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Descendants of an early Ohio family had no idea of their origins. Following an associated family brought success, even after wading into foreign- language documents. This presentation shows what to do when traditional records fail to reveal an ancestor’s place of origin and how to use cluster research to break through the brick wall. Discussion will include how to determine the place of origin using records found in the United States and what to do when no records exist on your direct line.

Presenter: Dana Palmer, CG, CGL has been a genealogy instructor at Sinclair Community College since 2010. She has spoken at national, state, and local genealogy events and conferences including RootsTech, NGS, FGS, and frequently at OGS. She specializes in lineage society applications, publishing family books, Midwestern research specifically Ohio, but she also has experience in Germany, Denmark, and the U.K. She also reviews military repatriation cases and is part of the Mayflower Silver books team. She has received numerous awards for her books and volunteer efforts. She belongs to several lineage societies including ISDUP, USDAR, USD 1812, and Colonial Dames. She loves problem solving and tracking down those elusive ancestors.

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