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Finding Your Family History in Northeast Ohio




For anyone interested in finding their family roots in Northeast Ohio, this book combines practical how-to (and where-to) instructions with inspirational family history success stories.

Genealogy—family history research—is a fast-growing hobby. But it can be difficult to start. Official records are scattered in so many places, and each archive seems to have its own way of doing things. Where to begin?

Vicki Blum Vigil, author of Cleveland Cemeteries and an experienced researcher, knows her way around the most useful facilities (archives, libraries, churches, cemeteries, courts, and more) in this region. Her new book helps newcomers to genealogy (or to Northeast Ohio) figure out which places to look in and how best to use them.

She also shares some personal success stories of fellow Clevelanders who have discovered really interesting things about their ancestors—they make for great how-to examples and fun reading, too!


“Anyone who has ever been inspired to chart a family history knows that it can be a daunting task even to get started. Vigil offers a wealth of information about local resources, including public libraries, historical societies, court records and even cemeteries and funeral homes.” - The Plain Dealer

“Unlike some genealogy books on the market, Vigil's book is user-friendly for beginners and experts alike. Personal success stories of fellow Clevelanders are included, making for an interesteing read.” - Cleveland/Akron Family

“Complete with examples of successful searches, this book explains where to go to find information about Ohio families and what to do when you get there, down to the color of the binders used at the Cuyahoga County Archives. . . 'Thorough' is the first word that comes to mind, but the writing is easy to follow, too . . . for amateur geneologists, aspiring historians or anyone needing advice on how to discover their roots.” - The Gateway News

“If you catch the bug, you will soon be making treks to libraries, poring over old maps, city directories and census records and writing down names and dates. You will be on your way to piecing together the puzzle of your ancestry chart.” - West Side Leader

“Vigil helps streamline the process [of family history research] and helps you avoid the pitfalls . . . This book helps narrow the field to information that is helpful and practical for anyone with roots in Northeast Ohio.” -

“The author of Cleveland Cemeteries is back with a practical how-to for newcomers to the field of geneological research. Genealogy can be a richly rewarding hobby, but many who decide to embark on a quest for their family history don't know how or where to start. Not only does Vigil instruct, she also inspires readers with success stories of area residents who discovered more in their family's past than they could have dreamed.” - Northern Ohio Live

About Vicki Blum Vigil

Vicki Blum Vigil is a historical researcher with an interest in genealogy who enjoys discovering how the past affects the present. Through her books, seminars, and tours, she also enjoys showing others how to make discoveries of their own. A retired home and school counselor for the Euclid City Schools, she lives in Highland Heights, Ohio. She is also the author of Cleveland Cemeteries.



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