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In 1967, the Genealogical Committee was organized by a group of thirty individuals interested in pursuing genealogy.

The Genealogical Committee is a working committee of the Western Reserve Historical Society whose purpose is to further the study of genealogy through meetings, lectures, seminars, workshops and volunteering in the library. In addition the committee provides financial support in the acquisition of appropriate materials and equipment for the genealogical collections of the society’s library.

We work hard in the hobby that we love but we also know how to socialize through events that include our spouses, such as pot luck dinners, a cookout at Holden Arboretum and a boat ride up the Cuyahoga River.

The benefit of membership in the Genealogical Committee is the opportunity to gain additional knowledge about research techniques and what is new in the field of genealogy. Making new friends who share your interest in genealogy is a bonus.

Membership in the Genealogical Committee requires membership in the Western Reserve Historical Society and the payment of yearly dues of $20.00. 


How to Apply

To apply for membership in the Genealogical Committee contact:                                                                             

Joellen O’Neill at 216-481-1220 or joellenoneill@att.net

Sign Up Now for the WRHS Genealogical Committee Bulletin:
The Bulletin contains historical data of genealogical interest, announcements of genealogical seminars and meetings, a listing of genealogical collections recently acquired by the library and numerous other articles pertaining to genealogy. Issued quarterly.  Downloadable Subscription Form

Youth Roots Family History Writing Contest

The Western Reserve Historical Society’s Genealogical Committee is encouraging students to learn about their favorite ancestor and write about them. This is being fostered through the Youth Roots Family History Writing Contest. Students must submit a short essay (800-1200 words) by November 30, 2014 in order to be considered for the cash prize. As they explore their family history, help sessions with members of the Genealogical Committee are available to make research easier. The sessions are scheduled for Saturday, June 21 and Saturday, July 19. Students can register for help session online at www.wrhs.org. Winning entries are eligible to win the following cash prizes: $100 for first place, $50 gift card for second place, and a $25 iTunes gift card for third place. Contestant entries will be judged by members of the Genealogical Committee. Email genealogy@wrhs.org if you are interested in entering. Read about the FAQs by clicking here.




 In addition to the yearly seminar, the WRHS Genealogical Committee hosts an array of family history research how-to programs. Each program is $15 and take place from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the WRHS Research Library's Hassler Room. Registration for each event in advance is required.  Click here to view the entire WRHS Calendar of Events.   

May 10, 2014
"Cuyahoga County Archives Collections" presented by Dr. Judith Cetina
Learn more about the historical governmental record collections housed at the Rhodes House from the person who know them best. Though many collections have been digitized and are available on numerous website, there are still unique documents waiting for the interested researcher to discover. Dr. Cetina will also discuss the collections, including the status of the Cuyahoga County Archives.
Register online here.

June 7, 2014
"Putting Together the Pieces: Solving Puzzels Using Probate Records" presented by Chris Staats
Probate records provide an intimate window through which to view our ancestors' world. They reveal a wealth of information about an individual: family, relationships, friend and associate networks, occupation and lifestyle, and economic and social standing in the community. All of these make our ancestors' identities unique. Learn the where, why, and how of maximizing the usefulness of probate records and actively participate in solving real-life family history mysteries.
Register online here.



Youth Roots Family History Writing Contest FAQs:

How do I get started?  
Informative help sessions with WRHS Genealogical Committee members are scheduled for Saturday, June 21 and Saturday, July 19 in the WRHS Research Library. Please register online at http://www.wrhs.org/~/calendar/Youth_Roots_Help_Session?A=. For further information email: genealogy@wrhs.org
 
What can I write about? 
You can write: 
- A short biography of a deceased relative/ancestor, 
- Or a partial biography about an ancestor’s career, family life, hometown, military service, or another meaningful aspect of that person’s life, 
- Or an essay that places an ancestor’s life within their historical context or discusses how that relative is or is not “a product of their time.”    
- Can I have help? Yes! Our two free help sessions, Sat., June 21, and Sat., July 19, are available for you to receive guidance for your essay and research. Student admission is complimentary. An adult may accompany you at this session, adult admission fee is $10. Accompanying adults may give advice and suggestions, but the essay will be your own words and work.

What are the prizes?  
There are two divisions: Grades 7, 8, 9 and Grades 10, 11, 12. First, second and third prizes are in both divisions (First Prize: $100, Second Prize: $50, Third Prize: $25 gift card)

What else is there about the essay I should know? 
The DEADLINE is November 30, 2014. A single entry per student. Include student’s name, address, contact phone number or email number with entry.
Essay should have a title, be 800-1200 words in length, submitted in print form, double spaced, and submission must be postmarked by November 30, 2014. Address all entries to:
  Western Reserve Historical Society
  Genealogical Committee Youth Roots Contest
  10825 East Boulevard
  Cleveland, OH 44106.