Meetings are held the second Monday of each month in the meeting room at the North Ridgeville Branch of the Lorain Public Library, 35700 Bainbridge Road, North Ridgeville, Ohio 44039, 440-327-8326. Social Time: 6:30 pm; the general meeting and program begins at 7:00 pm. Exceptions such as field trips, picnics and other activities will be announced in advance here and in the Lorain County Researcher. Check back to this link often so that you can plan your calendar for attendance at our meetings!

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along with a few facts about the picture. Norm will display your picture along with your facts, and will then analyze the photo for hidden details that you may not have noticed, clues that can give you valuable insight into your ancestors. You do not have to submit a photo to participate in the meeting.





January 11 - "The Coded Census" presented by Thomas MacEntee

Thomas will discuss the history of Census Codes, what categories they covered, where to find the census coded tools online for each census from 1910 to 1950, what instructions the enumerator was given, and how these codes can help in genealogy research.


February 8 – Using Excel for Your Genealogy – presented by John Kolb. Learn how Excel can be a valuable tool to use for genealogical purposes.


March 8 – Irish Genealogy – presented by Michael Brophy -


The lecture will start with the central event in the history of Irish genealogy, the destruction of the Public records Office in Dublin on June 30, 1922. As a result unique challenges and realistic expectations for Irish ancestral research will be discussed. Vital rec-ords, immigration documentation, and unique resources will be presented. Examples are used to emphasize key principals and record holdings such as the lineage of notable Irish American Grace Kelly. The overall goal of the lecture is to give attendees a practical guide to finding the origins of their Irish ancestors in a broad overview lecture.