Conducting Czech/Slovak genealogical research

Summer is coming to a close. The children are back at school and local organizations are in full-swing mode for reaching out to the public.

Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society resumed their monthly family history research help sessions on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Additional sessions will be offered on Oct. 2 and Nov. 6. Volunteers will be assisting from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in the computer room of Westlake Porter Public Library. If you are having trouble locating data about your ancestors, now is the time to seek their help. Bring your pedigree chart and/or family group sheets for the family you are researching. That will help the volunteers home in on your individual of interest. Or if you are just starting out, bring what information you now have and members will assist you with charting that information.

The fall line-up of evening meetings may be helpful to you, as well. The Wednesday, Sept. 18, speaker will be Dorothy Titera from the Westlake Family History Center. She will be offering tips on locating vital records of your Czech/Slovak family members. Her search methods may also be applicable for finding information on ancestors from other East European locales.

Oct. 16 will be a roundtable sharing and tribute to our ancestors who served in the military. The Nov. 20 speaker will be Chris Staats, presenting “Beyond the Docket Books: Digging for Gold in Probate Packets.”   

All three evening meetings will held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. Social time, with refreshments, is from 6:30-7:00 p.m. The public is invited and there is no charge to attend these meetings.

For additional information, email

Jayne Broestl

Publicity Chair for the Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society that meets at Westlake Porter Public Library.

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Volume 11, Issue 17, Posted 9:51 AM, 09.04.2019