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Family History Day 2018

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

Family History Day 2018

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Family History Day   more info 139 Registrations Oct 6, 2018 Free  

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Family History Day with J. Mark Lowe

Join us Saturday, Oct. 6 for a full day of genealogy and history activities! Bring your questions and genealogy research to get help from Main Library’s Local History & Genealogy staff.

Professional genealogist J. Mark Lowe is a featured expert on the TLC series Who Do You Think You Are?. He will present four informative and interactive sessions:

  • Finding Your Landless Ancestors
  • Dower, Dowry, Detinue: Women and their men's property
  • Focusing on Pathways 'cross the Ohio River
  • Looking for Papa, Finding a People

Also, bring items from your own family history to be scanned and take a tour of the Local History & Genealogy space and Digital Lab at Main Library.

All activities and sessions are free and so is parking in Main Library’s attached garage.

Table seating is limited to 120 guests. Theater-style seats can accommodate another 300 guests. Seating is first come, first served.



9 a.m.         Main Library opens, seating begins

9:30 a.m.    Welcome

9:45-11 a.m. Session 1

  • Finding Your Landless Ancestors

Since land is the key in many ancestral discoveries, tracking those individuals who did not own land often becomes a daunting task. Learn to use Trust Deed Chattels and Tax Release Books to help locate individuals without deeds and estates.

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Session 2

  • Dower, Dowry and Detinue: Women and their men's property

Understanding how the legal system looked at our female ancestors is essential to following their records. Learn the terminology, record types and strategies for finding the answers.  


12:30-1:45 p.m.  Lunch break

Visit Carnegie's Cafe on the first floor, eat your packed lunch or venture off-site to one of the many restaurants near Main Library.

  • Group tours of the Local History & Genealogy space
  • Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society open house
  • Digital Lab scanning demonstrations


1:45-3 p.m.  Session 3

  • Focusing on Pathways 'cross the Ohio River

Learn about the historic trails that led early settlers to and from Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and the west. Get specific clues that might help you solve difficult research questions.


3:15-4:30 p.m. Session 4

  • Looking for Papa, Finding a People

Follow a research study that starts with a photograph and leads to the discovery of a people. Learn proper research techniques from this African-American case study to use on any research project.



Featured Presenter Bio

J. Mark Lowe is a professional certified genealogist, author and teacher who researches primarily in original records and manuscripts throughout America's southern states. He has published work in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly and many other regional society publications.

Lowe also serves as the Course Coordinator for "Research in the South" at the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), teaches for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and the Regional In-depth Genealogical Studies Alliance (RIGS).

He has worked on several television series including African American Lives, Who Do You Think You Are? and UnXplained Events.

Have questions about Family History Day 2018? Contact Columbus Metropolitan Library

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Columbus Metropolitan Library
Main Library
96 S. Grant Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215

Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

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