Yearly Archives: 2018

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January Meeting and Potluck Luncheon

January 31, 2019 we will be hosting our annual Potluck Luncheon at 11:30am at Morley Library in Painesville. Following the luncheon Mary Milne Jamba, our feature speaker will be presenting “Epitaphs and Icons – what you can discover in the graveyard”.

Bring a dish, bring your appetite and BRING A FRIEND!

Join us for our November meeting

Have you wanted to learn how to research and find your ancestors and create your family tree? Please join us as we share stories of our own successes in our research, learn more about Lake County history and the surrounding areas, and learn how and where to conduct genealogical research from society members and local genealogy experts.

We hold our Lake County Genealogical Society meetings in the basement of the Morley Library (184 Phelps St., Painesville) from 10:00 a.m. to noon on the last Thursday of the month. We do not meet in August and December and may occasionally meet at another location. Please check our web site at for any changes in meeting date/time/location or call Dave at 440-209-1639 or Cynthia at 440-951-0914 for more information.

On November 29, Carla Cegielski will talk about “Bullet Journaling for Genealogy.” Learn about how a bullet journal can help plan, guide, and organize your genealogical research. Capture your random thoughts and midnight revelations and turn them into actionable tasks.

Carla is a freelance family history researcher specializing in Ohio, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia research. She is a frequent speaker at genealogical societies, libraries, and conferences. She has a special interest in uncovering, introducing, and teaching about underutilized record collections of interest to genealogists.

On the Radio

Tune in to the Our Aging World radio program on Saturday November 24 on WINT Radio (FM 101.5; AM 1330) at 3:00pm EST. Joey Tomsick, director of the Lake County Council on Aging, hosts. LCGS board member Linda Poole will be talking about her genealogy adventures. She will also discuss LCGS meetings, our wonderful programming, and the genealogy resources at Morley library in Painesville.

If you happen to miss the broadcast, archived audio files can be downloaded at

LCGS Coming Events

Meeting and Presentation Schedule for the Remainder of 2018

  • August – No Meeting
  • September 27 – Sunny Morton presents “They Survived the Johnstown Flood – How to Reconstruct Your Ancestors Amazing Stories”
  • October 25 – “Using Autosomal DNA in Genealogy Research” will be presented by Julie Wilson
  • November 29 – our society’s own Carla Cegielski presents “Bullet Journaling for Genealogists”
  • December – No Meeting

CDRT Annual August Picnic

The Cleveland District Round Table picnic is Sunday 12 August, from noon to 3 PM. The picnic is a potluck so bring a dish to share. The afternoon is filled with activities to share and the opportunity to meet others who share you genealogical interests.
This year the picnic location has changed. It will be held at the Mayfield Community Room, 6621 Wilson Mills Road, Mayfield Village, Ohio, at the corner of SOM Center Road (SR 91.)
You can access the rest of CDRT’s posted activities on their new website,

LCGS Annual Picnic

Thursday, July 26

The annual LCGS picnic will be held this year at the Lake Erie Bluffs Pavilion located in Perry, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The picnic is open to all members, their families and guests. It’s potluck this year; bring your table setting and a dish to share. Beverages will be provided.

Photo taken by Joy McMullen

Deborah A. Abbot, PhD, will be the guest speaker. See following article about her presentation.
The pavilion is in a beautiful park setting on bluffs overlooking Lake Erie. Photographers might want to bring a camera. There are plenty of hiking trails to explore.


From the West: Take Route 2 East to its end where it becomes Route 20. Follow Route 20 to Lane Road in Perry Township. There is a traffic light at the intersection and a big Sheetz gas station on one corner. Turn left (north) onto Lane Road and follow it to its end. (Pass Niagara Rd. Do not turn there; it goes to another part of the park.) Turn right at the end of Lane Road and follow the road to the picnic pavilion.
From the East: Take Route 20 to Lane Road in Perry Township. There is a traffic light at the intersection and a big Sheetz gas station on one corner. Turn right (north) onto Lane Road and follow it to its end. (Pass Niagara Rd. Do not turn there; it goes to another part of the park.) Turn right at the end of Lane Road and follow the road to the picnic pavilion.

From the Voice of a Slave: Ohio and the Underground Railroad
LCGS Picnic Presentation, July 26, 2018

Come hear the amazing story of the Underground Railroad from the voice of a slave. Hear how the Underground Railroad with its vast secret network of paths, roads, swamps, and river crossings crisscrossed the state of Ohio. Learn how important Ohio and the surrounding areas was to a system which was neither a railroad nor underground. Hear how the efforts of committed men and women, both black and white, who risked their own lives to help slaves from the south escape north to freedom.

Few written records on the Underground Railroad exist, but hundreds of stories have survived. Hear these stories through an engaging slave reenactment which will keep you on the edge of your seats.1

Photo Courtesy of Dr. Abbott

Deborah A. Abbott, Ph.D. is a professional genealogist, specializing in African American research, manuscript collections and genealogy methodology. She is a Trustee on the Board of the Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS), a member of the Cuyahoga County Archives Advisory Commission in Cleveland, and a member of the Board of Directors for FGS. She is an associate with the Kentucky-Tennessee Associates based in Springfield, TN, past president of the African American Genealogical Society, Cleveland, Ohio and a retired professor of Counseling from Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. She holds both the BS and M.Ed. degrees from Tuskegee University in Alabama and the PhD degree from Kent State University in Ohio.

Dr. Abbott is an instructor at IGHR,2 SLIG3 and the African American Genealogy Colloquium at Alabama State University in Montgomery,AL. She presents lectures and workshops at a variety of national, state, and local genealogy conferences across the country, as well as colleges, businesses & libraries. She has had articles published in the Ohio Genealogy News and Family Tree Magazines. Dr. Abbott can also be seen teaching African American research entitled “Needles & Threads” on Ancestry Academy, an educational video course for

Dr. Abbott is a member of NGS, APG, GSG, as well as other state and local genealogical societies. She teaches monthly classes entitled “Using in Genealogy Research” at the Lakewood (Ohio) Public Library and coordinates/teaches the “Genealogy and Family History Clinic” for the Cleveland Public Library.
A Cleveland native, she is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Tuskegee University National Alumni Association, and Antioch Baptist Church.

LCGS is fortunate to have had her speak to our group several times. All presentations have been excellent. This program on the underground railroad promises to be the same.

1 Description of program provided by Dr. Abbott
2 Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research;
3 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy;

May Meeting Notice

Our May31st meeting will feature Jane Gramlich, Special Collections Librarian for the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Jane’s presentation will be on “Using the Akron Public Library”.