Past Event Reviews


Year 2014

June 28, 2014 - AAGS gets refreshed on vital records
There’s a reason that birth, marriage and death records are called vital. They are important as evidence for people as they go about their everyday lives, and essential as evidence for genealogists who rely on them to help put ancestors in a certain time and place. On May 24, Deborah Abbott delivered Part I of "Beyond the Basics: Vital Records & Related Sources" at the AAGS meeting, followed up by Part II on June 28. The handout is available for AAGS members by logging onto the Members Page.

May 2014 - Shaker Library completes spring genealogy series
From March thru May, AAGS gladly helped new researchers navigate FamilySearch and Ancestry databases, make discoveries at the hands-on research clinic, and expand their knowledge of slavery research, completing the spring genealogy series sponsored by and held at the Shaker Hts. Library.

April 30-May 3, 2014 - OGS conference in Sandusky is a hit
Whether participating for the entire period, or for just one day of the event, AAGS attendees did a lot of learning and connecting with like-minded researchers. The successful event featured many well-known speakers and a multitude of appealing topics.

March 22, 2014 - Finding Criminal Ancestors is a Delight with Angela McGhee
Researcher Angela Cathey McGhee, member of AAGHS-Chicago and AAGS-Cleveland, had our full attention as she gave a presentation on locating criminal records that was full of fascinating facts and research tidbits. She managed to tie in draft cards, penitentiary records and convict stories, making the task of finding family felons much more attainable now that we know what to look for and where to look.

March 16, 2014 - AAGS Heritage Celebration
The theme of this year’s event was “Using the Census to Solve the Mystery.” Members and guests gathered to acknowledge and honor our past; activities included applying genealogist “detective skills” to identify well-known figures based on a variety of clues.

February 22, 2014 - AAGS Focuses on Pedigree Progress
Our February general meeting afforded members the opportunity to bring in their pedigree charts for individual discussion in order to develop “next stage” research plans. Group workshops helped gauge which pedigree areas needed to be addressed, along with suggestions on how to move forward.

February 15 & 22, 2014 - AAGS at East Cleveland Library during Black History Month
Through an invitation from Stephanie Gregory, Community Outreach Coordinator at the East Cleveland Public Library, AAGS set up displays and was available for genealogy questions from patrons during the library’s interesting and diverse Black History Month activities.

February 5 & 19, 2014 - AAGS-Shaker Library series held in February
On February 5, Deborah Abbott kicked off the genealogy series at the Shaker Heights Public Library main branch with “Introduction to Genealogy,” covering the most important steps to follow when beginning a family search and how to access available tools and resources both online and in the library. On February 19, Cathy Neal presented “Using the U.S. Census,” explaining what data is on the document, how to interpret, and how to access census records online. Photo of Cathy Neal and librarian Meghan Hays.

January 25, 2014 - AAGS goes back to the basics with “Organization”
At the first AAGS meeting of the year, Deborah Abbott and the Education Committee posed the question, “How well organized are you?” and proceeded to reemphasize the importance of staying organized. Among areas covered: what you need to become organized, creating a filing system, and computer software programs and apps. Sandra Milton also provided a review of research sources to take advantage of, with handouts related to free webinars, online meetings and courses, videos, and other formats for learning. The handout is available for AAGS members by logging onto the Members Page.

January 20, 2014 - AAGS lends support to WRHS on MLK Day
In honor of Martin Luther King Day, the Western Reserve Historical Society held a free-to-the-public event. Within the library, there was a good flow of visitors seeking help with genealogy and AAGS volunteers provided plenty of research support throughout the day. Some of the material that was available included King photographs, Call & Post Newspaper articles, historical books, and genealogical reference material. WRHS maintains an African American Archives - under “Research and Collections.”

Last updated: July 17, 2014