While most family trees focus on particular families, the Oberlin Heritage Center has a database that is more like a genealogical forest. Former OHC Business Manager and board member Pat Holsworth spent years gradually adding local census listings, tax listings, city directory entries, and other records to build an Oberlin genealogy database containing over 57,000 individuals! This database was recently transferred to Family Tree Maker software and a copy has been shared with the Oberlin Public Library for access. If you have ancestors who lived in Oberlin or are researching Oberlin history, this file might help you! The Family Tree Maker program lives on the computer in the Ohio Room / genealogy room of the Oberlin Public Library while the master copy is maintained at the Oberlin Heritage Center.
Come to a free training workshop (30 minutes + question time) to learn the basics of using this program for research. The same workshop will be offered twice so everyone has a chance to attend.
If you are in a group that would like to get its own mini training, contact Liz Schultz to arrange a visit ([email protected]). This sharing was made possible in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of Lorain County, a gift from OHC member Anne Martin in honor of Tom Martin, former OHC intern Rebecca Posner, and decades of painstaking work by genealogist-extraordinaire Pat Holsworth.