Digging for genealogical gold in probate packets

As 2019 comes to a close, Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society concludes their speakers’ program with Christopher Staats on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Porter Room of Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

Mr. Staats is a well-known Cleveland-based professional genealogical researcher, presenter and writer, whose geographical specialty is in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Cleveland records. As a writer, he has contributed articles to "Family Tree Magazine," "Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly," "Ohio Genealogy News," "Western Reserve Historical Society Bulletin" and other publications. A member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Chris serves as the chapter representative for the Great Lakes APG. He is also the seminar chairperson for Western Reserve Historical Society’s Genealogical Committee.

A returning favorite speaker, Mr. Staats will present “Beyond the Docket Books: Digging for Gold in Probate Packets.” Chris will begin with an overview of the probate process, docket books and probate packets. He will then show how careful scrutiny of the records can reveal information that may break a “brick wall” and/or enhance the narrative of an individual’s life story.

Program begins at 7:00 p.m. Social time, with refreshments is from 6:30-7:00. There is no charge for attending a meeting 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. Also, members are entitled to a 10% discount on chapter publications. Membership runs from January through December and dues are $17, or $20 for two people at one address.

For questions or additional information of upcoming 2020 meetings or help sessions, 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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