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Wednesday, July 14
Was My Great-Great-Grandfather a Fenian?
7:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom
Title: “Was My Great-Great-Grandfather a Fenian?”
I have been investigating my great-great-grandfather for over forty years. There are mysterious gaps in his historical record that suggest something unusual in his background. In this presentation, we will learn a brief history of the Irish people, who the Fenians were, and what information I’ve found (and haven’t found) about my great-great-grandfather that suggest he may have been a Fenian.
Tom Flynn began searching his family history after the airing of the TV miniseries “Roots” in 1977. He worked on his genealogy on and off over the years until he retired from his job as a research chemist. Tom joined the Howard County Genealogical Society in 2018. He was elected as a Member-At-Large of the Society in 2019, and as Vice President in 2021.

Wednesday, August 11
Locating Your Distant Cousins in the Old Country
7:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom
Locating Your Distant Cousins in the Old Country 
Have you thought about how wonderful it would be to be able to meet or correspond with your distant cousins in the place where your ancestors were born? They may have family treasures, know family stories or even live in the same town, where your immigrant ancestors were born and lived. This presentation shares numerous methods that can be used for successfully locating ones cousins. The focus will be on German resources, but similar resources are available for almost any country. It was selected as many people in the U. S. have German ancestors. 
Tom O’Brien of the state of Oregon has been researching his family since 1983 and enjoys sharing what he has learned. Tom was a research consultant at the Family History Center in Milwaukie, Oregon and the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, the largest genealogical library in the Pacific NW. Assisting others provided the opportunity to learn of resources available and how to research in geographic areas where he has no personal family research. Tom's personal genealogical pursuits have inspired him to visit France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Ireland. He has been fortunate to walk in the villages of his ancestors and meet distant cousins in these foreign lands. He has been speaking on genealogy subjects for the past 15 years.

Wednesday, September 8

Wednesday, October 13
Participate in the Global Family Tree - Family Search and Wikitree
7:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom
Title:  “Participate in the Global Family Tree - Family Search and Wikitree
Description:  What a global tree is and comparing the pros and cons of the two major ones, FamilySearch and Wikitree
Presenter:   Deborah A. Carder Mayes is a professional genealogist, speaker, writer, and researcher. She has been doing genealogical research and been actively involved in the genealogical community for over 23 years. She frequently speaks on a variety of genealogical and historical topics and presents various workshops and seminars throughout the year in person and virtually. She primarily researches in West Central Ohio and the Miami Valley. She wrote a monthly column, Beyond the Obituaries, for former The In-Depth Genealogist online magazine ( She was the editor of Allen County Ancestry, the newsletter of the Allen County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society and currently writes a blog, Rambling Along the Ancestral Trail, (
She was a lesson grader for the National Genealogical Society course, American Genealogy: A Home Study Course from 2009 through 2014 when it was replaced with the American Genealogical Studies course that uses a digital Learning Management System instead of graders. Currently, she is the library committee chairperson for the Lima, Ohio chapter, DAR, the Patriotic Instructor for the Lizabeth A. Turner Tent of the Daughters of Union Civil War Veterans, Lima, Ohio, and was the Central Region Director of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors from 2018 until it dissolved in May 2020.