NOTE:  During this time of uncertainty with Covid, our meetings are being held virtually. We hope to eventually return to meeting at the library, but at this point no date has been set for that. We are still meeting on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7 p.m.

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 can plan your calendar for attendance at our meetings!

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January 10 - Professional researcher Carla S. Cegielski, will give a presentation on the Daughters of the American Revolution's Genealogical Research System (GRS). She will show attendees how the multi-faceted GRS is a genealogical resource available to everyone. It offers a variety of indexes, many of which cannot be found elsewhere. Discover some new tools to assist you in your family history research. – This program will not be recorded per the speaker’s request.


February 14 – Stephen Wendt presents Hitting the Prussian Genealogical Jackpot: Beyond Church Records - Sometimes church records are not enough to make further progress with Prussian family research. Gain a better understanding for other types of records with this Prussian case study.   





January 11 - "The Coded Census" presented by Thomas MacEntee

Thomas will discuss the history of Census Codes, what categories they covered, where to find the census coded tools online for each census from 1910 to 1950, what instructions the enumerator was given, and how these codes can help in genealogy research.


February 8 – Using Excel for Your Genealogy – presented by John Kolb. Learn how Excel can be a valuable tool to use for genealogical purposes.


March 8 – Irish Genealogy – presented by Michael Brophy -


The lecture will start with the central event in the history of Irish genealogy, the destruction of the Public records Office in Dublin on June 30, 1922. As a result unique challenges and realistic expectations for Irish ancestral research will be discussed. Vital rec-ords, immigration documentation, and unique resources will be presented. Examples are used to emphasize key principals and record holdings such as the lineage of notable Irish American Grace Kelly. The overall goal of the lecture is to give attendees a practical guide to finding the origins of their Irish ancestors in a broad overview lecture.




May 10 - "A Case Study: A Mystery First Cousin" with Kelly Bergheimer - Learn the methodology and steps needed to uncover who a person is in your autosomal DNA match list. Learn how to manage those tough ethical dilemmas and hear ideas on how to responsibly hold the knowledge of a family secret.


Kelli Bergheimer, is a writer, teacher, editor, and national genealogical speaker.


June 14 "Gerr's Journey To Find Her Birth Father: A Case Study" with Kelly Bergheimer




AUGUST 9 – “NaturalizationKnow-How: The Laws & Records of  U.S. Citizenship” – presented by Rich Venezia. Rich is a nationally known speaker.


SEPTEMBER – Ohio Deed Research with Dana Palmer.


OCTOBER – “The Magic of German Church Records” with Katherine Schober


NOVEMBER – Brian Rhinehart, will present "Finding Your 19th Century Ancestors on Fold3-- Is There a Better Way?"


DECEMBER 13 – “Death by Undue Means’ Coroner’s Records” – presented by Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist. This program will not be recorded. Judy is another nationally known speaker and presents with a sense of humor as well.