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

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DNA Discussion
Saturday, July 11
DNA Discussion  (Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Clifton Branch Library, 3400 Brookline Avenue, Cincinnati
Article Title: AncestryDNA, Ethnicity Estimate White Paper, http://dna.ancestry.com/ethnicity/1284710E-4265-499E-AD1D-CD46AE787CDE
Discussion Moderator: Kathy Reed
 
Suggested Background:  If you are totally unfamiliar with how DNA is used in genealogy, consider watching the two videos on DNA and Genealogy posted on the HCGS website: http://hcgsohio.org/cpage.php?pt=140
 
You must understand a couple of terms, such as SNPs, before reading this article. A glossary of terms can be found here: http://www.isogg.org/wiki/Genetics_Glossary
 
The Ethnicity Estimate White Paper addresses how one of the companies, in this case Ancestry, determines their estimates of your ethnicity. Parts are very technical – it is not necessary to understand the mathematical formulas.  Here are some questions that will form the basis of part of our discussion and may be helpful in your reading of the article: 
  1. What is a reference panel, and why is it difficult to use individuals from the United States to be part of a reference panel?
  2. Look at Table 3.1. How many samples are included in the reference panel for Europe for Germany?
  3. Why do siblings frequently have different ethnicity estimates?
  4. Why do you think estimates of genetic ethnicity for European Jews and Cameroon/Congo regions are more accurate than estimates from other populations?
  5. Consider this: You know that all of your ancestral lines lead to Great Britain, yet your ethnicity results include other regions. How can you explain this?
  6. Why aren’t ethnicity estimates consistent among the “Big Three” (Ancestry, 23andme, FTDNA)?
Suggested Article in Plain English – “Making the Best of What’s Not So Good” by Judy Russell
 
If you have difficulty obtaining the article or have any questions, please contact Liz Stratton at education@hcgsohio.org put "AGF" in the topic line.
 
The Advanced Genealogical Forum is a peer-led group. The Forum meets bi-monthly to discuss journal articles, advanced methodology and complex records.
 
Cartoon reused with permission of Chris Madden, Chris Madden Cartoons.



Hands-on: Lessons Learned, New Jersey Proprietors' Records (Preregistration Required)
Saturday, September 5
Hands-on: Lessons Learned, New Jersey Proprietors' Records (Preregistration Required)  (Education)
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 3rd floor computer lab
Bring your list of New Jersey ancestor for this hands-on session. Apply lessons learned in Jerry Smith's lecture (HCGS Annual Seminar, 2015). Look up your New Jersey ancestors in online proprietors' records. Explore published New Jersey sources available at PLCH. Share successes and online sources with your peers. There are duplicate sessions at 1 and 3 pm. Preregistration details to follow.
 
1:00 - 2:45 PM Session 1
3:00 - 4:45 PM Session 2
 
 
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Finding Immigrant Ancestors Using American Records
Saturday, September 12 through Saturday, September 12
Finding Immigrant Ancestors Using American Records  (Programs)
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Clifton Branch Library, 3400 Brookline Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220
Many of us know that our ancestors came from Germany, Ireland or fill-in-the-blank. However, we don't know the specific town or can't read the language and have no idea where to begin. 
 
Amie Bowser Tennant has some fantastic tips on how to find this information without ever having to "cross the pond." She also has some amazing tips and tricks on how to make best use of Ancestry and familysearch.
 
This talk is appropriate for beginners and long-time researchers alike. It will be held in the Meeting Room of the new Clifton Library. Parking is free and the building is handicap-accessible. 


Historical and Social Context
Saturday, September 19
Historical and Social Context  (Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Clifton Branch Library, 3400 Brookline Avenue, Cincinnati
 
Article Title: Coming Soon!
Discussion Moderator: Steve Hoard
 
It is recommended that you read the article 4 times following either the method described by Litchman or the process demonstrated in Mastering Genealogical Proof.
 
If you have difficulty obtaining the article or have any questions, please contact Liz Stratton at education@hcgsohio.org put "AGF" in the topic line.
 
Resources:
Jones, Dr. Thomas W. Mastering Genealogical Proof. Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013.
Litchman, Dr. William M. "Teaching Analysis, Logic, and the Research Process: A Seminar Approach." National Genealogical Society Newsmagazine, November/December 2000, 340-343. A typescript of this article can be found on Dr. Litchman's website: Teaching Analysis, Logic, and the Research Process: A Seminar Approach.
Mills, Elizabeth Shown. "QuickLesson 17: Evidence Analysis Process Model." Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation & Source Usage. http://www.evidenceexplained.com/content/quicklesson-17-the-evidence-analysis-process-model: 8 June 2015.
 
The Advanced Genealogical Forum is a peer-led group. The Forum meets bi-monthly to discuss journal articles, advanced methodology and complex records.
 
Event image licensed CC0 Public Domain. Thanks Pixabay!



Saturday, October 3
Cincinnati Cholera Epidemics with Dr. Peter Frame and more!  (Programs)
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Library, 3rd Floor
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 participate in guided tours of the Library resources (10 a.m. and noon).  This year’s seminars (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) focus on Diseases of our Ancestors and how they impacted the lives of our ancestors and the records they generated.  
 
10 AM, Guided Tours of Library Resources
 
11 AM, Dr. Peter Frame, physician and genealogist, will present Cincinnati’s Cholera Epidemics.
 
12 PM, Guided Tours of Library Resources
 
12 PM-2 PM, Day with the Experts!
 
2 PM, Effect of diseases including the small pox outbreak in Cincinnati, influenza, tuberculosis, and common diseases eradicated today, through the eyes of genealogists.
 
Submitted by Chris Smith, Librarian, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County


Monday, October 5
Introduction to Genealogy Resources in Cincinnati  (Education)
6:00 pm
Offered at three locations, this class will help beginners get started and those who have already explored go to the next level, focusing on “how-to” and online resources.
Loveland Branch-Monday, October 5, 6 p.m.
Northside Branch-Tuesday, October 13, 6 p.m.
Wyoming Branch-Monday, October 27, 6 p.m.
 
Submitted by Chris Smith, Librarian, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County


Mining Cincinnati’s Digital Library for Genealogy
Sunday, October 11
Mining Cincinnati’s Digital Library for Genealogy  (Other Events)
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Library, 3rd Floor
The Public Library is rapidly adding digital genealogy resources to its website.  Join the librarians of the Genealogy and Local History Department as they present two workshops:
Part 1 –Overview of the Digital Library and Search Strategies
Saturday, October 17, 11 a.m.
 
Part 2—Hands on Computer Searching in the Digital Library (offered again on October 24 in the computer lab, see the event on that date)
Saturday, October 17, 1 p.m., bring your own laptop


Friday, October 16 through Sunday, October 18
Ohio River National Freedom Corridor's Underground Railroad Conference  (Other Events)
Holiday Inn East Gate Conference Center
This event is sponsored by the Ohio River National Freedom Corridor adn the Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
 
"I walked with bold courage:" Connecting Communites with Shared Stories of the Underground Railroad.
 


Hands on Computer Searching in the Digital Library (duplicate session)
Saturday, October 24
Hands on Computer Searching in the Digital Library (duplicate session)  (Other Events)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 3rd floor computer lab
The Public Library is rapidly adding digital genealogy resources to its website.  Join the librarians of the Genealogy and Local History Department as they present two workshops:
 
Hands on Computer Searching in the Digital Library (also offered on October 17)
In this session, you can use the Library’s computers. Pre-reservation required, details to follow.


Saturday, October 31
Genealogy Lock-in at the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County  (Other Events)
6:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Join fellow genealogists for an after-hours research event.  During the lock-in, five optional mini-tech instructional sessions will be offered.  Pre-registration required. Details to follow.
 
Submitted by Chris Smith, Librarian, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County



Hands-on: Lessons Learned, Pennsylvania Research (Preregistration Required)
Saturday, November 7
Hands-on: Lessons Learned, Pennsylvania Research (Preregistration Required)  (Education)
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 3rd floor computer lab
Bring what you know about one or more of your Pennsylvania ancestors for this hands-on session. Develop a focused research question for one of your ancestors. Explore sources available at PLCH and online that might answer your question. Apply lessons learned from Jerry Smith at the Annual Seminar (2015) to develop a research plan and begin it!
Preregistration details to follow.
 
Duplicate Sessions:
1:00 PM - 2:45 PM Session 1
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM Session 2
 
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Saturday, January 30, 2016
Hands on: Researching Estate Settlement Records Part 1 of 3 (Preregister)  (Education)
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 3rd floor computer lab
This 3-session series will provide a detailed look at estate settlement records. Sessions will cover the estate settlement process, genealogically rich documents created in the process, and finding and interpreting records. For best results, plan on attending all the sessions. There will be hands-on exercises focused on your own ancestors in each session. These are general sessions that are not specific to Hamilton County.
 
Two Duplicate Times:
1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
 
Preregistration details to follow.
 
Part 2 will be on March 5 and Part 3 on April 2.
 



Saturday, March 5, 2016
Hands on: Researching Estate Settlement Records Part 2 of 3 (Preregister)  (Education)
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 3rd floor computer lab
This 3-session series will provide a detailed look at estate settlement records. Sessions will cover the estate settlement process, genealogically rich documents created in the process, and finding and interpreting records. For best results, plan on attending all the sessions. There will be hands-on exercises focused on your own ancestors in each session. These are general sessions that are not specific to Hamilton County.
 
Two Duplicate Times:
1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Preregistration details to follow.
 
 If you were unable to attend the first session, please contact Liz Stratton, education@hcgsohio.org, for syllabus materials and make-up work.
 
Part 3 is on April 2.
 



Saturday, April 2, 2016
Hands on: Researching Estate Settlement Records Part 3 of 3 (Preregister)  (Education)
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 3rd floor computer lab
This 3-session series will provide a detailed look at estate settlement records. Sessions will cover the estate settlement process, genealogically rich documents created in the process, and finding and interpreting records. For best results, plan on attending all the sessions. There will be hands-on exercises focused on your own ancestors in each session. These are general sessions that are not specific to Hamilton County.
 
Two Duplicate Times:
1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Preregistration details to follow.
 
 If you were unable to attend the first and/or second session, please contact Liz Stratton, education@hcgsohio.org, for syllabus materials and make-up work.
 



Saturday, May 7, 2016
Hands on: Researching Estate Settlement Records After the Court House Burns (Preregister)  (Education)
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 3rd floor computer lab
Learn how to reconstruct an estate file using fragmentary surviving court records in conjunction with other sources. Available online fragmentary court records will be used as a starting point. There will be hands-on exercises focused on your own ancestors in the session. An example can be provided for those who wish to learn the techniques but have not yet identified an ancestor's estate prior to the 1884 court house fire. The focus is on Hamilton County, Ohio but the techniques can be reapplied to other burned counties.
 
Two Duplicate Times:
1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Preregistration details to follow.
 
 If you were unable to attend the estate settlement sessions, please contact Liz Stratton, education@hcgsohio.org, for syllabus materials and make-up work. Prior experience with estate settlement records will be helpful.