Monday, May 14, 2018

Genealogy Foundations Series-Register Today!

Stranded? At the end of the road? The Genealogy Foundations series is a multi-class series that lays the foundation for effective family research. Learn search strategies to locate your ancestor's records regardless of how their name was spelled, transcribed, garbled, or misread. Improve your research skills and methodology while exploring a few key resources: census, newspapers, vital records and their substitutes, published genealogies and histories. Build a bridge to the past based on a firm footing.

All sessions are held in the 3rd floor computer lab at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Branch, 800 Vine Street. Space is limited and preregistration is required.  A registration form can be found at  For best results, plan on attending all sessions. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Stratton.

Session 1, May 19, 10 AM to 12:30 PM*, “What’s in a Name?” 
Session 2, June 2, 1 PM to 4 PM, “Making Sense of the Census” 
Session 3, June 9, 1 PM to 4 PM, “Extra! Extra! Read all about your Ancestors in the News” 
Session 4, June 23, 1 PM to 4 PM, “It’s Vital to Find Births, Marriages and Deaths” 
Session 5, June 30, 1 PM to 4 PM, “Published Genealogies and Histories, and Cousin Connections”
*The first session will be held in the morning. If you are unable to attend, please let Liz know and she will make alternate arrangements to get you the course materials.

Friday, May 11, 2018

They Survived the Johnstown Flood?! How to Reconstruct Your Ancestors' Stories with Sunny Morton

Second St. East from Walnut, Cincinnati, Ohio, during the Great Flood, April 1913, postcard (Cincinnati: Kraemer Art Co., 1913); image ocp001189pcpfb, "Greater Cincinnati Memory Project," Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Digital Library ( : 2018). Reproduced with permission of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
1907, 1913, 1937, .... What Cincinnati floods did your ancestor survive?

Sunny Morton's ancestors survived the Johnstown Flood. Learn how Sunny researched in a variety of sources to uncover a heroic rescue, a love story, and a 30-foot wall of water. Sunny will demonstrate how to reconstruct fascinating experiences from your own family history.

Sunny Morton is an internationally-known, award-winning genealogy writer, editor, and speaker. She will be presenting this lecture live from a remote location. There will be an opportunity to ask questions following her presentation.

When: Saturday, May 12, 10:30-11:45 am
Where: North Central Branch, PLCH, 11109 Hamilton Avenue

For more information, see our website, .