Discover how the weather (of all things) affected your ancestors and family history during a special online program from us at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

Professional genealogist Ari Wilkins will explain how weather events caused death, disease, migration, property loss and other cataclysms that affected your family’s story. Wilkins’ talk is hosted by our Back to Your Roots Genealogy Group, which is open to anyone who’s interested in researching their family history.

This program is free to attend and will be hosted online via Zoom. Registration is required to get the Zoom link. RSVP on our website or by calling our Lake Branch at (440) 257-2512.

By the way, did you know that your library card gives you access to not one, not two, not three, but four different genealogy websites? For free.

They are:

  1. Ancestry — Search for your family’s history through censuses, cemeteries, city directories, military and immigration records, and more public records.
  2. Fold3 — Fold3 allows you to research your family’s military history going back to the Revolutionary War.
  3. HeritageQuest — Similar to our Ancestry database. Browse public records, including censuses that go back to the 18th Century, US Indian census rolls, mortality schedules and more.
  4. African-American Heritage — A genealogy database that specializes in African-American heritage, complete with state-by-state guides and a volunteer-staffed forum.

These databases search through millions of public records: census and immigration information, birth/marriage/death certificates, and more. Not only can you view these documents, but you can email them to yourself and your family members.