Sunday, January 20, 2013

Black History Month Programs at PLCH

The Hamilton County Genealogical Society and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County are co-sponsoring a series of talks in February grouped under the banner "Pulling Ancestors from the Shadows."

Thomas Jordan, member of the Hamilton County Genealogical Society, is presenting a talk on "How to Pick Apart a Death Notice and Obituary" on February 2nd. Gail Burkholz and I had the privilege of hearing Thomas' discuss this topic in November, and I promise you will learn something new about this topic that you hadn't previously considered. Included is a letter that Thomas has developed to contact possible relatives to try to engage them in his family research. His results have been amazing.

Deborah Abbott, PhD, an OGS Board Trustee and specialist on African-American research, will host two sessions on February 9th. "From Slavery to Freedom" will use case studies that illustrate methods for connecting former slaves to their slave owners. The second session will focus on using "Cluster Genealogy."
Cluster Genealogy discusses the importance of researching an individual through extended family members, friends and the surrounding community. You may recall that Dr. Abbott is also presenting at the OGS Conference in April.

Rev. Mendle Adams, Dr. John Bryant and other researchers will host a panel on their work searching for descendants of forgotten African-American Civil War soldiers. They have discovered seven African-American heroes buried in unmarked graves at the Wesleyan Cemetery.

All programs are free, open to the public, and do not require registration. All will be held in the 3rd Floor Study Area of the Main Library. I hope to see you there.

Submitted by Kathy Reed

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