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

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Griffith's Valuation, Beyond the Basics!
Saturday, March 14
Griffith's Valuation, Beyond the Basics!  (Programs)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Main Library - Third Floor Huenefeld Tower Room
On Saturday, March 14th at 10:00 AM at the Main Library, Mary Ann Faloon will help us understand The Primary Valuation of Ireland, known as the Griffith’s Valuation. The Griffith’s Valuation, was developed to provide a standardized taxation method in Ireland during the mid-nineteenth century.  Because of the destruction of early census records, it has become a census substitute used to find Irish ancestors, especially those who left Ireland during the Famine of the 1840s.  However, there is much more to Griffith’s than a list of names.  By exploring the various documents used to create the final product, along with pre and post documents, we can discover many interesting aspects about our ancestors and the lives they lived.  Join us as we investigate how Griffith’s was developed and view some of the information contained in the various records.
Note the special time for this presentation to be held at the Main Library Huenefeld Room. It was scheduled at this time so that participants will be able to attend the St. Patrick’s Day Parade that begins at noon. Mark your calendar and “think spring.”
 



Annual Seminar: Jerry Smith, CG
Saturday, April 18
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, complete the registration form in the flyer: 2015 Annual Seminar Flyer.
 
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.
 
 
 


Saturday, April 25
Advanced Genealogy Forum  (Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
PLCH Main Library, Room 3A
HCGS is starting the Advanced Genealogy Forum (AGF) to give more experienced genealogists the opportunity to expand their knowledge. The forum will meet for 2-3 hours monthly to:
  • analyze journal articles
  • learn about seldom used complex sources
  • explore advanced research techniques
  • share their own genealogical conundrums
  • present complex reasoning to reach genealogical conclusions
AGF is just beginning. This is a planning meeting to select a coordinator, determine the schedule, and choose discussion leaders for the first few forums. If you would like further information, please contact Liz Stratton, Education Director, Education@hcgsohio.org.
 



Monday, May 4
Genealogy Resources at PLCH Main and through HCGS: Corryville Branch Library  (Education)
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Corryville Branch Library, 2802 Vine Street, Cincinnati
Co-sponsored by the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and the Hamilton County Genealogical Society, this program provides an introduction to genealogical resources in Hamilton County. Program is not limited to those with Hamilton County ancestors!


Tuesday, May 12
Genealogy Resources at PLCH Main and through HCGS: Delhi Twp Branch Library  (Education)
7:00 pm
Delhi Township Branch Library, 5095 Foley Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
Co-sponsored by the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and the Hamilton County Genealogical Society, this program provides an introduction to genealogical resources in Hamilton County. Program is not limited to those with Hamilton County ancestors!


Wednesday, May 20
Genealogy Resources at PLCH Main and through HCGS: Green Township Branch Library  (Education)
7:00 pm
Green Township Branch Library, 6525 Bridgetown Road
Co-sponsored by the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and the Hamilton County Genealogical Society, this program provides an introduction to genealogical resources in Hamilton County. Program is not limited to those with Hamilton County ancestors!