Category Archives: Research Tips

A prestidigitator could not do better with your soiled shirts!

What is a prestidigitator you ask?  An illusionist or magician!  When is that last time you can think of someone using the word prestidigitator in normal conversation?  No one calls David Copperfield a prestidigitator, and I don’t blame them.  Calling … Continue reading

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Birds, Tomatoes, Vaudeville and More

During curators talks in May our staff will be discussing a wide variety of topics! May 3 Tis Sweet to Be Remembered: Josephine Klippart, A Columbus Artist Who Got Her Starting Drawing Birds and Fish Josephine Klippart was a Columbus … Continue reading

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Finding the Leaves of Your Family Tree in the Pages of Online Newspapers

Newspapers contain a wealth of information for those researching their family history. Whether it’s a birth announcement, death notice, business advertisement or report about a crime, you can find all kinds of things in newspapers. And while these historical treasures … Continue reading

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What are Manumission Registers?

And more importantly, how do you find them? They are registers of free African Americans living in Ohio prior to the Civil War. Those that have survived are a rich genealogical and historical resource. The book Registers of Blacks in … Continue reading

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“Ain’t I a Woman?” Sojourner Truth’s Famous Speech in the Newspapers

On May 28-29, 1851, a Women’s Rights Convention was held in Akron, Ohio, to rally support for women’s suffrage. That year, Ohio was holding a Constitutional Convention, and petitions were being collected across the state asking the legislature to give … Continue reading

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African American Genealogical Resources Workshop

African American Genealogical Resources Thirty-five years ago Alex Haley’s Roots prompted an unanticipated surge in peoples’ desire to examine their roots. While Haley’s efforts were directed toward developing his own ancestry, his narrative ignited a passion for family research in … Continue reading

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Guest Post: About Hymnary.org

Hymnary.org is an online hymn and worship music database for worship leaders, hymnologists, and amateur hymn lovers alike. It is a project of the Christian Classics Ethereal Library and the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship in partnership with The Hymn … Continue reading

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County Office Research: Focus on the County Auditor & the County Recorder

Have you ever wondered how or why records in a county office were created? The county auditor and recorder offices create a variety of records that help us understand where and how our ancestors were living. Finding an ancestor documented … Continue reading

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Family History Research: How to Find Naturalization Records

Interested in genealogy? Just getting started? Been at it for years? Join us at the Ohio History Center this Saturday, September 8, from 10am to noon, for the Genealogy Workshop: How to Find Naturalization Records. The United States is influenced by … Continue reading

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Family History Research: The Civil War War (GW30B)

Are you interested in how to research the experience of an Ohio soldier during the Civil War?  Are you having difficulty identifying records of military service during this conflict?  This presentation will focus on the three main types of war … Continue reading

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