School is out, family time is in!

The author found this circa 1918 photo of her great-great-grandmother Lavina Katrina Field Putnam Smead with grandchildren: baby Franklin (Jim), Alice and Clifton Putnam. Photo courtesy Jayne Broestl

Genealogy is for kids of all ages

Now that summer is here and the weather is nice, spending time outdoors is relished. But what if it is raining? How can you find something for your kids or grandkids to do indoors, that they will find interesting and meaningful? 

Look no further. Sharing family stories and tracing your lineage can be just as fun for your kids and grandkids as it is for you. If you have been meaning to draw your family into your research and do not know how to do that, Betty Franklin of the Westlake LDS Family History Center will be presenting “Helping Young People Make Their Family History Come Alive!” on Wednesday, June 15, at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.    

Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society is hosting this unique multi-generational program and is inviting the public to attend. A retired teacher, Betty combines her teaching skills with her love and knowledge of researching family lineage and stories. So, bring your kids and grandkids! If they are unable to attend, come anyway to learn how to get those younger members of your family excited about their heritage. 

Program begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Porter Room. Social time, with refreshments is from 6:30-7:00 p.m. There is no charge for this event. For additional information visit or email


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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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 9:48 AM, 06.07.2016