Featuring Sunny McClellan Morton and Chris Staats on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 9:30 am - 4 pm at the Main Library Auditorium, 60 South High Street, Akron, Ohio 44326. This program is presented by the Special Collections Division of the Akron-Summit County Public Library.
|9:45–10:45 am||Why We Care Where Grandma Went to Church|
|11:15 am–12:15 pm||They Once Were Lost but Now Are Found: Using U.S. Church Records to Solve Genealogical|
|12:15–1:30 pm||Lunch on your own|
|1:30–2:30 pm||Order in the Court! A Brief History of Ohio Courts and the Records They Created|
|3–4 pm||Buried Treasure: Finding Your Ancestors in Ohio’s Local Government Records Collection|
Sunny McClellan Morton teaches genealogy for local, state, national and international audiences. She is Contributing Editor and Genealogy Insider columnist for Family Tree Magazine, as well as Editor of Ohio Genealogy News. She has been an instructor for Family Tree University, and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the International Society of Family History Writers & Editors.
U.S. church records can reveal ancestors’ vital events, family relationships and prior/ subsequent residences (including overseas birthplaces). Learn what various types of church records look like, how to identify an ancestral church, locate extant records and access them.
When are church records worth your while? When you’re trying to answer specific kinds of questions. Lively case studies show how church records from various time periods, denominations and ethnic groups were located and used to address different research questions.
Chris Staats regularly presents and writes on genealogical topics including methodology, resources, and technology. He has written articles for many publications including Family Tree Magazine and Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and Seminar Chairperson for the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Genealogical Committee.
Ohio’s court system has undergone numerous revisions since its Northwest Territory days. This lecture will describe the evolution of different courts, their jurisdiction, and their records.
Ohio’s Local Government Record Program has preserved a wealth of records that can’t be found elsewhere. This lecture will cover what they are and how to access them.