

There is no charge for members of the society to do genealogical research in the Library.

For hours and other details, consult the Society's website at www.wrhs.org or call 216.721.5722.

Tri-C GO 2005 Seminar Set for 22 Oct 2005

Cuyahoga County Council of Genealogical Organizations
Annual Tri-C GO Seminar

WHAT: Annual Tri-C-GO Seminar: Unlocking the Doors to Your Genealogical Research

WHEN: Saturday, October 22nd, 2005. Registration: 9:00 a.m. - Seminar: 9:15 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.

WHERE: Fairview Park Regional Library, 21255 Lorain Road, Fairview Park, Ohio

9:30 a.m. "An Archives Volunteer" by Donald Kozlowski, a volunteer at the Cuyahoga County Archives.

10:30 a.m. "DNA and Your Research, Part I" by Dr. J. M. Freed, Ph.D.

11:30 a.m. Lunch – bring a brown bag or go to one of the local restaurants

1:00 p.m. "DNA and Your Research, Part II" by Dr. J. M. Freed, Ph.D.

2:00 p.m. "Jammie Genealogy" by Lorraine Newsone and Friends. See how much fun you can have doing research from home.

Drawing will be at 12:00 noon. Don’t forget to get your tickets for fun prizes offered by the local genealogical societies. Winners must be present.
Christy Wiggins, Fairview Park’s Genealogist Specialist, will be giving library tours all day. Come and check out all the new and exciting things Fairview has to offer. The library will be open until 5:30 p.m.; giving seminar attendees an opportunity to do research at the close of the seminar.

HOST: The Greater Cleveland Genealogical Society.

COST: $15 if postmarked before October 9th; $20 after October 9th and at the door. Checks should be made payable and mailed to Greater Cleveland Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 40254, Cleveland OH 44140-0254.

Space is limited so please register early. No refunds will be issued. Handouts will be mailed to anyone who registered but was unable to attend.

Contact: Lorraine Newsome, Chair, 216-798-2552 or

This seminar is sponsored by the Cuyahoga County Council of Genealogical Organizations (CCCGO), a coalition of the genealogical groups in the Cuyahoga County area. All proceeds benefit Genealogical Research Libraries.