Meetings are held the second Monday of each month in the meeting room at the North Ridgeville Branch of the Lorain Public Library, 35700 Bainbridge Road, North Ridgeville, Ohio 44039, 440-327-8326. Social Time: 6:30 pm; the general meeting and program begins at 7:00 pm. Exceptions such as field trips, picnics and other activities will be announced in advance here and in the Lorain County Researcher. Check back to this link often so that you might plan your calendar for attendance of our meetings!!


Events for 2018


January 8"Where did Grandpa Live? Mapping your Ancestors" presented by Mary Jamba. Paint a picture of your ancestors’ lives by finding their location on historic maps. The local environment and geography played major roles in their lives.


February 12 – “Murder in the Family: Researching a 100 Year Old Mystery” presented by Deb Root Shell.  Deb will tell us the story of the murder and she will explain her research process and sources.


March 12 – “English & Welsh Parish Records 1538 – 1837” presented by England native Elizabeth Pearson. This program will examine the historical parish jurisdictions and the personal and cultural impacts of the church/state law that governed most citizens regarding baptism, marriage, burial and many other life events.


April  9 - “Photo Intelligence – How to Get the Most Out of Your Old Photos” – presented by Norm Lewicki – Discover ways to analyze old photos and uncover information you didn’t know was there.


May 14“A Gift of Life: Who’s Writing Your Story?”  Presented by Dr. Debbie Abbott – Debbie will discuss a different approach for telling your life story.


June  11“Homespun and Calico: Researching The Lives Of Our Foremothers.” – by Peggy LauritzenPeggy will discuss ways of proving the existence of these women whose names seldom appeared in legal documents.


July – No Meeting


August 13“Cluster Genealogy: Finding Your Lost Ancestor” – Debbie will discuss researching relatives, neighbors, and friends to find information about your lost ancestor.


September 10 “The Results Are In” – Mary Jamba will explain what the DNA test results mean.


October 8 – “Until Death Do Us Part: An Examination of the Marriage and Divorce Laws of the 1800s” – presented by Tom Neel. Tom will discuss the laws that governed both marriage and divorce, the records that are generated by both, and the locations where records can be found.


November 12 - “How to Prepare a Lineage Application” presented by Margaret Cheney


December 10 - “Show and Tell” – Share an object, a story, or an interesting discovery in your research.