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Ohio Family History Research

Seminar
Online
April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2024
Live broadcasts: Wednesday 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. ET
$115
Sheilagh Doerfler
Hallie Kirchner
Rhonda R. McClure
Melanie McComb
10% Member Discount

Throughout its history as a territory and state, Ohio has long been a destination for people migrating for new opportunities, from early fur traders and homesteaders to African Americans travelling in the Great Migration of the 20th century. This four-part online seminar will provide an overview of the records, resources, repositories, and strategies for exploring your Ohio roots. We will also discuss the historical context that shaped the records available for your Ohio ancestors. Whether Ohio was a final destination for your ancestor or a stop along their journey west, join us for this deep-dive into family history research for the Buckeye State.

COURSE AGENDA

April 3 – Class 1: Settlement and Migration, presented by Rhonda R. McClure


In this first class, we will discuss the historical context of Ohio’s settlement—from early fur traders in the 18th century, to westward-bound homesteaders, African Americans travelling in the Great Migration of the 20th century, and beyond. You will learn how this history shaped the records available for your Ohio Ancestors.

April 10 – Class 2: Land Records, presented by Sheilagh Doerfler


Land records are an important, but sometimes overlooked resource for many family historians. They can include critical clues to identifying extended family members, the location of ancestral homesteads, and family relationships. In this class, learn how you can locate, read, and apply the information contained in Ohio land records to your own family history.

April 17 – Class 3: Essential Records for Ohio Family History Research, presented by Hallie Kirchner


In this class, we’ll share go-to Ohio-based resources, including vital records, histories, genealogies, tax records, and more. We will also touch on physical and digital repositories for Ohio resources.

April 24 – Class 4: Strategies Through Case Studies, presented by Melanie McComb


In this final class, you’ll learn how to put the strategies and resources discussed throughout the course into practice. We’ll walk through several case studies breaking down brick walls in Ohio research.

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