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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
Indexes Are The Key To Unlocking The Records
7:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom
Indexes make you searches so much easier, but what if you are lost on how to use the index? Indexing systems are so so complex that they require guides, keys, or tables to decipher. We will review and master these indexes: Burr Record, Campbell, Cott System, Liber Index, Page Margin Key Tables, Paul Company Key Table, Russell Key Index, Split Column Indexes, and Soundex and Vowel Index. They are often the essential indexes to locating ancestors in Probate or Land records online or at a courthouse.
Presented by Christine Cohen
Christine is a long time member of the Whittier Area Genealogical Society (WAGS) and has served in many capacities, including President. In addition to WAGS, she is also a member of the El Redondo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Society of Daughters of Holland Dames, and the Association of Professional Genealogists. She has given presentations throughout the United States both in-person and virtually to over 40 Genealogical Societies and Events.

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.