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June 27, 2024

Join us on June 27, 2024 to hear Bernard N. Meisner, Ph.D., CCM present “Pushes, Pulls, and Records: The Waves of German Immigrants to the United States.”

Pushes, Pulls, and Records; The Waves of German Immigrants to the United States: German immigration to the United States can be grouped into four waves, based on time period. The waves can be differentiated by the pushes and pulls that drove the immigrations, and the types of records produced during each wave. Learn the factors that may have drawn your German speaking ancestors to the United States, and the most likely records where they can be found.

Bernard N. Meisner is a genealogist and lecturer based in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. He began researching his family almost 30 years ago and enjoys sharing lessons learned from that experience, including his mistakes. He has the strong right wrist typical of long-time genealogists; the result of endless hours cranking microfilm readers in the years prior to the Internet! Although he knew only one grandparent (his maternal grandfather) he has successfully identified all of his great-great grandparents and several triple- and quadruple-great grandparents. He is past president and social media chair of the Mid-Cities Genealogical Society and is a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Texas State Genealogical Society.

Bernard earned a B.S. in physics/German from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in meteorology from the University of Hawaii. He has attended the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh each of the last three years, completing courses in Irish and German research.

May 30, 2024

Join us on Thursday, May 30, 2024 as Steve Szabados helps us find our roots in naturalization records.

Steve Szabados grew up in Central Illinois and is a retired project manager living in the Chicago Suburbs. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

Steve Szabados is a genealogy lecturer and author. He has been researching his ancestors since 2000 and has traced ancestors back to the 1600s in New England, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and the 1730s in Poland, Germany, Bohemia, Hungary, Slovakia, and Slovenia. He has given numerous presentations to genealogical groups and libraries in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. He has also published aver fifteen genealogy books. His mission is to share his passion for Family History with as many people as he can. He is a former board member of the Polish Genealogical Society of America, and he is a genealogy volunteer at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. Steve also is the genealogy columnist for the Polish American Journal.

April 25, 2024

Join us on April 25, 2024 via Zoom to hear Shelly Bishop present “Avoiding an Ancestor Identity Crisis”.  I’m sure we have all been in this situation as we research our ancestors, so we can surely use Shelly’s insight and help.

Shelley Bishop is a genealogical researcher, writer, and speaker with a passion for finding ancestors and interpreting the records that reveal their stories. Her business, Buckeye Family Trees, specializes in researching Ohio ancestors using a wide array of online resources as well as in-person work at the Ohio History Connection Archives, other repositories, and local courthouses. A graduate of the ProGen Study Program, she continually hones her skills at genealogical institutes and conferences. Shelley is President of the Great Lakes Chapter APG.

Explore the Genealogy Room at Morley Library – 10 a.m. to noon.

Spend a morning with your genealogy sleeves rolled-up and explore the resources in the genealogy room at Morley Library, Painesville to find answers to your genealogy questions.  Have a question or topic in mind as a starting point such as researching Civil War records.  Bring your notepad or laptop, camera or cell phone.  While I anticipate concentrating on the book sources in the room, if you think you might need to go on-line with one of the library computers, bring along your genealogy site passwords just in case.

Contact Mary Huey if you have any questions —

March 28, 2024

Please join us on March 28, 2024 via Zoom to learn more about deeds from Bill Eddleman.  His presentation is titles “This Indenture Made This — Finding Ancestors in Deeds.”

Bill is the Coordinator at the  Cape Girardeau Research Center

An eighth-generation Missourian, Bill Eddleman was a professor of biology at Southeast Missouri State University for 22 years and also served as provost before his retirement in 2016. Long interested in local and regional history, he was the president of the Cape County Genealogical Society for 14 years and edited the society’s quarterly publication for 20 years. He started at the State Historical Society of Missouri  in July 2017.

February 29, 2024


Join us at 10:00 viz Zoom to hear Dr. Abbott present “A Gift of Life: Who’s Writing Your Story?”  Only you can tell the real stories of love, loss, forgiveness and change. Don’t leave the task of finding the answers of your life’s history to someone else – take the time to write your life story.

Deborah A. Abbott, PhD, is a professional genealogist specializing in genealogical methodology, manuscript collections, and African American family research. She is a member of the Cuyahoga County (OH) Archives Commission, the Lakeview Cemetery Community Outreach Committee (Cleveland, OH), 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 MEd degrees from Tuskegee University and the PhD degree from Kent State University.

Dr. Abbott is coordinator of both the African American Track at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) in Athens, Georgia, and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). She teaches at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and the Texas Institute of Genealogical Research (TIGR). Dr. Abbott has articles published in the Ohio Genealogy News and FamilyTree magazines. She can be found teaching African American genealogy in a segment entitled “Needles & Threads” on Ancestry Academy, an educational video course for She also teaches monthly classes entitled “Using in Genealogy Research” at the Lakewood (Ohio) Public Library and coordinates the “Genealogy and Family History Clinic” for the Cleveland Public Library.

November 30, 2023

Please join us on November 30, 2023 to hear Jane Neff Rollins give guidance on “Sensitive Subjects in Genealogy: How Much to Reveal; How Much to Conceal.”

A genealogically sensitive subject is anything about an individual or family that might have been kept secret, or if mentioned, hushed up. How do you walk the fine line between accuracy and sensitivity when writing or talking about sensitive subjects like divorce, out-of-wedlock births, spousal abuse, or suicide? Learn how documents may reveal unexpected secrets to you and questions to ask yourself when deciding whether to reveal or maintain the secret. Ms. Rollins will discuss how she has handled each with examples from her own family research.  David Laskin, best-selling author of the book, The Family, called this presentation “spellbinding,” in this article in The Forward:

Jane Neff Rollins is a professional genealogist at Sherlock Combs Genealogy,® who works primarily with clients whose roots were in the former Russian Empire. Jane has lectured at conferences sponsored by the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, National Genealogical Society, and Federation of Genealogical Societies, among others. Her genealogical writing has appeared in Avotaynu, FGS Forum, NGS Magazine, Pennsylvania Legacies, and Crossroads.

October 26, 2023

Please join us on October 26, 2023 to hear Linda Alford Worsham help us Learn how to use cluster genealogy in searching for maiden names.

Linda says “I have been doing research on my family for 50 years now and it is an engrossing hobby. My talk on Cluster Genealogy is one of my favorites first taught to me by my mentor and hero Emily Anne Croom. Her teachings and research methods have been utilized by many through her books such as Unpuzzling Your Past. It is my delight to share with others this revealing and rewarding method of researching.”

September 28, 2023


Please join us on September 28, 2023 to hear John M. Barr help us to a better understanding of Lineage Societies. With hundreds of existing Lineage Societies and more on the horizon, how do we choose the one best suited for our genealogy needs. What are the major differences between all of these? How do we ensure our application will be accepted? What records are acceptable and how do I cite and number those source documents? These questions and more will be answered in this one hour presentation.

John Barr has over 25 years of experience in 18th and 19th century research with an emphasize on Land, and Probate records. His area of research concentrates on the Midwest States of Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Minnesota however he does have experience in numerous other states as his research has often led to the far reaches of the United States. He is an active member of The Association of Professional Genealogist and has served as President of the Indiana Chapter of the APG. John is the owner of Old Northwest Genealogy and the author of Zane’ Trace A New Road in a New Country.


June 29, 2023

Please join us on June 29, 2023 at 10:00 to hear Sandra J. Crowley present “Using Timelines to Express Holes in Your Tree.”

Sandra Crowley is a genealogist and lecturer based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area who specializes in using technology for all aspects of family history. As a speaker at RootsTech, her presentation was selected to be streamed live via the Internet. She is President of the Dallas Genealogical Society, former Vice President of Membership of the Texas State Genealogical Society, Past President of the Mid-Cities Genealogical Society in Euless, Texas; and a member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, and several state societies. She is on the Webinar Committee for the North Carolina Genealogical Society, as video editor, and on the Technology Committee for FGS. She is Publicity Chair for the FGS 2014 conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Sandra has a B.B.A. degree in management with more than 25 years experience working with technology companies, including as a consultant for Hewlett-Packard. Sandra has taught PowerPoint, Online Genealogy and Family Tree Maker at Tarrant County Community College combining her 20 years of family research with knowledge of technology. She was named Volunteer of the Year by the Dallas Genealogical Society in 2011.