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Ohio Libraries-Tips

Many of "younz" know that a few of my family members came into Ohio from at least 1820-1821 free from slavery, bless the Quakers. So, I've been blessed to discover so many new finds it would like a book just to describe them. Within this message, there's a plus, the librarians both in public and private libraries in Ohio, especially in small towns. Not only do they know their inventory, but are sincerely interested in helping you research your genealogy. Case in point, Cambridge, Ohio Finley Room, a wonderful woman named Terry Willis: terry.willis@verizon.net. During this month, a few of us from Northeast Ohio spent several hours there. Terry immediately inquired about the nature of our research, called a local person researching the same surnames (probably a relative) and got him to come to the library with his documentation, pointed out specific places where we were likely to find data, kept a register of our addresses, including E-mail, but has followed up with me at least on two occasions within the month with additional information. That's a big plus! Just letting you know, don't forget the small-town librarian. Another source in Cambridge (Guerney County, Ohio) is the local chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, E-mail: gccogs@earthlink.net. Telephone # (740-432-9249. This is a private library with wonderful suprises and a librarian named Debbie Blackstone, who, by appontment opened their records for a 3-hour period just for us. She confessed we were the first African Americans to visit this library and wanted to know how to let others know it was there for their use. Now, I'm using this vehicle to do so. There are many courthouse records available at this library and local booklets you couldn't find elsewhere.
Folks, small-town librarians can provide more help to you (understandbly)than those in many large cities. Leave your E-mail address or other source of location, even when not asked when visiting a small-town library. By-the-way, that potential relative in Cambridge, led us to a major source in the next town of Barnesville where the group spent the next 2 days successfully researching. Just a tip from one who is benefitting from librarian assistance.

Jane Arrington

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