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

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A chapter of the
Ohio Genealogical Society

The Tracer

The Tracer is the quarterly journal of the Hamilton County Genealogical Society (HCGS). Published in March, June, September and December, it contains 32 pages of information about Hamilton County records, indexes, finding aids, repositories, church histories, and case studies, as well as local genealogy and HCGS news, upcoming events, book reviews, and Public Library acquisitions.
The Tracer is the 2019 winner of the National Genealogical Society Newsletter Competition in the category of Major Genealogical and/or Historical Society (over 500 members). The NGS Award Committee used the following criteria – interest, variety, and originality of the material; quality of the writing and editing; readability; and attractiveness – when making its decision. The award was presented by Ben Spratling, NGS president, to Eileen Muccino, Tracer editor, on May 8 at the NGS Conference in St. Charles, Missouri (photo on right).
The Tracer was the 2014 winner of the National Genealogical Society Newsletter Competition in the category of County or Local Genealogical or Historical Society. The Tracer was also honored with this award in 2007. 
In 2011 and 2013 The Tracer won the Frances Dana Gage Award for Outstanding OGS Chapter Newsletter, awarded by the Ohio Genealogical Society. The NGS and OGS awards are based on material interest, variety and originality, genealogical interest, writing and editing quality, readability and attractiveness, and overall publication makeup.
Issues of The Tracer are available from 2008 to date in the Members Area. 1979-2008 issues are available for purchase in the HCGS Shop
Cumulative and annual surname indexes contain all surnames published in a genealogical context for most years between 1979 and 2013. All surname indexes are on the Queries page.
Two subject indexes cover articles in the 1979-2008 and 2008-2012 issues.  
Authors are encouraged to submit material for publication to tracer@hcgsohio.org. The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted. Genealogical advertising is accepted; contact the editor for details.
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