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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Spring 2020 Classes & Programs
Classes last from two to three hours. Attendees are welcome to use the Research Library until 5:00 pm. Laptops and other devices always welcome in the classroom.
Click here to see the Spring 2020 program schedule.
04 January 2020: 12 noon
“Searching for Your Elusive Prussian Ancestors: Case Study”
Presented by Stephen Wendt, MLIS, a professional genealogist, lecturer and owner of Tree Tidings. Stephen specializes in Prussian/German and Scottish Genealogy. All classes are $15 unless otherwise indicated. Participants are welcome to use the Research Library until 5:00 pm. Library Tour included
01 February 2020: 12 noon
“Finding Your Way Through FamilySearch”
Presented by Chris Staats, professional genealogical researcher, presenter and writer. The search box has become a staple of modern genealogical research. But the FamilySearch website has much more to offer than simply a search box. Learn strategies to access millions of non-searchable records, and discover what other resources the FamilySearch site has to offer.
14 March 2020: 12 noon – CANCELLED
“Opening the Door to Family History”
This class is designed for the beginning researcher. We’ll cover how to get started, using home sources, how to organize your material, the basics of documenting and great websites you can use.BOGO—Bring One Get One—invites you and a guest to attend this class for $15. Bring a family member or friend. You must register yourself and your guest by name. Presenter will be Genealogical Committee Member Heber MacWilliams. A behind-the-scenes tour of the library is available after class. Participants are welcome to use the Research Library until 5:00 pm. Library Tour included
04 April 2020: 12 noon CANCELLED
“Did Your Ancestors Wear Tartan?: Tracing Your Ancestors from America to Scotland.”
Presented by Amanda Epperson, PhD., author of “The Family Tree Scottish Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Ancestors in Scotland”. All classes are $15 unless otherwise indicated. Participants are welcome to use the Research Library until 5:00 pm. Library Tour included
02 May 2020: 12 noon – CANCELLED
“Researching Your Revolutionary War Patriot”
Presented by Jill Filo Sutton, Registrar of the Akron DAR and the Ohio Society DAR Application Team. This class will focus of researching the National DAR database, DAR applications, and the DAR organization along with the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), and Children of the American Revolution (CAR). All classes are $15 unless otherwise indicated. Participants are welcome to use the Research Library until 5:00pm. Library Tour included
06 June 2020: 12 noon CANCELLED
“How to Research in the Library”
Learn how to get the most out of the vast collection at the WRHS library. This session is for beginners to advanced researchers who want to learn more about the available resources and the best approach for finding information. This session will be FREE. Participants are welcome to use the Research Library until 5:00pm. Library tour included.