Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Genealogist is IN!

Every Tuesday afternoon, one of the Medina Library's staff genealogists assist members with their local history and genealogical research. The NEW hours starting this June are 1- 3 p.m. every Tuesday.

Lisa and I really enjoy helping library members with their questions. We get just as excited as the researchers when we discover new ancestors and often continue looking even after the member has left.

The questions we get from the public challenge us in ways our own research doesn't. For example, most of my family has lived in Ohio for the last 6 generations. So I know a lot about Ohio records and resources. So when someone asks for help with their Polish ancestors or their Michigan relatives, it makes us s-t-r-e-t-c-h as researchers. It makes us better researchers.

I have helped a member track down the descendants of man whose naturalization and marriage records she had inherited from a relative. The man was not her relative, but she desperately wanted to get the documents back into the hands of his people.

One of the most rewarding was when I was able to use a combination of death records and the process of elimination to find the maternal grandparents for an 80 year old woman. Her mother was orphaned as an infant and no one could tell her anything about them.

So come visit us some Tuesday afternoon and s-t-r-e-t-c-h along with us!

If you can't make it to the library on Tuesday afternoons, we also offer Genealogy One-on-One. Call the Medina Reference desk and set up an appointment to meet with us for an hour at a time that is convenient to you!

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