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Classes & Programs

Special Collections offers several classes and programs to help you with your genealogical research. All are free and open to the public. See the flyers below for event descriptions and register online through the Library’s Event Calendar . For more information or assistance with registering, contact the Special Collections Division at 330-643-9030 or email us via our contact form.

Akron Family Recipes With Judy James - August 14, 2022

Genetic Genealogy with Richard Hill - June 11, 2022

Are you curious about DNA testing for genealogy? Richard Hill, author of Finding My Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in my DNA and DNA Favorites, can help you navigate this complex topic. In "Genetic Genealogy Overview," learn the strengths and limitations of the major DNA testing companies and review the best tools for getting the most information from your genetic matches. In "Understanding the Ethnic Ancestry in Your DNA Test," Richard explains why results often don’t match expectations and why different testing companies yield different results. This program was presented with the support of the Summit County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society.

Author Libby Copeland: The Lost Family

Watch award-winning journalist and author, Libby Copeland, and Special Collections Division Manager, Mary Plazo, discuss Copeland’s new book, The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are. In her book, Copeland explores the rapidly evolving phenomenon of home DNA testing, its implications for how we think about family and ourselves, and its ramifications for American culture broadly. Copeland is a freelance journalist who writes from New York for such media outlets as The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Atlantic and Smithsonian Magazine.