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February 28, 2014
Detail of a birth and baptism fraktur listing the dates, parents and sponsors of Philip Henry Axline and his wife Katherine, both born in 1780s and baptized in Loudon County, Virginia.Detail of the front page of the November 1, 1918, issue of the Cincinnati Freie Presse (Cincinnati Free Press) a German-language newspaper published in the Queen City.Detail of a naturalization certificate for John Snyder issued by Montgomery County Probate Court on October 9, 1865.Photo of Dr. Michael Locopo, instructor for the genealogy workshop “How to Overcome Brick Wall Problems in German American Research” at the Ohio History Center in Columbus on Saturday, March 15, 2014.Photo of a circa 1950 home in Dalebrook Estates, representative of the housing in Cleveland suburbs of 1945 to 1969 that Cuyahoga County Planning Commission will study with the aid of grant from Ohio’s History Fund.
Family History
German American
Genealogy Workshop Is March 15

Are you among the many Ohioans who trace their roots to Germany and German ancestors?

Join us at the Ohio History Center in Columbus on Saturday, March 15, 2014, for How to Overcome Brick Wall Problems in German American Research, a special genealogy workshop facilitated by experienced researcher and nationally-known speaker Dr. Michael Lacopo. (When genealogists and family historians reach a seeming dead-end and can’t find the information they’re looking for, it’s often called a brick wall.)

Specialist in German American Heritage Research
Lacopo specializes in German American heritage research, as well as research involving Mennonite families, Pennsylvania Germans and Midwest / Middle Atlantic genealogy (Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan and Pennsylvania).

The workshop will use Pennsylvania and German American case studies to highlight different ways in which you can revisit your own research brick walls to make a breakthrough.

Lacopo’s point-by-point lecture will explore how to formulate a genealogy research plan, how to use lesser-known resources and how to critically analyze the information you find. He’ll also share proven methods and techniques that you can use to help overcome roadblocks with immigration-related research. Lacopo believes that “most every brick wall can be overcome with perseverance, skill and sometimes a little luck!”

How to Overcome Brick Wall Problems in German American Research is presented in partnership with Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society and Columbus Metropolitan Library.

To Register
Cost to attend this workshop is $20 ($15/Ohio History Connection member). Advance registration is required. Call 614.297.2510 or visit www.ohiohistory.org/genealogy, where you'll also find more upcoming genealogy and family history workshops.

In northwest Ohio, visit www.rbhayes.org for genealogy workshops at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont.