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

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Heritage Luncheon
Saturday, October 25
Heritage Luncheon  (Conferences)
Clovernook Country Club
On Saturday, October 25, we will hold our annual Heritage Luncheon at the Clovernook Country Club. It is at this time that we introduce and welcome new members to our three lineage groups:  First Families, Settlers and Builders, and Century Families. (Information as to time, location, cost and the bio of our guest speaker, is available on the registration form).
 
Our guest speaker this year is Wendy Hart Beckman. She just published a new book entitled Founders and Famous Families of Cincinnati. One of her biggest challenges was deciding which Cincinnati Families to include. Each featured family made a contribution in more than one area (i.e. education and philanthropy) and had an impact on the area in more than one area. As someone who has had the pleasure of hearing Ms. Beckman speak, I know we are in for a treat. Please send in your reservation by October 18. More information about the three lineage groups can be accessed on our website.
 



Hands on with Land 2: Finding your Ancestor's Land
Saturday, November 1
Hands on with Land 2: Finding your Ancestor's Land  (Education)
PLCH Main Library, 3rd Floor Computer Lab
Note: All "Hands on with Land" sessions at scheduled for 1 p.m. are full. A second session has been added at 3:00 p.m. on the same date. If you are on the library's waiting list (limited to 10), you have been accepted for the later session. Additional spaces are available at 3 p.m. Please email Liz Stratton at Education@hcgsohio.org if you are interested. Put "Land Series" in the topic line. The lecture at 11:00 a.m. is open to everyone and does not require a reservation.
 
Discoveries, issues, strategies, and participant examples will be shared in these informal working sessions.
 
11-12 noon “Prospecting for Gold: Land Records in Print, Online, on Film and in Person” (Repeat), Liz Stratton
Explore the many places land records can be found. Availability of Hamilton County land resources will be covered.
 
1-3 pm Finding Your Ancestor's Land (Preregistration: http://goo.gl/PS9Y22)
Participants will find ancestral land records or property descriptions. A variety of sources will be used to learn more about your ancestor’s land. County names and boundary changes will be explored.
 
3-5 pm Finding Your Ancestor's Land
Additional session. See above for registration information.


Uncovering World War I Genealogy Resources with Patricia Van Skaik
Saturday, November 8
Uncovering World War I Genealogy Resources with Patricia Van Skaik  (Programs)
11:00 pm to 12:00 pm
PLCH Main Library
2014 marks the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of World War I.  From its outbreak, Cincinnati’s interest in the war was strong. By the war’s end, over 500 Cincinnatians had given their lives, and even more registered and served.  World War I records not only fill in gaps about ancestors’ lives, but also form a bridge back to the 19th century. Join Genealogy and Local History Manager, Patricia Van Skaik, as she explores military records housed at the Library sought by researchers from around the world and a wealth of resources that provide a glimpse of civilian life during the Great War.



Hands on with Land 3: Identifying Subdivision Names
Saturday, December 6
Hands on with Land 3: Identifying Subdivision Names  (Education)
PLCH Main Library, 3rd Floor Computer Lab
Note: All "Hands on with Land" sessions at scheduled for 1 p.m. are full. A second session has been added at 3:00 p.m. If you are on the library's waiting list (limited to 10), you have been accepted for the later session. Additional spaces are available at 3 p.m. Please email Liz Stratton, Education@hcgsohio.org to be added. The lecture at 11:00 a.m. does not require a reservation.
 
Discoveries, issues, strategies, and participant examples will be shared in these informal working sessions.
 
11-12 noon “Prospecting for Gold in Hamilton County Geographical Indexes” (New), Liz Stratton
Introduction to using Hamilton County geographical indexes.
 
1-3 pm Identifying Subdivision Names (Preregistration: http://goo.gl/Swwcvh)
The first step in using geographical indexes is finding the subdivision name. A variety of strategies will be used to determine subdivision names from addresses, deeds, census listings, map references and more.
 
3-5 pm Identifying Subdivision Names
Additional session. See above for registration information.



Hands on with Land 4: Digging into Deeds
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Hands on with Land 4: Digging into Deeds  (Education)
PLCH Main Library, 3rd Floor Computer Lab
Note: All "Hands on with Land" sessions at scheduled for 1 p.m. are full. A second session has been added at 3:00 p.m. If you are on the library's waiting list (limited to 10), you have been accepted for the later session. Additional spaces are available at 3 p.m. Please email Liz Stratton, Education@hcgsohio.org to be added to the session. The lecture at 11:00 a.m. does not require a reservation.
 
Discoveries, issues, strategies, and participant examples will be shared in these informal working sessions.
 
11-12 noon “Surveying Land Records for Genealogical Gold: Digging into Deeds” (Repeat), Liz Stratton
 
1-3 pm Reading and Interpreting Deeds (Preregistration: http://goo.gl/rJYmdy.)
Participants will read and interpret deeds and analyze them for additional avenues of research. Sample deeds will be provided to illustrate some unusual terminology and issues.
 
3-5 pm Reading and Interpreting Deeds
Additional session. See note above for registration details.



Annual Seminar: Jerry Smith, CG
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Annual Seminar: Jerry Smith, CG  (Seminar)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Mill Race Banquet Center, 1515 West Sharon Road, Winton Woods Great Park
Gerald "Jerry" Smith, CG is a professional genealogist who has lectured at national, regional, state and local conferences and institutes. He is a faculty member at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). Jerry has expertise in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Many settlers of southwest Ohio were from those states. The seminar will include research methods for those states and more! See lecture descriptions below.
 
Preregistration is required by April 1, 2015. Online Registration is now available for this event! If you would prefer to register by mail, select the downloadable file link below.
 
Records of the New Jersey Proprietors
New Jersey Proprietor records are a key resource for researching colonial New Jersey families. After a review of the history of the East Jersey and West Jersey Proprietors and the East-West Jersey boundary, discussion will delve into the land and other records of the New Jersey Proprietors. The session will include the use and leverage of the records that are on-line and those available on-site at the New Jersey Archives. Different resources (hence different research plans) are needed for the East and West Proprietorship research. The archives is expanding its on-line resources for this important record set.
 
Early Pennsylvania Research from Afar
Learn about resources and tools for Pennsylvania research from afar with an emphasis on records from the 1700s and 1800s. Historical background and a good number of readily available, but little-known and often misunderstood resources can unlock Pennsylvania secrets. Topics include an overview of Pennsylvania warrants and patents, civil vital records (as early as 1803!), early courts, major religious denominations, legal resources, impacts of history and boundary disputes on the records, and navigating the Pennsylvania courthouse. Certain federal records (such as the 1795 Direct Tax) exist for Pennsylvania but few other jurisdictions. Deciphering early tax lists is an important tool for early research. For those who can travel, there is discussion of lesser-known repositories that should not be missed; for those who can’t learn tips on how to engage Pennsylvania researcher for economy and productivity.
 
Obituaries – From Humor to Horror
An introduction to obituary and death notice research. Topics include finding obituaries in papers, on microfilm, and on-line; information found in an obituary; evidence analysis for obituaries; pointers to other records; compiling a list of early newspapers for a locality; locating newspapers; finding aids (for obituaries, newspapers, and death dates); and gotchas (such as unusual headlines). Humorous and horrid samples interspersed.

Finding Land-Less Ancestors
Some ancestors died poor and without land, depriving genealogists of two commonly used record sets: deeds and probate. Learn techniques & resources for researching your land-less ancestor in both rural and urban environments. This lecture includes case studies.