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Friday, March 25 through Saturday, December 31
2022 Events - April update  (Announcement)
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Research in the Western Reserve Before 1850
Saturday, May 21
Research in the Western Reserve Before 1850  (Chapter Meetings)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Akron-Summit County Public Library, Room 2AB and Zoom
Do you have ancestors who settled in northeast Ohio before 1850? The usual pre-1850 search techniques apply, but the Western Reserve also has a unique history and a few unique sources to check out. Jane Gramlich, Librarian in the Special Collections Division at ASCPL, will discuss the history of the Western Reserve and its resources and research methods. 
   We will meet in room 2AB of the Main Library, downtown Akron, 60 South High Street.  www.akronlibrary.org  The meeting will also be on Zoom.  The speaker plans to be at the library.  Links will be emailed to members.  Visitors may contact the chapter for a link.  info@summitogs.org  The board meeting starts a half hour earlier at 1:00 p.m. and is always open to members or visitors.


Using the tools at GEDmatch: the Basics for Finding Relatives and More
Thursday, May 26
Using the tools at GEDmatch: the Basics for Finding Relatives and More  (Special Event)
10:00 am to 11:00 am
GEDmatch Webinar
Join us as Kitty Cooper discusses how to use the set of powerful tools on GEDmatch to find relatives while sharing best practices for both new and experienced users.
Kitty will demonstrate how to use GEDmatch without worrying about segments. This is an approach that will allow you to get a lot out of the site if you are newer to GEDmatch and genetic genealogy. Kitty's presentation will last approximately 1 hour, followed by a time for Q&A. This webinar is free and open to all GEDmatch members. This webinar will be recorded and available on-demand if you are unable to attend. 
 
The webinar was full when I tried to register. 


German Genealogy Conference
Friday, May 27 through Sunday, May 29
German Genealogy Conference  (Special Event)
7:00 pm to 6:00 am
Legacy Family Tree Webinars Monthly Conference

Five, completely FREE, pre-recorded classes on the topic of Germany (1 class is brand new, 4 classes are selected from the members-only webinar library).

  • The Voyages of Our German Immigrants (brand new!) by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG
  • Untangle the Web of German Websites by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG
  • Leaving a paper trail – Other German sources besides church books and civil records by Andrea Bentschneider
  • So, You’ve Found Your German Town of Origin, Now What? by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG
  • German Names and Naming Patterns by James Beidler

Viewing all five classes is free. There’s no registration necessary. Even the syllabus is free for the day. Opens, below, at 12 a.m. GMT on Saturday and concludes at 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time Saturday night.

(Friday, May 27 7:00 p.m. through Sunday, May 29, 6:00 a.m.)

familytreewebinars.com/Conference

 




Wednesday, June 1 through Saturday, December 31
Legacy Family Tree Webinars Monthly Conference  (Special Event)
Legacy Family Tree Webinars Monthly Conference

Join us right here to enjoy completely FREE, pre-recorded classes on the topic of ...

Themes: BMDs/vital records (June), Military (July), New England (August), 2nd annual Webtember event (September), Writing and Publishing (October), Census (December)

Viewing all classes is free. There’s no registration necessary. Even the syllabus is free for the day. Opens, below, at 12 a.m. GMT on Saturday and concludes at 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time Saturday night.

familytreewebinars.com/Conference

 



Genetic Genealogy with Richard Hill
Saturday, June 11
Genetic Genealogy with Richard Hill  (Special Event)
10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Online Special Event of Akron-Summit County Public Library
Navigate the complexities of genetic genealogy with Richard Hill.

Are you curious about DNA testing for genealogy? In the first of two presentations, "Genetic Genealogy Overview," Richard will explain what genetic genealogy can do for you. He will explain the different test types and the key factors that will impact your results. He will review the strengths and limitations of the major DNA testing companies and review the best tools for getting the most information from your genetic matches. Richard’s second presentation, "Understanding the Ethnic Ancestry in Your DNA Test," will focus on the ethnicity reports included with many of the DNA tests. He will explain why results often don’t match expectations, why different testing companies yield different results, and why Native American DNA is so rare. As an example, he will show and compare the results where the same person did eight different tests. A question and answer session will be held after each presentation.

Richard Hill did not plan to be a pioneer. He was just an adoptee trying to identify unknown birth parents. Yet his innovative application of DNA testing put him on the front page of "The Wall Street Journal." Later, he shared the story of his decades-long search in his award-winning book, "Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA." Now, thousands of adoptees are following Richard’s path, using genetic genealogy DNA tests to bypass sealed birth records and unite with their first families. Countless more adults are discovering new genetic relatives, and extending and confirming their family trees. For more information on Richard and genetic genealogy, see his website DNAFavorites.com.

Register online, in person, or by phone at 330-643-9030.
https://services.akronlibrary.org/event/6516244
 


Cemetery Workshop
Friday, June 17 through Saturday, June 18
Cemetery Workshop  (Special Event)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Old Cemetery & Homeland Cemetery, Rootstown, Ohio
Join us for a do NO HARM approach to tombstone marker restoration.
Instructor: Tim Foor, Conservator, Hallowed Grounds Cemetery Preservation L.L.C
Benefits: Families, Scouts, Historical Societies, Cemetery Assn., Communities, Townships
We will learn to: * Clean with approved D/2  * Level bases properly * Upright fallen stones * Fix broken stones  * Tombstone material & history  * Raise multi piece monuments
 
Old Cemetery
Friday, June 17 all day
Saturday, June 18, 1/2 day
Homeland Cemetery
Saturday, June 18, 1/2 day
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily

Needed supplies provided.
Bring personal items: sunscreen, lawn chair, hat. Lunch and beverages will be available to buy.
Parking at First Congregational Church, 4022 St Rt 44, Rootstown
Handicapped ONLY parking at the Old Cemetery, West Dr., Rootstown
Sponsored by: Rootstown Old Cemetery Committee and Rootstown Township Trustees
Send donations to: Rootstown Historical Society, PO Box 83, Rootstown OH 44272
Email: rootstownhistoricalsociety@gmail.com
To Preregister and Information: Call or text John at 330 714 6066
 


Italian Ancestry Research - Double Feature
Saturday, June 18
Italian Ancestry Research - Double Feature  (Chapter Meetings)
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Akron-Summit County Public Library, Room 2AB and Zoom
NOTE: The time has changed to start at 1:30 p.m., the reason being we have added a speaker. 
 
Italian History - by Tom Cirincione
An overview of Italian history as it pertains to genealogy, along with etymology discussing Italian surname derivations. 
Tom Cirincione is the President of the Cleveland Italian Ancestry Organization (CIAO).   Tom co-founded the group, formerly known as POINT, back in 2008.   Tom has spoken locally on the topics of Italian Genealogy and Researching Newspapers.   He began his genealogical pursuits back in the early 1980's.   In 2018 Tom was recognized by the Cleveland Italian-American Heritage Committee, in conjunction with the city of Cleveland, for his contributions to Italian culture.  Tom is a native of New York State and has resided in Westlake since 1996.
 
Understanding Italian Civil Records by Bryan Schneider
What are Italian civil records? What is the background on their existence and is it uniform across Italy? Which records are available online and what pertinent information can be extracted, even without a linguistic knowledge of Italian?

Bryan is a professional genealogist, researcher and lecturer based in Southern Italy for more than ten years. He grew up in Stow and graduated from OSU. My Bella Basilicata Genealogy focuses on Southern Italy (Basilicata, Puglia and Campania), Bryan and his wife Valerie also help their clients to experience their ancestral towns with their Heritage Immersion Days.

Their passion at My Bella Basilicata in helping ancestors of Italian emigrants reconnect with their ancestral roots has been featured on Italian RAI television at both a regional and national basis.

My Bella Basilicata can also be found on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

My Bella Vacanza, LLC - My Bella Basilicata
www.mybellabasilicata.com
info@mybellabasilicata.com
https://www.facebook.com/MyBellaBasilicata
https://www.instagram.com/mybellabasilicata
 
     We will meet in room 2AB of the Main Library, downtown Akron, 60 South High Street.  www.akronlibrary.org  The meeting will also be on Zoom.  The speaker plans to be at the library.  Links will be emailed to members.  Visitors may contact the chapter for a link  info@summitogs.org  The board meeting starts a half hour earlier at 1:00 p.m. and is always open to members or visitors.
 


Genealogy and DNA Interest Group
Monday, June 20
Genealogy and DNA Interest Group  (Meeting)
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Online Event of Akron-Summit County Public Library
Ask questions and get answers about your family ancestry and DNA genealogy research during this virtual discussion.
Learn research tips, ask questions about your Genealogy research and DNA testing results. All experience levels are welcome. Meet other researchers and share resources, best practices, and advice.
Meetings will include a short program followed by group discussion and are held on the third Monday evening of the month. 
Register online, in person, or by phone at 330.643.9030.
https://services.akronlibrary.org/event/6528414
 


Professional Genealogy with Christine Cochran
Saturday, June 25
Professional Genealogy with Christine Cochran  (Special Event)
10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Akron Main Library Auditorium
Have you ever thought of hiring a professional genealogist or wonder what they do? Join Christine Cochran for some practical advice and surprising insight.

Christine will present two lectures:

  1. What's a Professional Genealogist?
  2. Many people have never hired a professional genealogist. But the demand is increasing as more and more people find elusive family members in their own research or just need help getting started. Or maybe you would love to know your family history but just don’t have time to invest. In this talk I cover things you should consider before, during, and after hiring a professional genealogist.
    • Tales From the Life of a Professional Genealogist
    • Truth is often stranger than fiction. In this talk, I will present seven different stories collected during my time as a professional genealogist. One story is not true. Can you figure out which one it is? In each story, I will share with you information on genealogical research methods and resources. If you are not careful, you will learn something and may even get bitten by the genealogy bug!

Christine has been a genealogist for over 20 years. Her educational background is based in geological, environmental, and computer engineering. She researches within the United States but has also done research in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Europe. She provides genealogical research, consulting, and presentations with a focus on forensic genealogy including probate cases, DAR applications and supplementals, and residential genealogies. Learn more at Family and Forensic Genealogy.

Register online, in person, or by phone at 330.643.9030. 
https://services.akronlibrary.org/event/6526486
 



It’s Not All Online: Researching in Archives
Saturday, July 16
It’s Not All Online: Researching in Archives  (Chapter Meetings)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Akron-Summit County Public Library, Room 2AB and Zoom
   “Statistics say that there is less than 10% of all the world’s genealogical records are online”. This statement has been said by many genealogy professionals and archivists, including myself. The truth be told that percentage is probably more like 3%-5%. As genealogists, we are living in a time when there are huge amounts of genealogy records being put online daily. We can do research in the comfort of our own homes with our pajamas and fuzzy slippers until 3 o’clock in the morning if we want to. Unfortunately, we have been lulled into thinking that “everything is online”. When, most of all genealogy records are sitting in repositories waiting to be discovered by the genealogist. This presentation will show why you need to contact or visit an archive and seek out those records that are not online.
   Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager and Public Historian currently working at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives. She is affectionally known as The Archive Lady to the genealogy community. She lectures, teaches, and writes about the genealogy research process, researching in archives and records preservation. She conducts virtual presentations across the United States and other countries for various genealogy groups and societies. She writes a popular blog entitled A Genealogist in the Archives and is a well-known published book reviewer. She has been a Professional Genealogist for the past 17 years with expertise in Tennessee records. She has been researching her own family history for the past 32 years.
A Genealogist in the Archives agenealogistinthearchives.blogspot.com
Facebook "The Archive Lady" www.facebook.com/TheArchiveLady
   We will meet in room 2AB of the Main Library, downtown Akron, 60 South High Street.  www.akronlibrary.org  The meeting will also be on Zoom.  The speaker will be on Zoom. Links will be emailed to members.  Visitors may contact the chapter for a link.  info@summitogs.org   The board meeting starts an hour earlier at 1:00 p.m. and is always open to members or visitors.
 



Navigating the Records From The War of 1812
Saturday, September 17
Navigating the Records From The War of 1812  (Chapter Meetings)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Akron-Summit County Public Library, Room 2AB and Zoom
   From bounty land to pensions, there are no shortage of genealogical records for soldiers from The War of 1812.  Learn why these records were created, how to make sense of them, and what those records can contain for your ancestors. 
   Brian Rhinehart is a professional genealogist and speaker. He is a graduate of Boston University’s Certificate of Genealogy Research and the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (GenFed) in Washington DC. A direct descendant of six Civil War soldiers, Brian specializes in research and record retrieval for Civil War and War of 1812 soldiers at the National Archives in Washington DC and has retrieved military files for hundreds of clients there.  Brian will be speaking at the 2022 OGS Conference.  For other presentations by Brian this year, see the presentations page on his website, civilwarrecords.com
   We will meet in room 2AB of the Main Library, downtown Akron, 60 South High Street.  www.akronlibrary.org  The meeting will also be on Zoom.  The speaker will be on Zoom. Links will be emailed to members.  Visitors may contact the chapter for a link.  info@summitogs.org
The board meeting starts an hour earlier at 1:00 p.m. and is always open to members or visitors.



Hidden Treasures in Ohio's Court of Common Pleas
Saturday, November 5
Hidden Treasures in Ohio's Court of Common Pleas  (Banquet)
Annual Banquet
SCCOGS Annual Banquet.
    Common Pleas court is often a mystery to genealogists, partly because the office holder is called by another name - Clerk of Courts - and partly because we get a little shocked when we find out all the "good stuff" about our ancestors. We'll look at lawsuits, criminal records, divorces, bastardy cases, land partitions, quadrennial enumerations, earmarks, minister's licenses, tavern licenses, coroner's inquests, naturalizations, supreme court records, and we will closely examine a case packet. What a wide range of subjects, but that is common pleas! 
   Tom Neel is the retired Director of the Ohio Genealogical Society. He was graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with majors in history and botany-bacteriology and secured his Masters in Library and Information Science from Kent State University. He is a resident of New London OH and spends much of his free time at the New London Area Historical Society museum which he co-founded in 1985. In retirement, he is busy compiling some of his own family histories.