Finding your lost ancestors

Are you having trouble finding records for a particular ancestor? Have you located him or her in a census, but were unable to find that ancestor in the subsequent census records? How can this roadblock be overcome?

The key to locating that elusive ancestor may be using the “Cluster Genealogy” research method. Our ancestors did not live in isolation. They lived and traveled in a group of family, friends and/or neighbors.

Dr. Deborah A. Abbott, Ph.D., will be explaining this research tool at the Wednesday, June 20, meeting of the Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. Dr. Abbott currently serves as a Cleveland district trustee on the OGS board and is a retired professor of counseling from Cuyahoga Community College. She is a past-president of the African-American Genealogical Society, Cleveland and specializes in African-American and court records research.

The program begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Porter Room of Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. Social time, with refreshments, is from 6:30-7:00 p.m. The public is invited, free of charge. For more 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 10, Issue 11, Posted 10:09 AM, 06.05.2018