The Delaware County Genealogical Society’s July 5 program will feature Jennifer Alford who will give her “Here We Are In America — Now What?” presentation.

She will speak on what life was like for people newly arrived in the United States. Alford will help program attendees understand what it would be like to leave home and family, and travel thousands of miles across the ocean to unfamiliar place with an unfamiliar language and no guarantee of a home or job, organizers say.

Alford is an Ohio State University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Though she is a licensed professional engineer and professional traffic operations engineer, working as a traffic engineer for a private consulting firm, in her free time she indulges in her passion for genealogy and running her own research, coaching, speaking and writing business.

She has her own website — — and writes her own blog and newsletter. She specializes in Jewish genealogy.

The genealogical society also has the following lectures coming up:

• Tuesday, Aug. 2 — “A General Talk About Ohio Genealogical Society” by Russ Pollitt. Discover the online and in-library resources of the Ohio Genealogical Society.

• Tuesday, Sept. 6 — “Understanding Your DNA Results” by Amy Nowell. If you have done your DNA or plan to in the future, Nowell’s information will help you decide about the proper test and how to interpret results.

• Tuesday, Oct. 4 — “Ohio Quilts” by Rebecca Odom. Odom is quilt curator for the Ohio History Connection (formerly Ohio Historical Society). The “Radnor Quilt” from the Delaware County Genealogical Society’s collection will also be on display.

• Tuesday, Nov. 1 — “The Stratford Ecological Society and the Lost Cemetery” by John Tetz. He will talk about the ecological society and the preservation of the Stratford Cemetery. Annual business meeting will be held also.

All meetings will begin at 7:30 p.m. and be in the Community Room of the Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St.

Call 740-369-4375 for more information. The meetings are free to the public.

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Information for this story was provided by the Delaware County Genealogical Society.