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

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Utilizing Webinars, Podcasts, Hangouts and YouTube for Genealogy
Saturday, September 7
Utilizing Webinars, Podcasts, Hangouts and YouTube for Genealogy  (Programs)
11:00 am
North Central Branch Library on Hamilton Ave. (just south of I-275)

Join us on Saturday, September 7th at 11:00am at the North Central Branch Library on Hamilton Avenue to find out about utilizing Webinars, Podcasts, Hangouts, and YouTube for your genealogy research.  Learn how to find quality presentations and experts in their respective fields.  These online platforms can provide you with hours of education along with practical how-tos in all aspects of your research all from the comfort of your own home. Our presenter will be Nancy Chouteau.


Map to North Central 

HCGS Board Meeting
Thursday, September 19
HCGS Board Meeting  (Calendar)
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Perkins Restaurant, 7108 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH
HCGS Board Meeting - Members are welcome and can just listen or you may jump in and join any discussion.  We meet in January, February, March, April, May, (June is held at another location), no meetings in July or August, then meet again in September, October, November, and December. You may come early to eat, then the meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and go until about 8:00 p.m. Come and find out what’s happening.

Saturday, September 21
Advanced Genealogy Forum (AGF)  (Education)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Main Branch, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 3rd Floor Computer Lab
The Advanced Genealogy Forum (AGF) is a peer-led discussion group that explores strategies to solve complex genealogical problems. AGF will focus on using "reasonably exhaustive research" to reach unbiased conclusions.  We will also plan future sessions. This AGF meeting will discuss:
     Article: Trish Hackett Nicola, “The Two Deaths of Arthur J. Crim…,” NGSQ  107 (June 2019): 125-136.
     Discussion Leader: Foote Lund, CG
If you have difficulty obtaining a copy of the article or would like to be added to the email list, please contact education@hcgsohio.org. Article discussion questions will be posted on the website about a month before each session.

Spring Grove Cemetery Tram Tour
Sunday, September 22
Spring Grove Cemetery Tram Tour  (Programs)
1:00 pm
Spring Grove Cemetery
Date: Sunday, September 22nd
Time: First Tour – 1:00 pm Second Tour – about 2:45
Where: Spring Grove Cemetery, 4521 Spring Grove, Cincinnati, OH 45232
Topic: History and Heritage of Spring Grove Cemetery
A few years ago, we scheduled Tram Tours at Spring Grove Cemetery. We were able to set up two tours for Sunday, September 22nd. Participation is limited to 24 participants for each tour. The topic is History and Heritage with some architecture information about the mausoleums.  It is a beautiful tour and you will learn about many notable families of Cincinnati.   Spring Grove’s magnificent funerary art takes on a different light on this tour.  You will go past some of the beautiful and interesting monuments that make Spring Grove a National Historic Landmark.  You will also hear what some of the carved symbols mean.
In September, you will receive an email re: this program. RESERVATIONS WILL BE REQUIRED and limited to the first 48 members who respond. Please note that you can always sign up for a Public Tram Tour. They are listed on the Spring Grove website. Save the date.

Introduction to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Sacramental Records on Findmypast
Saturday, September 28
Introduction to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Sacramental Records on Findmypast  (Programs)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Symmes Township Library, 11850 Enyart Rd, Loveland, OH 45140

Genealogists have waited a long time for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Sacramental records to be available online. Earlier this year, Findmypast (FMP) released transcriptions of some digitized records on their website. Images should be available very soon. 


Introduction to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Sacramental Records on Findmypast will be presented by Julie Ross, our liaison to the Cincinnati Catholic Archdiocese Archives. Julie has volunteered at the archives for years, fulfilling genealogy research requests and coordinating other volunteers. She has been very successful in finding elusive ancestors and is the perfect person to teach us how to navigate this record set. Julie will do a live demonstration on how to find Catholic baptism, marriage, and burial records for Southwest Ohio families on FMP. She will discuss tips, tricks, limitations and work-arounds. FMP subscribers, bring your laptops/tablets for hands-on practice. For non-FMP subscribers, you may wish to take advantage of FMP’s free 14-day trial at https://www.findmypast.com/free-trial to participate with your device during the program.


Date: Saturday, September 28

Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Symmes Township Library, 11850 Enyart Rd, Loveland, OH 45140

Capacity: Seating is limited to ~ 75 people.

Parking: Park in the elementary school parking lot next door to the library. The library has a small parking lot reserved for library patrons. 


We hope you join us on September 28 for what promises to be very helpful instruction.

Saturday, October 5
"Family History Fair" & "Day with the Experts"  (Programs)
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Main Branch, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 3rd Floor Genealogy & Local History
11 AM "Reconstruct Your Ancestors’ Neighborhood: 5 Powerful Sources for Local History" by Sunny Morton
Many of our U.S. relatives lived in cities and towns. Their local records offer unique insight into the daily lives of their residents. See powerful and creative examples for using city directories, urban and suburban maps, local histories, newspapers, business records and images to reconstruct your ancestors’ stories.
12 - 2 PM Consultations with Experts
Lab: "Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, Findmypast.com and MyHeritage.com" with Sunny Morton
These “genealogy giants” all provide international audiences with tools and records for researching family trees online. But which should you use? Learn why you should be familiar with all four sites; subscription and free access options; and how they compare for historical record content, family trees and DNA tools. Get insider tips on each site’s best features—and cautions or challenges for working with each.

2 PM “They Survived the Johnstown Flood?!” How to Reconstruct Your Ancestors’ Amazing Stories" by Sunny Morton
A heroic rescue, a love story and a 30-foot wall of water. That’s just part of my ancestors’ experience in the Great Johnstown Flood of 1889. Come learn how to reconstruct fascinating experiences from your own family history by combining clues from your family’s knowledge, documents from genealogy websites, good historical research and Googling to fill in the gaps. All while learning the riveting story of one of the worst disasters in U.S. history.

2019 Heritage Luncheon
Saturday, October 12
2019 Heritage Luncheon  (Other Events)
10:45 am
Clovernook Country Club, 2035 West Galbraith Road, 45239
Mark the date for this year's Heritage Luncheon!   It will be held on Saturday October 12th. Clovernook County Club will again be our venue. This year marks the 200th anniversary of Ohio Medical College (University of Cincinnati.) With this in mind, our speaker will again be interpreter, Joyce Browning, this time as  "Mary Cunningham, the Body Snatcher's wife."  It is a funny/sad tale of how the earliest doctors became educated. Ms. Browning plays an amazing role!
Registration and payment information will be posted in the coming months.

Saturday, October 19
Genealogy Lock-in, and mini-Tech Programs  (Other Events)
6:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Main Branch, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Save the date! Registration information and details will be published later.