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Workshops and Webinars

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Local History Office and Ohio Local History Alliance Workshops

Ohio Local History Alliance Webinar Series

September 10, 1:30 pm. Building your Brand: Creating Your Story and Sharing Your History, presented by Molly Miller of Molly Miller Design. Ms. Miller has served as a designer/project manager on national and international cultural, retail, entertainment and mixed use projects. Her presentation will provide key information on what your brand communicates to your visitors and how you can use it to forge a critical connection to transfer visitors from your home page through your front door. You will learn how to utilize your website, create creative posts to social media, and how ideas can translate into an exciting overall visitor experience at your location.  View the recording of this webinar.  (Note: To view the recording, you must be registered for the webinar.)

September 30, 1:30 pm.  Choosing Design Software presented by Leann Rich, Manager of Education and External Relations at the Mahoning Valley Historical Society.  Most local history museums simply can't afford a full-time material designer.  So, the development of brochures, advertisements, exhibit labels, and marketing materials usually falls to a person who is already wearing many other hats.  This webinar will help you identify the capabilities of different software design programs and choose which one best fits your organization's needs.  View the recording of this webinar. (Note: To view the recording, you must be registered for the webinar.)

October 30, 1:30pm.  Document Design - What Works and What Doesn't, presented by Corey Cockerill, Associate Professor of Communication Arts at Wilmington College.  Creating effect promotional materials through best practices in: fonts, formats, features, and phrases.  In this webinar, participants will learn about document design - what works and what doesn't - and will explore graphic design features in a variety of popular desktop software programs and applications. Register online.  Registration closes October 28.

2014 History Fund Help Webinars

History Fund Help webinars will walk applicants through the application, offer tips to make the process go smoothly, and answer your questions.  You can view recordings of this year's webinars and learn more about the History Fund here.

The Ohio History Connection offers a variety of workshops of interest to the local history community. 

September 6: Genealogy Workshop, Ohio Resources on FamilySearch, 10am-Noon, Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus.  Learn how to find information about your ancestors who lived in Ohio, using the website FamilySearch.  Free with advance registration. 614.645.2275 or

September 11: Genealogy Webinar, Institutional Records: Ohio's State Hospitals and Developmental Centers, 7-9pm.  Learn how to find out  more about an ancestor who was admitted to an Ohio state hospital or developmental center.  We'll review the types of records available, especially those you can find at the Ohio History Center. $20. $15/Ohio History Connection member. Advance registration required. 614.297.2510 or workshops are offered in partnership by the Ohio History Connection, Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society, and Columbus Metropolitan Library. 

September 13: Genealogy Workshop, Beginning Genealogy, 9:30-11:30am, Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. Get instructions and handouts on creating a family tree, plus a tour of the Hayes Library, which has many genealogy resources for your use. Sponsored by RootsMagic Inc. $10, $5/student. Advance registration required. 800.998.7737 or

October 11: Genealogy Workshop, Free Internet Genealogy Websites, 9:30-11:30am, Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. Learn how to use free genealogy websites in your family-history research. Explore Hayes Presidential Center's Ohio Obituary Index, along with,,,,, and other popular sites. Sponsored by RootsMagic Inc. $10, $5/student. Advance registration required. 800.998.7737 or

October 18: Genealogy Workshop, Adoption Research for the Family Historian, 10:30am-12:30pm.  Learn about the history of adoption, the adoption process, access and restrictions regarding adoption records, adoption research strategies, and the use of DNA testing.  We'll highlight Ohio History Connection collections that include adoption information, with examples of original records available in our archives and library at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.  Learn what's in these records, where they're located, and how to access them. $20, $15/Ohio History Connection member. Advance registration required. 614.297.2510 or

November 6: Genealogy Webinar, Family History Sources at the Ohio History Center, 7-9pm. Get an in-depth look at family history resources in our archives and library. We'll discuss how to identify Ohio public records, historical manuscripts, audiovisual resources and newspapers that will be helpful in your research. $20, $15 Ohio History Connection member. Advance registration required. 614.297.2510 or

The Ohio History Connection’s Creative Learning Factory offers webinars on Ohio’s history.

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