Saturday, August 29, 2015

Set Sail for New Jersey in this Computer Chair Research Trip!

Did you know there are 1218 sources available for New Jersey Genealogy available at PLCH? Have you explored all of them for your ancestor? What about the many databases available on the New Jersey Archives website? Join us next Saturday, September 5, at either 1 pm or 3 pm (duplicate sessions) to explore these sources. Learn techniques for recording your searches so that you never repeat the same search in the same source again!


New Jersey Sources Near and Far

When: September 5, 1 pm OR 3 pm
Where: Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 3rd floor, computer lab
Preregistration:  (1 pm) OR (3 pm)

Submitted by Liz Stratton, Education Director

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Finding Immigrant Ancestors Using American Records

WHO:  Amie Bowser Tennant, Research Genealogist
WHAT:  Finding Immigrant Ancestors Using American Records
WHEN:  Saturday, September 12th, 11:00 - 12:30
WHERE: Clifton Branch Library, 3400 Brookline Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220
DIRECTIONS: branches/clifton.html 

How many of us have said at one time or another that we've successfully researched our ancestors in the United States but don't feel confident that we have the skills to research those from "across the pond?" Many of us know that our ancestors came from Germany, Ireland or fill-in-the-blank. However, we may not know the specific town, be unable to read their native language or have any idea where to begin.

Our speaker, Amie Bowser Tennant will discuss her techniques for using American records to answer many of our questions about immigrant ancestors before utilizing records from their homeland. Amie also has some amazing tips and tricks on how to make best use of Ancestry and FamilySearch.

As someone who has had the privilege of hearing this talk, I can tell you that it has appeal for both "newbie" genealogists and those with years of experience. Amie uses a case study to demonstrate the clues gathered from many different record groups to create a complete timeline of an immigrant's whereabouts in America. She also discusses "workarounds" to best utilize Ancestry and FamilySearch when compiling facts about your ancestor.


Clifton Branch Library

We thought it might be fun to hold this program at the new Clifton Branch Library. This newly-opened library is in the former home originally owned by "Boss Cox." A brief history of the building is included on the page linked above. We will meet in the third-floor meeting room. There is free parking and the library is fully accessible. We hope to see you there.

Submitted by: Kathy Reed. Program Director