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

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Ohio Genealogical Society Conference, Sandusky, Ohio
Wednesday, April 26 through Saturday, April 29
Ohio Genealogical Society Conference, Sandusky, Ohio  (Conferences)
Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, Sandusky, Ohio

The OGS 2017 Annual Conference will be held at Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Sandusky,Ohio (between Toledo & Cleveland, Ohio and just down the road from Cedar Point Amusement Park) on April 26-29, 2017.

HCGS Education Director Liz Stratton will be presenting a workshop, "Panning for Gold in Specialized Ohio Property Indexes." The session will demonstrate how to use geographical indexes to deeds to solve genealogical problems.

For further information including programming and registration, please see the OGS Conference website, http://www.ogsconference.org/.




Cultivating your Genealogical Roots
Thursday, May 4
Cultivating your Genealogical Roots  (Education)
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Clifton Branch Library, 3400 Brookline Ave., Cincinnati
Learn how to get started tracing your genealogy. Key websites and records for genealogical research will be covered. Learn strategies for finding your ancestors in the records. Discover the many resources available for research at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCH).
 
This session co-sponsored by HCGS and PLCH. Duplicate sessions will be presented three times at different branch libraries:
May 4, 6 PM, Clifton Branch, 3400 Brooklyn  Ave., Cincinnati
May 9, 6 PM, Dear Park Branch Library, 3970 East Galbraith Rd.
May 15, 7 PM, Symmes Township Branch Library, Enyart Rd, Loveland
 


Genealogy and Local History Department Orientation (PLCH)
Saturday, May 6
Genealogy and Local History Department Orientation (PLCH)  (Other Events)
10:00 am
Main Branch, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
This program is provided by the librarians at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
 
Get an introduction to online genealogical resources available at a library or from home. Sessions are held the first Saturday of every other month at 10 am in the computer lab near the Genealogy and Local History Department on the 3rd floor of the Main Library.
 
Preregistration is not required


25th Anniversary Luncheon, Franklin County African American Interest Group
Saturday, May 6
25th Anniversary Luncheon, Franklin County African American Interest Group  (Other Events)
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Branch, 96 S. Grant Avenue, Columbus
This program is sponsored by the Franklin County African American Interest Group.
 
Keynote speaker Char McMargo Bah will present "Lest We Forget" at this luncheon to celebrate Franklin County African American Interest Group's 25th Anniversary. For further information, see their website, https://goo.gl/4ZnytG.
 
The Hamilton County Genealogy Society is seeking a Chair for our African American Interest Group. If you would be interested in serving, please contact Liz Stratton, education@hcgsohio.org


Cultivating your Genealogical Roots
Tuesday, May 9
Cultivating your Genealogical Roots  (Education)
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
May 9, 6 PM, Dear Park Branch Library, 3970 East Galbraith Rd.
Learn how to get started tracing your genealogy. Key websites and records for genealogical research will be covered. Learn strategies for finding your ancestors in the records. Discover the many resources available for research at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCH).
 
This session co-sponsored by HCGS and PLCH. Duplicate sessions will be presented three times at different branch libraries:
May 4, 6 PM, Clifton Branch, 3400 Brooklyn  Ave., Cincinnati
May 9, 6 PM, Dear Park Branch Library, 3970 East Galbraith Rd.
May 15, 7 PM, Symmes Township Branch Library, Enyart Rd, Loveland
 


A Visit to the Waldschmidt House and Civil War Museum.
Saturday, May 13
A Visit to the Waldschmidt House and Civil War Museum.  (Programs)
10:30 am
7567 Glendale Milford Road Camp Dennison, Ohio 45111
Ohio Daughter of the American Revolution Member (DAR)  Darlene West, will do a short presentation on the Christian Waldschmidt family and its impact on this early post-Revolutionary War community. Following lunch, we will explore both the homestead and the Civil War Museum located on the property. Download the blog post below for directions and more information on the Waldschmidt properties. Included is a form for making a reservation and purchasing a box lunch.Drinks will be provided by the society.
 


Cultivating your Genealogical Roots
Monday, May 15
Cultivating your Genealogical Roots  (Education)
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
May 15, 7 PM, Symmes Township Branch Library, Enyart Rd, Loveland
Learn how to get started tracing your genealogy. Key websites and records for genealogical research will be covered. Learn strategies for finding your ancestors in the records. Discover the many resources available for research at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCH).
 
This session co-sponsored by HCGS and PLCH. Duplicate sessions will be presented three times at different branch libraries:
May 4, 6 PM, Clifton Branch, 3400 Brooklyn  Ave., Cincinnati
May 9, 6 PM, Dear Park Branch Library, 3970 East Galbraith Rd.
May 15, 7 PM, Symmes Township Branch Library, Enyart Rd, Loveland
 


AGF: Autosomal DNA Article Discussion
Saturday, May 20
AGF: Autosomal DNA Article Discussion  (Education)
10:00 am
Forest Park Branch Library Meeting Room, 655 Waycross Road, Cincinnati
The Advanced Genealogical Forum is a peer-led group. The Forum meets bi-monthly to discuss journal articles, advanced methodology and complex records. The forum is open to anyone willing to read the articles and contribute to the discussion.
 
Discussion Leader: Pam White
 
Article: Thomas W. Jones, "Too Few Sources to Solve a Family Mystery? Some Greenfields of Central and Western New York," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 103 (June 2015): 85-103.
 
For more about autosomal DNA see Debbie Parker Wayne, "Using autosomal DNA for Genealogy," NGS Magazine 40 (Apr-June 2014): 50-54.
 
The National Genealogical Society Quarterly is currently not available at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The 2015 issues are out for binding. Back issues are also available to National Genealogy Society members on their website. If you are unable to get a copy of the article, please contact Liz Stratton, education@hcgsohio.org
 
Discussion questions will be added to this post about 1 month before the session.
 
If you have any questions or would like to be added to the email list for this group, please contact Liz Stratton, education@hcgsohio.org.



Genealogy and Local History Department Orientation (PLCH)
Saturday, June 3
Genealogy and Local History Department Orientation (PLCH)  (Other Events)
10:00 am
Main Branch, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
This program is provided by the librarians at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
 
Get an overview of the resources available in the department. Orientations are held the first Saturday of every other month at 10 am in the Genealogy and Local History Department on the 3rd floor of the Main Library.
 
Preregistration is not required


Genealogy Foundations, Session 1
Saturday, June 3
Genealogy Foundations, Session 1  (Education)
11:00 am to 3:30 pm
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main, Computer Lab
This multi-class series will lay the foundation for effective family research. Work on your own family history in these hands-on sessions. All sessions will be held at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCH) in the third-floor computer lab. Space is limited and preregistration is required, registration form. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Stratton, Education@hcgsohio.org.
 
“Getting Started on Your Family History” and “What’s in a Name”
 
Participants are encouraged to attend the 10 AM tour of the Genealogy and Local History Department, PLCH. The tour will be led by PLCH librarians. No preregistration is required for the tour.
 
After the tour, we will meet in the computer lab. Learn strategies for collecting and using family information. Evaluate and choose a genealogical software program or alternate recording method. Identify alternate name spellings and uncover likely transcription errors. Understand how naming patterns can help you identify ancestors. This session includes a lunch break.
 
Photo: Susbany, "Medieval-castle-detail-84336," Pixabay (https://pixabay.com/en/ : accessed 4 April 2017), CC0 Public Domain.


Genealogy Foundations: Session 2
Saturday, June 10
Genealogy Foundations: Session 2  (Education)
12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main, Computer Lab
This multi-class series will lay the foundation for effective family research. Work on your own family history in these hands-on sessions. All sessions will be held at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCH) in the third-floor computer lab. Space is limited and preregistration is required, registration form. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Stratton, Education@hcgsohio.org. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Stratton, Education@hcgsohio.org.
 
“Estimating Dates and Places—from Memories to Pedigrees” and “Extra! Extra! Read all about your Ancestors in the News”
 
Learn to estimate dates and places of your ancestors’ major life events. Learn about pedigree analysis to estimate dates and evaluate online trees. Identify newspapers available where your ancestors lived. Learn how to locate online and in print historic newspapers. Find obituaries and other news items whether they are online, on microfilm or in print. Search for your ancestors using a variety of search strategies including the alternate name list developed in Session 1.
 
Photo: Susbany, "Medieval-castle-detail-84336," Pixabay (https://pixabay.com/en/ : accessed 4 April 2017), CC0 Public Domain.


Genealogy Foundations: Session 3
Saturday, June 17
Genealogy Foundations: Session 3  (Education)
12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main, Computer Lab
This multi-class series will lay the foundation for effective family research. Work on your own family history in these hands-on sessions. All sessions will be held at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCH) in the third-floor computer lab. Space is limited and preregistration is required, registration form. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Stratton, Education@hcgsohio.org.. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Stratton, Education@hcgsohio.org.
 
“Making Sense of the Census” and “Using Census and other Records to Identify Next Steps”
Find ancestors in all census years using a variety of search strategies. Expand your search skills by creating customized search terms using the alternate name list developed in Session 1. Learn to maximize your effectiveness by identifying all clues. Use census records as a steppingstone to further research. Refine estimates of dates and places of your ancestor’s major live events using information from the census.
 
Photo: Susbany, "Medieval-castle-detail-84336," Pixabay (https://pixabay.com/en/ : accessed 4 April 2017), CC0 Public Domain.


Genealogy Foundations: Session 4
Saturday, June 24
Genealogy Foundations: Session 4  (Education)
12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main, Computer Lab
This multi-class series will lay the foundation for effective family research. Work on your own family history in these hands-on sessions. All sessions will be held at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCH) in the third-floor computer lab. Space is limited and preregistration is required, registration formIf you have any questions, please contact Liz Stratton, Education@hcgsohio.org.
 
“It’s Vital to Find Births, Marriages and Deaths” and “Using Research Plans and Logs to Track Progress”
Learn about vital registrations of deaths, marriages and births. Find out when registrations were available, what you can learn from them, and how to obtain them. Discover alternate sources to use when vital records are not available. Work with information learned about your ancestor to write a focused research question and identify sources most likely to answer that question. Learn how research logs can help you avoid retracing your steps.
 
Photo: Susbany, "Medieval-castle-detail-84336," Pixabay (https://pixabay.com/en/ : accessed 4 April 2017), CC0 Public Domain.



Genealogy Foundations: Session 5
Saturday, July 8
Genealogy Foundations: Session 5  (Education)
12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main, Computer Lab
This multi-class series will lay the foundation for effective family research. Work on your own family history in these hands-on sessions. All sessions will be held at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCH) in the third-floor computer lab. Space is limited and preregistration is required, registration form. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Stratton, Education@hcgsohio.org.
 
“Finding and Using Published Sources” and “Organizing your Genealogy and Connecting with Cousins”
Speed your research by taking advantage of information about your ancestors in online and print sources. Use indexes and abstracts to identify records. Learn why obtaining the original record is crucial. Maximize your effectiveness at using online catalogs. Discover digitized books available for free online. Learn some organization strategies. Connecting with cousins – they may have clues you do not.
 
Photo: Susbany, "Medieval-castle-detail-84336," Pixabay (https://pixabay.com/en/ : accessed 4 April 2017), CC0 Public Domain.


2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference
Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30
2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference  (Conferences)
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel, 7025 Northland Dr. N., Brooklyn Park, Minn.
The inaugural international conference of the German-American Genealogical Partnership (GAGP) presents a unique opportunity for Germanic genealogy researchers. The day preceding the conference, Thursday July 27th, is partner leadership day. The German Interest Group of the HCGS is a member of this partnership. For conference information, including program and venue detals, registration form, lodging and food information, please see the Conference Brochure.