These programs are free and open to the public. To register for either or both sessions, contact the Special Collections Division at 330-643-9030 or speccollections@akronlibrary. org. Visit us on the web at www.akronlibrary.org under the “Research” tab.
Adoptee Access to Records – Ohio’s New Law Betsie Norris 1-2:45 pm
In March of 2015, Ohio became the 12th state to open previously closed birth records to adult adoptees, allowing 400,000 people adopted in Ohio’s formerly “closed” period of 1964-1996 to have access to their original birth certificates. A short film, An Adoptee ROARed in Ohio: The Betsie Norris Story by documentary filmmaker Jean Strauss, will be shown and discussed along with the social and historical context of the old and new laws on this topic.
Solving for Unknown Parentage - DNA Basics Amanda Reno 3-4:45 pm
This session will focus on delivering the basic core knowledge required to identify an unknown parent(s) using genealogical DNA testing and traditional research techniques.