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Main Library presents “Discovering Your English and Irish Ancestors” day-long workshop

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Internationally known genealogist Paul Milner will present “Discovering Your English and Irish Ancestors” on Saturday, October 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Akron-Summit County Public Library Main Library Auditorium, 60 S. High Street.

The program, co-sponsored by the Library and the Summit County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, will focus on British Isles research.

Paul Milner, a native of Northern England, is a professional genealogist and internationally known lecturer with 30 years’ experience, specializing in British Isles Research.

Paul was raised on the West coast of Northern England. A mining engineer with a degree from the Camborne School of Mines in Cornwall, England, he came to the U.S. in 1975 to get his graduate degree at the University of Wisconsin. He has been in the U.S. ever since, and in 2008 he became a dual citizen of both countries. In the intervening years, Paul received two graduate degrees and traveled widely throughout the world.

Paul has been designing genealogy workshops, writing books, and lecturing for over 35 years. He holds an advanced degree in Theology and is particularly knowledgeable about the church and its role in record keeping. As a genealogist he speaks on a variety of topics relating to research in the British Isles, migration to North America and research methodology.

He is currently the book editor for the Federation of Genealogical Societies FORUM, and the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois newsletter. Paul is a past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois. For more information, visit

The program schedule:

9:30 – 9:45 Introductions

9:45 – 10:45 English Parish Registers: How to Access, Use and Interpret

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:00 Buried Treasures: What’s in the English Parish Chest

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch on your own

1:00 – 2:00 Are you Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles Research

2:00 – 2:15 Break

2:15 – 3:15 Irish Emigrants to North America: Before, During and After the Famine

3:15 – 3:30 Break

3:30 – 4:30 Finding Your Ancestors in Ireland

The program is free and open to the public, and free parking is available in the High-Market Parking Deck. To sign-up, contact the Special Collections Division at 330-643-9030 or For more information, see

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