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Genealogy Workshops

Genealogy workshops are a great way to learn about family history topics of interest to your research.
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The Ohio History Connection’s Archives/Library, the Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society (FCGHS), and the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) jointly offer a series of workshops designed to help family history researchers find out about the many records and resources available for research.

The workshops offer an in-depth review of methods, tools, and sources for exploring your family’s history. We offer in-person workshops, hands-on technology topics, and webinar presentations. See individual workshop descriptions for location, date, and time.

Webinar: Getting Started on Your GenealogyWebinar: Getting Started on Your Genealogy

This webinar establishes the foundation for your genealogical research. It provides the beginning family historian with the scope, understanding, and sources of information used to prepare a family tree. Learn how to find and use vital statistics, census records, land records, and probate files. You'll be introduced to additional resources including military records, church records, newspapers, ways to identify those elusive female ancestors and how to use family mementos in your research journey.

Date: January 14, 2016
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Online
Cost: $15.00 Ohio History Connection or FCGHS members, $20.00 non-members, pre-registration required


Webinar: Family History Sources at the Ohio History Center

Webinar: Family History Sources at the Ohio History Center

This free webinar offers an in-depth look at Ohio History Center holdings and their use in genealogy. Topics include Ohio public records, historical manuscript and audiovisual sources, books and newspapers. This online workshop is an ideal way to find out more about the many and varied resources available to you in the archives and library at the Ohio History Center in Columbus and how to identify information that'll add to the story of your family.

Date: February 18, 2016
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Online
Cost: FREE, pre-registration required


Webinar: Family History Sources at the Columbus Metropolitan Library

Webinar: Family History Sources at the Columbus Metropolitan Library

This webinar gives a more intimate look at Columbus Metropolitan Library's collection and services for genealogists; areas of focus include Ohio, other states, foreign countries and some special collections including the Palatines To America (German) and Huguenot (French) collections. You’ll also learn about resources available through Columbus Metropolitan Library's genealogy webpage. This webinar is ideal for those who want to find out about the genealogy resources currently available at Columbus Metropolitan Library.

Date: March 24, 2016
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Online
Cost: $15.00 Ohio History Connection or FCGHS members, $20.00 non-members, pre-registration required


Learning More about Your Family Photographs

Learning More about Your Family Photographs

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. 

Date: April 16, 2016
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Ohio History Center
Cost: $15.00 Ohio History Connection or FCGHS members, $20.00 non-members, pre-registration required (space limited to 25 people)


Webinar: Newspaper Research for the Family Historian

Newspapers contain vast amounts of family history information beyond obituaries yet are often overlooked as a resource.  This class will cover birth, death and marriage announcements as well as legal notices, estate, land, and tax information and community “gossip” columns.  We will also discuss search strategies for locating newspaper holdings at the Ohio Historical Society through the online catalog. In addition, this workshop will introduce and demonstrate the use of Chronicling America and other digital newspaper resources for genealogy research.

Date: May 12, 2016
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Online
Cost: $15.00 Ohio History Connection or FCGHS members, $20.00 non-members, pre-registration required

 

Beginning Your African American Genealogy

Genealogy Forum: How to Overcome Brick Wall Problems in African American Research

Not sure how to start your family history research for African American ancestors?  Do you have a genealogy problem or “brick wall” that seems nearly impossible to solve? Bring us your questions and we’ll guide you to search strategies and resources that might help you break through those genealogical “brick walls”. Even if you’re not sure what to ask, you’re welcome to come to listen and learn from others. Panelists will include representatives of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society, and Ohio History Connection.

Date: May 21, 2016
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Ohio History Center
Cost: FREE, pre-registration recommended

 

Organization and Citation for the Family Historian

Whether you have been researching for days or decades, the results are the same: you have lots of great stuff but no way to retrieve it quickly. Are computer programs the answer, or another headache you don't have time for? This class will present workable paper and digital solutions to organizing and housing the information and sources you gather while researching your family history. 

Date: June 18, 2016
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Ohio History Center
Cost: $15.00 Ohio History Connection or FCGHS members, $20.00 non-members, pre-registration recommended


Cemeteries and the Family Historian

Cemeteries are thought of as very peaceful places. It is easy to go in, snap a couple of pictures, and leave. Like any other record, tombstones require evaluation; further, they can give clues when taken in context with the neighboring grave markers around them. Come find out how to collect biographical details that go beyond birth and death dates carved into stone.

Date: July 23, 2016
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Ohio History Center
Cost: $15.00 Ohio History Connection or FCGHS members, $20.00 non-members, pre-registration recommended


Researching Your Scots-Irish Ancestors

Join us for an evening of discovery with nationally known speaker Dwight Radford.  Learn how to research your immigrant ancestors who lived in the United States.  Find out about the resources in our country that will lead you to the point when you are ready to track your Scots-Irish Immigrant back “over the water.” Identify some of the quirks in Scots-Irish research including religious influence, social status, common names, and that seeming indifference to keeping track of a person’s true age. See how to use online resources that can aid your research. 

Date: August 9, 2016
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Ohio History Center
Cost: $15.00 Ohio History Connection or FCGHS members, $20.00 non-members, pre-registration recommended

 

Webinar: Family History Sources at the Columbus Metropolitan Library

Genealogy Forum at the Columbus Metropolitan Library

Not sure how to begin researching your family history? Are you stumped in your genealogy research? Bring us your questions and we'll guide you to search strategies and resources that might break through those "brick walls". Panelists will include representatives of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society, Ohio History Connection and Palatines to America-Ohio Chapter.
Date: August 27, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Columbus Metropolitan Library
Cost: FREE, pre-registration recommended

 

Family History Sources Research and Behind the Scenes Tour at the Ohio History Center

Discover 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.  Also, go on a special behind the scenes tour of our storage area at the Ohio History Center.

Date: September 24, 2016
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Ohio History Center
Cost: $35.00 Ohio History Connection or FCGHS members, $40.00 non-members, pre-registration required


Webinar: Family History Sources at the Ohio History Center

Paper 101: Archival Methods for Beginners

Have you ever wondered about the best way to protect and organize your precious family documents?  Do you ever question whether you’ve made the correct choice for how you’ve tucked away photos and ancestors’ diaries?  Are you organizing and storing your family history records in a way that ensures they will be around for your descendants to appreciate and enjoy?  Come to our hands on, how to class that explains how archivists arrange a collection, tell the story of the collection’s origin, organize the contents, and store the paper.

Date: October 15, 2016
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Ohio History Center
Cost: $15.00 Ohio History Connection or FCGHS members, $20.00 non-members, pre-registration required (space limited to 15 people)



Object Collections and the Family Historian

Have you wondered how to care for the china or the antique chair that have been kept in your family for generations? How to handle objects and proper lighting and temperatures will be discussed. This class will show how objects in the Ohio History Connection's collections might help you understand the lives lived by people documented in paper record research. This class will introduce you to searching for objects of interest in the Ohio History Connection's Online Collection Catalog.

Date: November 12, 2016
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Ohio History Center
Cost: $15.00 Ohio History Connection or FCGHS members, $20.00 non-members, pre-registration required (space limited to 15 people)



Webinar: How to Find Naturalization Records

You have heard that your ancestors came from Europe, Africa, or Asia. How do you verify this information? Ohio has always been a destination for immigrants who were settling into their new country. Learn what an individual had to do to become a naturalized citizen. 

Date: December 15, 2016
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Online
Cost: $15.00 Ohio History Connection or FCGHS members, $20.00 non-members, pre-registration required

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