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Event: Church and State: Genealogy Research in Religious and Government Records

Saturday April 1, 2017
9:30 AM until 4:00 PM


Church and State: Genealogy Research in Religious and Government Records, Featuring Sunny McClellan and Chris Staats

The Special Collections Division is pleased to present this program featuring northeast Ohio genealogists Sunny McClellan Morton and Chris Staats.

Sunny McClellan Morton teaches genealogy for local, state, national and international audiences. She is Contributing Editor and Genealogy Insider columnist for Family Tree Magazine, as well as Editor of Ohio Genealogy News. She has been an instructor for Family Tree University and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the International Society of Family History Writers & Editors.

Chris Staats regularly presents and writes on genealogical topics including methodology, resources, and technology. He has written articles for many publications including Family Tree Magazine and Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and Seminar Chairperson for the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Genealogical Committee.

Program Schedule:

9:30 – 9:45      Introductions

9:45 – 10:45    Why We Care Where Grandma Went to Church (Sunny McClellan Morton)
U.S. church records can reveal ancestors’ vital events, family relationships and prior/subsequent residences (including overseas birthplaces!). Learn what various types of church records look like, how to identify an ancestral church, locate extant records and access them.

10:45 – 11:15   Break

11:15 – 12:15   They Once Were Lost but Now Are Found: Using U.S. Church Records to Solve Genealogical Mysteries (Sunny McClellan Morton)
When are church records worth your while? When you’re trying to answer specific kinds of questions. Lively case studies show how church records from various time periods, denominations and ethnic groups were located and used to address different research questions.

12:15 – 1:30    Lunch on your own

1:30 – 2:30     Order in the Court! A Brief History of Ohio Courts and the Records They Created (Chris Staats)
Ohio’s court system has undergone numerous revisions since its Northwest Territory days. This lecture will describe the evolution of different courts, their jurisdiction, and their records.

2:30 – 3:00     Break

3:00 – 4:00     Buried Treasure: Finding Your Ancestors in Ohio’s Local Government Records Collection (Chris Staats)
Ohio’s Local Government Record Program has preserved a wealth of records that can’t be found elsewhere. This lecture will cover what they are and how to access them.

All presentations will take place in the Auditorium, High Street Level, Main Library. The program is free and open to the public, and parking is free in the High-Market Parking Deck. 

To register, please call or email the Special Collections Division.


Location: Main Library-Auditorium
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