Cynthia Turk, CG®

ProGen Member Overview

A 1992 challenge from her uncle regarding a great great aunt's correct name began the hobby of genealogy for Cynthia. It quickly led to an occasional record retrieval for pay in 1995 at the request of the local library. That quickly expanded to a variety of research projects for people in many states and several countries. She lectures locally on a variety of topics. Cynthia has served multiple presidential terms for Lake County Genealogical Society and North-East Ohio Computer-Aided Genealogical Society. Cynthia attained her certification through the Board For Certification of Genealogists in 2014 and has earned a 5-year renewal.


Cynthia has a Bachelor of Nursing from Ohio University. She participated in the first Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy institute in 2012. She has attended week-long training in genetic genealogy and genealogy and the law at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. She is a frequent attender of the Ohio Genealogical Society Conference. She has been to the Salt Lake Christmas Tour 16 times. She has seen a huge number of presentations and webinars on a wide variety of topics. Seventeen months in the ProGen 20 Study Group honed many skills and business practices of the professional genealogist. She is mentoring ProGen 49.


Cynthia has testified to her heir search in court. Between clients, she volunteers for FamilySearch Indexing where she learned to read old English, which is valuable for transcriptions. She volunteers to help coroners find next of kin with Unclaimed Persons.

Publications & BLOGs

• Author of Scranton Road Cemetery: Introduction, Inscriptions and Interments.
• Frequent contributor to Lake County (Ohio) Genealogical Society newsletter, LAKElines.
• Published in the Ohio Genealogy News.
• The GenWeb site for Lake County Ohio.
• Shared host of Cuyahoga County, where she aims to be one-stop genealogy information for each county.
• Read or proofread all the gravestones in the county by 2003.
• Co- published a map guide for the 103 cemeteries as project chair of Lake County Genealogy Society and put them online with history and descriptions of each cemetery.