Winter Genealogy Workshops

Our Genealogy Wokshop series continues with several new topics and several old favorites!  

All sessions will be held at OHS.  Saturday sessions are held from 10 am to 12 pm, Thursday sessions from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Sign up online at:

COST:  $15.00 for members of OHS, FCHGS and OGS and $20.00 for non-members 


GW18A           Introduction to Land Office Records in Ohio 
January 26, 2008, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Do you think that your ancestor may have bought land from the United States government or received a Revolutionary War bounty?  This course describes the differences between a bounty, a direct sale, a grant, and a homestead, and provides a description of how land was divided in Ohio.  The course points out where lands were available in Ohio to Revolutionary War veterans and describes how to determine who claimed Revolutionary bounty lands and how to locate individual claims.  Original records will be used to illustrate grants and surveys and all seven original land surveys will be covered.  This is a broad introduction to land records and will serve those just beginning research in this area.

GW2    Cornerstones of Genealogy 
February 9, 2008, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
This course establishes the foundation for all further genealogical research.  It provides the beginning genealogist or family historian with the scope, understanding, and sources of information used to prepare a family tree or family history.  Describes the uses and sources of Vital Statistics, Census Records, Land Records, and Probate Files. Includes topics such as military records, church records, identifying female ancestors, importance of source documentation, newspapers, family portraits, obscure sources, and record preservation. Summarizes special types of records available to add body to the basic information.

GW1    Family History Sources at OHS           
February 16, 2008, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Offers an in-depth look at the OHS holdings and their use in genealogy. Areas include Ohio public records, historical manuscript and audiovisual sources, and other unusual materials.  This session is ideal for those who want to find out more about the sources in the Archives/Library.

GW25  DNA – The “Gene” in Genealogy
March 1, 2008, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Would you like to discover the origins of your family?  Are you related to another family that conventional research hasn’t been able to confirm or deny?   Is your existing paper trail backed-up with DNA proof?  Genetic Genealogy is the latest tool available to begin, or add to, your family research and identify unrelated lines thus saving you precious hours or even years of research.    Come discover how DNA testing can open a whole new window of information and help guide you on your quest for your family roots.   
GW4    Understanding the Probate Process
March 15, 2008, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
When a person is deceased the probate process prescribes the disposition of his or her assets. Very often the probate file is a veritable gold mine of genealogical information This course describes the probate process both when there is a will and when no will exists. It explains the legal language involved so that one is able one to recognize various documents and understand their purpose. The value of other court cases as genealogical date sources is also discussed as well as the relevance of land records involved in probate. The course includes a description of land surveys and land record files with their location in the courthouse.

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