Fall preservation and history lectures kick off Sept. 24
Geneology, house rehabilitation and house research comprise the themes of this fall’s free historical lecture series. Sponsored by Heights Libraries, Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission and Cleveland Heights Historical Society, all lectures take place at Heights Libraries’ Lee Road Branch (2345 Lee Road).
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 6 p.m.: Cluster Genealogy with Deborah A. Abbott
Cluster Genealogy is a research technique used to learn more about an ancestor by examining records left by the ancestor’s “cluster.” Tracking ancestors as they move from place to place can be a daunting task, but using Cluster Genealogy can help locate an ancestor when your ancestors appear to be lost. An individual’s “cluster” consists of extended family, friends, neighbors and associates. Using this technique means an increased chance of solving problems and locating information about your ancestor in the records of others. Learn how Cluster Genealogy can help break genealogical brick walls when all else fails. Space is limited, and registration is required. To register, go to www.heightslibrary.org.
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m.: Planning Your Rehab Project - Cleveland Restoration Society
Are you planning a rehab project at your home? This program will teach you how to plan for the project, how to choose the right contractor for the job, and what to look for when reviewing bids. Presented by the Cleveland Restoration Society; no registration required.
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.: Cuyahoga County Archives talk with Judith G. Cetina
Judith Cetina, Cuyahoga County archivist, will identify the records in the holdings of the Cuyahoga County Archives that will assist in documenting the history of a home, or other significant structures, in the city of Cleveland Heights. In her talk, Cetina will discuss the nature and availability of auditor’s maps, treasurer’s tax duplicates, real estate appraisal cards, and deeds, and explain how these can be used in relationship with one another to create a chain of ownership and establish a date of building construction. For those who also have an interest in genealogy, her presentation will illustrate how the history of a home is integral to understanding the story of one’s family. No registration required.
Jessica Lee Robinson and Kara Hamley O'Donnell
Jessica Lee Robinson is the local history librarian at Heights Libraries. Kara Hamley O'Donnell is City Planner II at the Cleveland Heights Department of Planning & Development.