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Trip through Time with the Census
March 20, 2008, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Census records are the key to adding real life to your family history. They contain a wealth of family and social information and rank next to vital statistics in their value to the genealogist. This course examines the data within a census and the relationship of that data with information in other census records. It identifies specific census data elements and schedules of special importance to the genealogist. It discusses census availability, uses of indices, special finding aids, and the Internet and explains how maps and directories can be used to supplement census data.
Newspaper Research for Genealogists
April 3, 2008, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
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.
Religious Records and Roots
May 10, 2008, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Church and synagogue records often provide valuable information for the family historian. However, tracking a church through the centuries can be a complicated process. This class will explore types of existing records according to a denomination’s customs and potential locations of these records, covering both published and unpublished resources.
More Land Office Records in Ohio
May 15, 2008, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
This course will identify where public land offices were located in Ohio and describe what records kept at each office provide necessary information to determine who first purchased land, and when payments were made. Emphasis is on the description of land survey (field notes and measurements), entry, and payment records at the Ohio Historical Society and how to best use them.
Military History Resources and the Family Historian
May 17, 2008, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Military records generate from three different kinds of status: pre-service, actual service, and post-service. Basically these records fall into three categories: draft or selective service records, service records, and benefit records. This course reviews the different kinds of records that apply to each status in relation to a particular conflict. Draft records, military service records, pension files, rosters and militia records are discussed in detail. You will learn what information is in these records, how the information was obtained, where the records are located and how to access them. OHS holdings will be highlighted with examples of original records available in the Archives/Library.
June 7, 2008, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Have you ever wanted to get expert advice on how to solve the unsolvable in your family history research? This is your chance to grill the professionals. Join us for an open discussion of search strategies, hidden treasures and hard to find records. Come prepared with your own research mysteries or just listen and learn from others.
Panelists will include representatives of the OHS Research Services staff, Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society and other experts.