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Maternal Failure
Saturday, May 15
Maternal Failure  (Chapter Meetings)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
online chapter meeting of SCCOGS
Barb Baltrinic, local author will speak about her third book, Maternal Failure, which deals with her mother's personality disorder and inability to bond with her daughter.  The book chronicles Barb's research, finding two half-brothers, the identity of her bio-dad, growing up in a dysfunctional home, how secrets kept can cause family dysfunction, and learning how a child can become resilient to uncover the truth of their own identity.  Barb previously spoke to our chapter about her first two books, A Founder for All, about Abraham Clark, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and A Patriot for All, about Andrew Clark, Abraham's son.  Contact the chapter at for a Zoom link.

Monday, May 17 through Friday, May 21
National Genealogical Society 2021 Family History Conference  (Special Event)
online conference
Each day has a different focus.  Check the registration page for prices on each day. 
Conference brochure downloadable from the website.

Virtual DNA Genealogy Group Meeting
Monday, May 17
Virtual DNA Genealogy Group Meeting  (Meeting)
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Online DNA Interest Group of Akron-Summit County Public Library
Learn research tips, ask questions about your DNA genealogy research, and discuss those mysterious codes and links to your ancestors.  Note time has changed from what is on the flyer.  Register to receive a Zoom link

Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques with Deborah Abbott
Saturday, May 22
Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques with Deborah Abbott  (Special Event)
10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Online Special Event of Akron-Summit County Public Library
Ready to take your genealogy research to the next level? Join Special Collections for an informative program designed to help break down those brick walls.
Cluster Genealogy: Finding Your Lost Ancestor - Using a case study, this session will introduce the importance of researching ancestors by using extended family members, friends, and community. Learn how to develop techniques and strategies that will help increase the chances of locating that long-lost ancestor.
Voices from the Past: Using Manuscript Collections - You have checked home sources, gathered vital records, read state and local histories, and analyzed the federal census records, and still find bare limbs on your family tree. Manuscript collections may be the answer to breaking your brick wall. Learn how and where to find manuscript collections and other sources that can create a gold mine of information pertaining to your ancestor.

Register to receive a Zoom link.

Thursday, June 3
Using Ancestry in Your Genealogy Research  (Library Classes)
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Online Class of Akron-Summit County Public Library
Make the most of the tool,, to help in your genealogy searches.
Tallmadge Branch Library - Zoom.  Let our librarian show you how. Register to receive a Zoom link.

Saturday, June 5
Research Your Way to Genealogy Answers  (Special Event)
9:45 am to 4:00 pm
Virtual Conference of Family History Fanatics
Research Over My Shoulder: A Practical Guide to Researching Your Ancestors (Devon Noel Lee)
How To Effectively Research Newspapers For Your Ancestors (Lisa Lisson)
How to Research German Ancestors from the US to their Hometown (Miles Meyer)
Dissecting a Civil War Pension Record-Union & Confederate (Jill Morelli)
Panel discussion and fun
You'll have access to the replays for 30 days. 
Early bird registration is open. You can participate for $19.99 until May 22, $24.99 through June 4

Lifelong Learning: Enhancing Your Genealogical Skills
Saturday, June 19
Lifelong Learning: Enhancing Your Genealogical Skills  (Chapter Meetings)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
online chapter meeting of SCCOGS
Carla Cegielski will be our speaker.  Online access to original sources has revolutionized genealogical research. Opportunities abound for indexing, transcribing, geo-locating, recording oral histories, etc. Genealogists can take advantage of volunteer opportunities to enhance basic skills and learn new skills (i.e. learning by doing). The benefits for both the genealogist and the genealogical community at large are immense.
Carla S. Cegielski is a full-time genealogical researcher, lecturer and writer specializing in Ohio, western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia research. A former college instructor, Carla began lecturing on various genealogical topics in 2008. She is a frequent speaker at genealogical societies, libraries and conferences. She has a special interest in exploring and teaching others about underutilized record collections. Carla writes the Tech Tips column in the quarterly NGS Magazine.  Contact the chapter at for a Zoom link.

Following the DNA Breadcrumb Trail
Saturday, July 17
Following the DNA Breadcrumb Trail  (Chapter Meetings)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
online chapter meeting of SCCOGS
Learn to use genetic genealogy to find unknown parents and grandparents. These same methods can be used to verify your family tree as well as look for more distant ancestors. Contact the chapter at for a Zoom link.
Our speaker, Mary Jamba, is a trustee of the Ohio Genealogical Society, past president of the Greater Cleveland Chaper of OGS, program chair for the Western Reserve Histocial Society Genealogical Committee and DNA User Group Leader for the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group. She has solved more than 100 unknown parent cases using genetic genealogy.

Saturday, September 11
Discovery Day 2021  (Special Event)
Online Conference, Kirtland Family History Center
Planned as a virtual event at the present time.
Family History Center, Kirtland, Ohio
Updates here as information becomes available.

Webinar Library: 2021 Joy Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series
Friday, October 8
Webinar Library: 2021 Joy Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series  (Special Event)
11:00 am
The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) will host six free webinars live and to the public as this year’s Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series on 8 October 2021. The hour-long webinars begin at 11 a.m. U.S. Eastern time (9 a.m. Mountain time) and continue throughout the day. Six leading genealogists will speak on topic related to the Genealogical Proof Standard, DNA, ethics, immigration, and documenting our ancestors lives. The webinars are part of the Joy Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series, and are presented in conjunction with the Legacy Family Tree. The lecture series is in memory of BCG’s former trustee and vice president of the Board, Joy Reisinger, who began this lecture series for Family History Library staff during BCG’s fall board meetings.

Saturday, October 16
Family History Fair  (Special Event)
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Tallmadge, Ohio
Family History Center, Tallmadge, Ohio
More information later.