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Join us (Sa) Oct. 12, 2024

Whether you’re just beginning your Genealogy journey or are looking to dive deeper into your own history or the history of our region, our Genealogy and Local History Fair will be fun for the whole family. We’ll have children’s programs, local genealogy organizations and exhibits throughout Main Library, and special lectures.
(Sa) October 12, 2024 | 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Main Library – 325 Michigan Ave., Toledo, OH.

Local History and Genealogy Fair Exhibitor Hall

(Sa) October 12 | 9:30 a.m. — 4:45 p.m. | Main Library

Our Genealogy Fair will be fun for the whole family. We'll have children's programs, local genealogy organizations and exhibits, and special lectures by nationally-recognized genealogist Sunny Morton.

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Roger Bresnahan: A Baseball Life

(Sa) October 12 | 10 — 11 a.m. | Main Library

Mudhens historian John Husman will discuss his new biography Roger Bresnahan: A Baseball Life. Bresnahan is the only native Toledoan in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Born to be Filed

A Story of Civil Birth Registration in the United

(Sa) October 12 | 10 — 11 a.m. | Main Library

With Sunny J Morton we’ll look at the who, what and whys through the lenses of local newspapers and the larger social conversation with a focus on little-known adult delayed birth records.

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Toledo Papers

(Sa) October 12 | 11:15 a.m. — 12:15 p.m. | Main Library

Join historian Tedd Long and learn how he utilized various library resources to develop his new book, Toledo Papers, a compendium of letters and ephemera from Toledo's past-stretching back 200 years.

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Introduction to US Church Records

with Sunny J Morton

(Sa) October 12 | 11:15 a.m. — 12:15 p.m. | Main Library

U.S. church records of can reveal ancestors’ vital events, family relationships, and more. Learn what these records may look like, how to identify an ancestral church, locate records and access them.

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Local History & Genealogy Fair Lunch

(Sa) October 12 | 12:30 — 2:30 p.m. | Main Library

Lunches are available to order from Jimmy John's. There are a variety of options and they will be at the Local History and Genealogy Fair for you. https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/ev/reg/xhwf852

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They Came From Toledo: Shipwrecks of Lake Erie

(Sa) October 12 | 2:30 — 3:30 p.m. | Main Library

Join Director Emeritis of the National Museum of the Great Lakes, Chris Gillchrist, as he takes us on a journey of three Lake Erie shipwrecks with ties to Toledo.

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Comparing the US Newspaper Giants

with Sunny J Morton

(Sa) October 12 | 2:30 — 3:30 p.m. | Main Library

Over a billion digitized newspaper pages are now searchable at online historical newspaper archives. Learn the information you need to decide which are right for you.

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The Streets of Toledo

(Sa) October 12 | 3:45 — 4:45 p.m. | Main Library

Historian Larry Michaels shares a presentation on the history of various streets in the Toledo area, through pictures and much more.

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Help! There's No Class on Researching my Ancestral Homeland

with Sunny J Morton

(Sa) October 12 | 3:45 — 4:45 p.m. | Main Library

Learn about using the FamilySearch wiki; searching major genealogy websites by place of origin; an intro to DNA testing for finding overseas cousin matches; and more for building your family tree.

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