Family history research help available monthly at WPPL

Have you always wanted to explore and record your family history, but just don’t know where or how to begin? Or, have you reached a brick wall in your search for an elusive ancestor? Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Members of the Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) are ready to assist you with your family history quest.

This Chapter meets regularly from 7:00-8:45 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month (except August and December), in the Porter Room at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd. The next meeting will be a roundtable discussion on Wednesday, Jan. 19. Cuyahoga West members will recount their most interesting research trip. 

If you have only done your research on the internet, you are no doubt missing some rewarding experiences. Nothing can compete with seeing and holding the actual document of an ancestor’s guardianship papers, will or deed. And, there is still a mountain of data that has not been digitized for the internet. Come early for social time and refreshments from 6:30-7:00 p.m. There will also be time for members to help guests with general research questions.

If you cannot attend the monthly evening meetings, you may visit one of the Chapter's monthly help sessions offered on the first Wednesday of each month (except July, August, December and January), from 1:00-2:30 p.m., in the Conference Room at Westlake Porter Public Library. Just bring what information you have collected thus far, on a particular ancestral line, to one of these help sessions. Members will help you plan your next step. The next help session is Wednesday, Feb. 2, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. 

There is no charge for attending a meeting or a help session and you do not have to be a member. However, members do receive the added benefit of a quarterly newsletter, The Tracer, which includes notices of upcoming genealogical meetings and events, both local and national. 

Membership runs from January through December and dues are just $15 per person, $18 for two people at one address. For additional information, call 440-899-9201 or visit the website at  


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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 3:37 PM, 01.06.2011