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

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Hands on with Land 4: Digging into Deeds
Saturday, February 7
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.

African American Webinars at the Main Library
Saturday, February 14
African American Webinars at the Main Library  (Programs)
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Main Library - Third Floor Huenefeld Tower Room
African American Genealogy Webinar-2 sessions
February 14-Main Library - Huenefeld Tower Room
This year, the Library is proud to announce a free two- session webinar with Michael G. Hait, professional genealogical researcher and lecturer, co-sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library and the Hamilton County Genealogy Society.
African American Genealogy: Tearing Down the Brick Walls. Michael G. Hait, CG
11 am-Main Library (First Session)
Brick walls in African-American genealogy can be caused by lack of records or improper research habits. Learning to research effectively can help to avoid these brick walls. This presentation includes a case study to demonstrate proper techniques for researching an African-American family in Maryland, from evaluating known information to identifying parents to locating the final slave owner
Freedmen’s Bureau Records   Michael G. Hait, CG
2 pm-Main Library (Second Session)
The Freedmen’s Bureau's records, kept from 1865-1872, contain a wide range of data about the African American experience during slavery and freedom. Among the records are marriage registers and other records that give the names, ages, and former occupations of freedmen and names and residences of former owners. For some states there are census lists, details of labor and apprenticeship agreements, back pay records, complaint registers, personal data about black soldiers (including company and regiment), school records, hospital registers, census records, and records of murders committed against freedmen.  Hait will explain the challenges and rewards that a researcher will encounter using this collection.

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.