History and Genealogy at MCDL

Medina Library’s Family History and Learning Center keeps adding more events and learning opportunities for history and genealogy buffs.

A new 24 page Introduction to Family History booklet debuted this fall.  It took nine months for the Genealogy Team to fine tune this Guide for Beginners which includes step by step instructions, examples, tips and charts to keep you organized. The booklet is available online at mcdl.info/HistoryGuides and at any MCDL location.

Genealogist One-on-One

Medina – By appointment

Meet with a genealogy specialist. Appointments last about one hour and are ideal for tackling a specific research problem. Email me-team.genealogy@mcdl.info for a time. Zoom option available.

Considering DNA Testing for Genealogy?

Medina – Wed., Dec. 1, 6:30 pm

Thinking about giving or receiving a genealogy DNA test this holiday season? Compare different companies and options and share details to consider before you test. Zoom option available. Register at mcdl.info/History

Genealogy Discussion Group

Medina – Wed., Dec. 8, Jan. 12, Feb. 9 12:00 pm
Connect with fellow genealogists to discuss research, share hints, and ask questions.

History of Jazz in Cleveland

Zoom – Thurs., Jan. 13, 7:00 pm

Historian and music lover, Regennia N. Williams, PhD, presents contributions of Cleveland natives Evelyn Freeman Roberts and Albert Ayler, as well as musical artists Noble Sissle, A. Grace Lee Mims, and others, whose careers impacted Jazz in Cleveland. Register at mcdl.info/History 

MCDL Celebrates 40 years
Medina – Wed., Jan., 19, 6:30 pm
Though our county-wide system was established just 40 years ago, its roots are much older. Learn about the history of the library in our community. Zoom option available. Register at mcdl.info/Celebrate

MCDL Trivia
All Locations and online – Jan. 4 – 31

Play MCDL trivia and test your library history knowledge! mcdl.info/Celebrate

Medina County Local History Fair

Medina – Sat., Jan. 22, 12:00 – 4:00 pm

Medina County Historical and Genealogical societies showcase their collections and answer questions about the fascinating people, places, and events of Medina County. No registration required.

Freedom’s Friends: The Underground Railroad & Abolitionists in Oberlin

Buckeye – Tues., Feb. 1, 6:00 pm

Explore the decisions that shaped Oberlin’s growth as a station and highlight the individuals and events that made Oberlin one of the most active stations of the Underground Railroad.

Presented by Oberlin Heritage Center. Register at mcdl.info/History

Beginning Genealogy

Medina – Wed., Feb. 2, 6:30 pm

Learn to research your family tree in six easy steps. Zoom option available. Register at mcdl.info/History

Larry Doby & Cleveland Baseball

Medina – Thurs., Feb. 10, 6:30 pm

When Larry Doby signed with the Cleveland Indians in July 1947, he became the second African American player in Major League Baseball. Explore Doby’s life with the Western

Reserve Historical Society. Register at mcdl.info/History

Practical Dreamer: William Stinchcomb & the Creation of Cleveland Metroparks

Brunswick – Mon., Feb. 21, 6:00 pm

Learn about William Stinchcomb, who developed a young parks system into one of the nation’s best. Learn about this man to whom we owe our beloved “Emerald Necklace.” Register at mcdl.info/History

Beginning African American Genealogy

Zoom – Mon., Feb. 28, 6:00 pm

Learn the basics in starting African American research, genealogical resources, and strategies with nationally renowned genealogist, Ari Wilkins. Register at mcdl.info/History

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