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

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FGS Conference 2016: TIME TRAVEL Centuries of Memories
Wednesday, August 31 through Saturday, September 3
FGS Conference 2016: TIME TRAVEL Centuries of Memories  (Conferences)
Federation of Genealogical Societies 2016 Conference
Springfield, Illinois
Celebrate our 40th Anniversary with us and local host Illinois State Genealogical Society as we return to the Land of Lincoln in 2016!
 



It's a Family Affair: Cincinnati's Early Streetcar Drivers, Conductors and Mechanics
Saturday, September 10
It's a Family Affair: Cincinnati's Early Streetcar Drivers, Conductors and Mechanics  (Other Events)
1:00 pm
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Library, Reading Garden Lounge
Celebrate the opening of Cincinnati's new streetcars at PLCH Main Reading Garden Lounge!  Learn about the lives of streetcar workers of old from Patricia Van Skaik, Genealogy and Local History Department Manager. Patricia will tell us about early drivers, conductors and mechanics--all of whom have descendants living in Cincinnati. After the lecture, explore Cincinnati Transportation: Past, Present and Future in the Main Library Atrium. Then, hop on one of the new streetcars at a stop steps from the Public Library.
 
This is a Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Event.


Moving Cincinnati: A History of Trolleys, Cable Cars, Inclines and Streetcars
Sunday, September 11
Moving Cincinnati: A History of Trolleys, Cable Cars, Inclines and Streetcars  (Other Events)
2:00 pm
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Library, Reading Garden Lounge
Celebrate the opening of Cincinnati's new streetcars at PLCH Main Reading Garden Lounge!  Our Cincinnati ancestors likely used public transportation to move around the city. Learn more about the ways they may have traveled from local historian and author, Robert J. Wimberg. After the lecture, explore Cincinnati Transportation: Past, Present and Future in the Main Library Atrium. Then, hop on one of the new streetcars at a stop steps from the Public Library.
 
This is a Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Event.


AGF: Kentucky Research Article
Saturday, September 17
AGF: Kentucky Research Article  (Education)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Library, Room 3A
The Advanced Genealogical Forum is a peer-led group. The Forum meets bi-monthly to discuss journal articles, advanced methodology and complex records.
 
Discussion Leader: Brian Russell
Bettie Cummings Cook, “Genealogical Research in Kentucky,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 97 (March 2009): 29-72.
 
The National Genealogical Society Quarterly is available at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Branch. Back issues are also available to NGS members on their website. If you have any questions, please email Liz Stratton, education@hcgsohio.org.
 
"ClkerFreeVectorImages," digital image 31507 licensed CC0 public domain (https://pixabay.com/en/ : downloaded 14 November 2015).



Saturday, October 1
"Ask the Experts Day" at the Main Library Featuring Amie Bowser Tennant  (Programs)
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
PLCH - Main Library
The Genealogical Society and Library team up for exciting activities during thisOctober’s Family History Month, kicking off with Experts’ Day on October 1. Take advantage of free one-on-one consultations provided by over 20 experts with specializations ranging from ethnic genealogy to court records (noon-2 p.m.) and join Amie Bowser Tennant, nationally acclaimed speaker and content creator for the podcast Genealogy Gems, as she presents Have You Seen Me? Missing Persons and Proof of Parentage at 11 a.m. and Using Social Media to Break through Brick Walls at 2:00 p.m.
 
 


Finding and Using Genealogy Resources
Thursday, October 6
Finding and Using Genealogy Resources  (Education)
6:00 pm
Mariemont Branch Library, 3810 Pocahontas Avenue, Cincinnati
This session reveals the many resources that are available to find out about your ancestors. Online and library sources will be covered and strategies for making the most of them to advance your research. This session is suitable for those just getting started and provide nuggets for those with more experience. This program is co-sponsored with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
 
The same program is being presented at the following branch libraries (see event listings for further details):
October 6, Mariemont
October 12, Westwood
October 24, Blue Ash


Finding and Using Genealogy Resources
Monday, October 10
Finding and Using Genealogy Resources  (Education)
6:00 pm
Westwood Branch Library, 3345 Epworth Avenue, Cincinnati
This session reveals the many resources that are available to find out about your ancestors. Online and library sources will be covered and strategies for making the most of them to advance your research. This session is suitable for those just getting started and provide nuggets for those with more experience. This program is co-sponsored with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
 
The same program is being presented at the following branch libraries (see event listings for further details):
October 6, Mariemont
October 12, Westwood
October 24, Blue Ash


Finding and Using Genealogy Resources
Monday, October 24
Finding and Using Genealogy Resources  (Education)
7:00 pm
Blue Ash Branch Library, 4911 Cooper Road, Cincinnati
This session reveals the many resources that are available to find out about your ancestors. Online and library sources will be covered and strategies for making the most of them to advance your research. This session is suitable for those just getting started and provide nuggets for those with more experience. This program is co-sponsored with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
 
The same program is being presented at the following branch libraries (see event listings for further details):
October 6, Mariemont
October 12, Westwood
October 24, Blue Ash



Where There is a Will, There’s a Way--Finding Wills and Estate Settlement Records (Estate Series)
Saturday, November 5
Where There is a Will, There’s a Way--Finding Wills and Estate Settlement Records (Estate Series)  (Education)
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Library, Third Floor, Computer Lab
Estate settlement records often identify married names of daughters, confirm parentage, establish migration patterns and more. Learn about the estate settlement process, key records and where to find them. In print, online and court house research will be covered with hands-on activities using your own ancestral lines.
 
Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Some prior genealogical research experience is recommended. Sessions are not specific to Hamilton County.There are two duplicate sets of courses to allow maximum possible participation—one section begins at 1 pm and one at 3 pm. All sessions are a mix of lecture and hands-on application. Please complete the form at http://goo.gl/LbN4tU to register. For best results, plan on attending all sessions.
 
November 5, Where There is a Will, There’s a Way--Finding Wills and Estate Settlement Records
November 19, Even if There is no Will, There’s a Way--Beyond Wills, Using Other Estate Settlement Records
December 3, Putting Estates in Historical Context--Women, Children and Inheritance


AGF: Ancestral Origins, Focus on Germany
Saturday, November 5
AGF: Ancestral Origins, Focus on Germany  (Education)
9:00 am to 10:45 am
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Library, Room 3B
The Advanced Genealogical Forum is a peer-led group. The Forum meets bi-monthly to discuss journal articles, advanced methodology and complex records. The forum is open to anyone willing to read the articles and contribute to the discussion.
 
Discussion Leader: Mary C. Boyd
 
Article: Henry Z. Jones, “Finding the Ancestral Home of a Palatine Forefather: The Case of Martin Zerbe," Pennsylvania Genealogy Magazine 29, no. 2 (1975): 129-32.
 
Please read one of the following:
 
The Pennsylvania Genealogy Magazine and The Source are available at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Branch.
 
Discussion questions will be added to this post about 1 month before the session.
 
If you have any questions or would like to be added to the email list for this group, please contact Liz Stratton, education@hcgsohio.org.
 
Photo: “Immigrants on the deck of S.S. ‘Amerika’,” (n.p.: H. C. White Company, 1907), LOT 11021 [item]; Stereograph Cards; Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington DC; digital image, “Prints & Photographs Online Catalog,” Library of Congress (http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2012646360/ : accessed 24 August 2016).


Finding Genealogical Gold in Land Records (Hands-on with Land)
Saturday, November 5
Finding Genealogical Gold in Land Records (Hands-on with Land)  (Education)
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Library, Third Floor, Computer Lab
You don't need to be a surveyor to glean genealogical gold from property records! Learn to identify which ancestors owned property and how to use their records to expand family lines. Identify migration patterns, names of wives, married names of daughters and more.
 
In the hands-on session, determine which ancestors owned land and where their land records are recorded. Search online resources to locate published indexes and abstracts.
 
Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Some prior genealogical research experience is recommended. These sessions are NOT specific to Hamilton County. Please complete the form at http://goo.gl/vY5eWN to register. For best results, plan on attending all sessions.
 
Hands-on with Land (HOWL) Series:
November 5, 11 am-1 pm, Finding Genealogical Gold in Land Records (Lecture); Identifying Land Owners and Locating Published Sources (hands-on)
November 19, 10 am-12 noon, Prospecting for Gold: Finding Original Land Records in Online, on Microfilm and in Person (hands-on)
December 3, 10 am-12 noon, The Extracting Gold: Reading and Interpreting Deeds (hands-on)


Even if There is no Will, There’s a Way--Beyond Wills, Using Other Estate Settlement Records
Saturday, November 19
Even if There is no Will, There’s a Way--Beyond Wills, Using Other Estate Settlement Records  (Education)
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Library, Third Floor, Computer Lab
Learn typical distribution succession rules for intestate (no will) estates and what they mean for your genealogy. Discover the records created during the estate settlement process, where to find them, and how they can advance your genealogy. Use probate records with other information to gain the most from your research.
 
Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Some prior genealogical research experience is recommended. Sessions are not specific to Hamilton County.There are two duplicate sets of courses to allow maximum possible participation—one section begins at 1 pm and one at 3 pm. All sessions are a mix of lecture and hands-on application. Please complete the form at http://goo.gl/LbN4tU to register. For best results, plan on attending all sessions.
 
November 5, Where There is a Will, There’s a Way--Finding Wills and Estate Settlement Records
November 19, Even if There is no Will, There’s a Way--Beyond Wills, Using Other Estate Settlement Records
December 3, Putting Estates in Historical Context--Women, Children and Inheritance


Prospecting for Gold: Finding Land Records Online, on Microfilm or in Person (Hands-on with Land)
Saturday, November 19
Prospecting for Gold: Finding Land Records Online, on Microfilm or in Person (Hands-on with Land)  (Education)
10:00 am to 11:55 am
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Library, Third Floor, Computer Lab
Online tools make it easier than ever to find property records. Learn strategies to locate land records whether they are online, on microfilm or only available in person. Many different indexing systems are used in property records. Learn tips to locate your ancestor's name in any index. Mine indexes to identify land records likely to answer specific genealogical questions. Strategies for overcoming index limitations will be explored.
 
Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Some prior genealogical research experience is recommended. These sessions are NOT specific to Hamilton County. Please complete the form at http://goo.gl/vY5eWN to register. For best results, plan on attending all sessions.
 
Hands-on with Land (HOWL) Series:
November 5, 11 am-1 pm, Finding Genealogical Gold in Land Records (Lecture); Identifying Land Owners and Locating Published Sources (hands-on)
November 19, 10 am-12 noon, Prospecting for Gold: Finding Land Records in Online, on Microfilm and in Person (hands-on)
December 3, 10 am-12 noon, The Extracting Gold: Reading and Interpreting Deeds (hands-on)



Putting Estates in Historical Context--Women, Children and Inheritance
Saturday, December 3
Putting Estates in Historical Context--Women, Children and Inheritance  (Education)
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Library, Third Floor, Computer Lab
Learn to read between the lines and infer names and dates by using all estate records and the law.  Estate settlement is largely governed by state laws. Learn how regional settlement patterns influenced inheritance laws. Understand the impact changing laws had on women’s and children's inheritance and the ancestral clues they provide.
 
Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Some prior genealogical research experience is recommended. Sessions are not specific to Hamilton County.There are two duplicate sets of courses to allow maximum possible participation—one section begins at 1 pm and one at 3 pm. All sessions are a mix of lecture and hands-on application. Please complete the form at http://goo.gl/LbN4tU to register. For best results, plan on attending all sessions.
 
November 5, Where There is a Will, There’s a Way--Finding Wills and Estate Settlement Records
November 19, Even if There is no Will, There’s a Way--Beyond Wills, Using Other Estate Settlement Records
December 3, Putting Estates in Historical Context--Women, Children and Inheritance


Extracting Gold: Reading and Interpreting Deeds (Hands-on with Land)
Saturday, December 3
Extracting Gold: Reading and Interpreting Deeds (Hands-on with Land)  (Education)
10:00 am to 11:55 am
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Library, Third Floor, Computer Lab
Several deeds will be reviewed to familiarize participants with deed terminology and structure. Learn how to eliminate ‘boilerplate,’ and extract family relationships from deeds even when they are not directly stated. Work with your own or provided deeds to draw conclusions and develop further research.
 
Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Some prior genealogical research experience is recommended. These sessions are NOT specific to Hamilton County. Please complete the form at http://goo.gl/vY5eWN to register. For best results, plan on attending all sessions.
 
Hands-on with Land (HOWL) Series:
November 5, 11 am-1 pm, Finding Genealogical Gold in Land Records (Lecture); Identifying Land Owners and Locating Published Sources (hands-on)
November 19, 10 am-12 noon, Prospecting for Gold: Finding Land Records in Online, on Microfilm and in Person (hands-on)
December 3, 10 am-12 noon, Extracting Gold: Reading and Interpreting Deeds (hands-on)



The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell
Saturday, April 8, 2017
The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell  (Seminar)
8:30 am
Mill Race Banquet Center, Winton Woods, Great Parks
The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree. She writes, teaches and lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. Her blog – chosen as one of the American Bar Association’s top 100 in 2013, 2014 and 2015 – appears at The Legal Genealogist website, http://www.legalgenealogist.com. We are pleased to welcome Judy G. Russell as the speaker at HCGS’s 2017 Annual Seminar on April 8. The seminar will be in the Mill Race Banquet Center in Winton Woods, Great Parks. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration will open on October 21, 2016.
 
When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicts in Genealogical Records
The Genealogical Proof Standard says to resolve conflicts in data... but like so many things that sound good, it’s easier said than done. What exactly are we supposed to do when we encounter conflicting evidence? What are the basic types of evidence conflicts and the methods – and tips and tricks – we can use to resolve them?
 
The Gentlemen Judges: Justices of the Peace
Landowners but legal laymen, America’s early justices of the peace served up ground-level justice and local governance, creating records unparalleled for genealogists.
 
Beyond X and Y: The Promise and Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA Testing
Autosomal DNA testing is the new kid on the block. Learn more about this exciting addition to the toolkit of 21st century genealogists. What's in it for you, and how can you make the most of this test?
 
NARA Mythbusters: Your Family IS in the Archives
“All the military records were burned in the fire.” “There isn't any birth, marriage or death information in federal records.” “There aren't any details about ordinary families at the National Archives.” These kinds of myth-statements stop genealogists from breaking down all kinds of brick walls using the wealth of information in NARA records. Join the mythbusters with the treasures the National Archives holds for your family.