Exploring your roots with genealogical resources

Are you looking for an escape from Northeast Ohio’s cold and blustery winter weather? Consider traveling to warm and friendly Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, where members of Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, in partnership with the library, are offering their time and talents to help others who are researching their family history.

Members will be available in the computer lab on Wednesdays, Feb. 4 and March 4, from 1-2:30 p.m. Just bring your pedigree and family group sheets, or whatever information you have collected thus far, on a particular ancestral line. Cuyahoga West volunteers will help you extend your research, or get you started on your journey.

If you desire more instructional guidance, consider attending the next evening program at Porter Library on Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The program, part two of the three-part series “Digging for Your Roots: Embarking on the Quest,” will explore resources that are most useful in doing family history research. President Jim Denham and treasurer John Noble will take you on a tour of some popular genealogical websites and Porter Library’s local history librarian, Dan Dmytrykiw, will share what resources are available at the library. Program starts at 7 p.m. Social time, with refreshments, is from 6:30-7 p.m.

There is no charge for attending a meeting or a help session and you do not need 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. Also, members are entitled to a 10 percent discount on chapter publications. Membership runs from January through December and dues are just $15, $18 for two people at one address.  

For additional information, visit rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohcwogs or email cuyahogawest@gmail.com.

Jayne Broestl

Publicity Chair for the Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society that meets at Westlake Porter Public Library.

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