Hamilton County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 15865
Cincinnati, Ohio 45215-0865
Telephone:  (513) 956-7078

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A chapter of the
Ohio Genealogical Society
What's new
  • Notice of Library Closure - Beginning February 1, 2016, the Cincinnati History Library & Archives (CHLA) will close to the public to facilitate the renovation of historic Union Terminal.  For more information...
  • The Tracer — Read the newly published December 2015 issue of our award-winning journal (for members only).  The contents of this issue:
    • Locating and Requesting Catholic Records in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati
    • Calendar of Genealogy Events
    • Chapter News
    • Genealogy News: OGS Conference, Free Ohio Vital Records
    • Using the New Digital Library
    • Divorce Records of the Insolvency Court: Update
    • 2015 Lineage Society Members and Pioneer Ancestors
    • Jewish Interest Group: So What’s in a Name?
    • St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church
    • Catholic Cemetery Records
    • Tracing Your Cincinnati Catholic Ancestors
    • Hamilton County Marriage Banns, 1883-1949
    • Indexed Hamilton County Catholic Church Records
    • “Doubtful” Women in the Nineteenth Century: Prostitutes and Punishment in Cincinnati
    • Book Review: Joseph A. Hemann (1816-1897) German-American Educator, Publisher, Banker
    • Public Library Acquisitions
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Preserve the Pensions
Multiply your donation to digitize the pensions and papers from the War of 1812. These historical documents contain critical clues and information for early ancestors. Many of these papers are now close to 200 years old and are deteriorating due to handling and age. As these documents are digitized, they will be made available to researchers at no cost on Fold3.
If you donate through HCGS, we will match dollar for dollar up to a limit of $1812. We will then forward the matched donations to Ancestry.com which has also agreed to match dollar for dollar all contributions to this project. This means that your contribution will have four times the impact! Donate todayFor more information on this initiative or to check the latest status of this project, visit the Preserve the Pensions website.
page modified: 01/17/2015

Latest News
Feb. 20: Using Newspapers to Enhance African-American Genealogy
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Feb. 26: Special Brown-Bag Lunch Event at Behringer-Crawford Museum in Devou Park
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Sunday, March 6th: Irish Interest Group Planning Meeting
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March 12: Living With Your Irish Ancestors
Saturday, March 12 Living With Your Irish Ancestors: Milestones of Proud Generations, Past and Present! (Programs) 10:00 am PLCH - Main Library, Genealogy and Local History Program Space, 3rd Floor Pat Mallory of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernanians will present a program on "Living with Your Irish Ancestors." The program will focus on the impact of the Irish in Cincinnati. The program will finish in time for participants to attend the 2016 St Patrick's Day Parade. This program is co-sponsored by PLCH and HCGS. Photo Credit: Cincinnati Chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

New Book for Sale
Hamilton County, Ohio, Church Burial Records, 1890–1899 is now available. Click the image above for further details in the HCGS Shop.