September 2014

What’s New · Family History Month Activities

Quaker meeting house photograph

Uncover your roots during Family History Month at the Public Library

This October, celebrate your family history at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, home to one of the nation’s top-ranked genealogy collections. The Library’s Genealogy & Local History Department will host a wide variety of programs ranging from introductory classes to family history to an in-depth look at the department’s extensive print and online genealogy resources. The festivities kick off Saturday, Oct. 4 at 10 a.m., at the Main Library.

Members of the Library’s Genealogy & Local History Department staff encourage customers to take advantage of the resources available to them not only during Family History Month but all year long. The Genealogy & Local History Department staff offer specialized reference assistance to all customers, present monthly tours, and will develop programs tailored to meet the needs of any size class or group, including family reunions.

Main Library Events

Day with Genealogy Experts

Saturday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m.โ€“3 p.m.
Take advantage of free, one-on-one consultations provided by more than 20 experts with specializations ranging from ethnic genealogy to court records and participate in guided tours of the Library resources. This year’s Expert’s Day seminars focus on Quakers, one of the earliest and most influential groups to arrive in Cincinnati.

Surveying Land Records for Genealogical Gold

Saturday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Go beyond the basics and explore land records. Morning lecture is followed by a hands-on computer lab. Pre-registration is required.

Genealogy Lock-In

Saturday, Oct. 25, 6:30โ€“11:30 p.m.
Join fellow genealogists for an after-hours research event. During the lock-in, five optional mini-tech instructional sessions will be offered. Pre-registration is required. The Friends of the Public Library Shop will remain open until 8:30 p.m. for any supply needs and features a wide variety of historical gift items.

Uncovering WWI Genealogy Resources

Saturday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the onset of World War I. Join Genealogy and Local History Manager Patricia Van Skaik, as she explores military records housed at the Library and a wealth of resources that provide a glimpse of civilian life during the Great War.

Library Branch Events

Introduction to Genealogy

Offered at three branch locations, this class will focus on “how-to” and online resources:
Sharonville Branch Library — 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7.
Westwood Branch Library — 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16.
Harrison Branch Library — 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20.

All programs are free and co-sponsored by the Hamilton County Genealogical Society.