Main Branch, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 3rd Floor Genealogy & Local History
11 AM "Reconstruct Your Ancestors’ Neighborhood: 5 Powerful Sources for Local History" by Sunny Morton
Many of our U.S. relatives lived in cities and towns. Their local records offer unique insight into the daily lives of their residents. See powerful and creative examples for using city directories, urban and suburban maps, local histories, newspapers, business records and images to reconstruct your ancestors’ stories.
12 - 2 PM Consultations with Experts
Lab: "Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, Findmypast.com and MyHeritage.com" with Sunny Morton
These “genealogy giants” all provide international audiences with tools and records for researching family trees online. But which should you use? Learn why you should be familiar with all four sites; subscription and free access options; and how they compare for historical record content, family trees and DNA tools. Get insider tips on each site’s best features—and cautions or challenges for working with each.
2 PM “They Survived the Johnstown Flood?!” How to Reconstruct Your Ancestors’ Amazing Stories" by Sunny Morton
A heroic rescue, a love story and a 30-foot wall of water. That’s just part of my ancestors’ experience in the Great Johnstown Flood of 1889. Come learn how to reconstruct fascinating experiences from your own family history by combining clues from your family’s knowledge, documents from genealogy websites, good historical research and Googling to fill in the gaps. All while learning the riveting story of one of the worst disasters in U.S. history.