Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Update on Hamilton County Recorder's Office Records Online at Family Search

Kenny Burck, Jeff Herbert, Jim Dempsey, and Jim Cissel
The FamilySearch project to scan Hamilton County Recorder's Office records, begun in September 2013, was completed on April 8, 2014. For a detailed record list, see "Hamilton County Recorder’s Office Records to Be Added to FamilySearch" by Jim Dempsey, in the December 2013 issue of The Tracer. A significant amount of the images are already available at https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2141016. Land-related records now online are:

Deeds, volumes 477-854 (1877-1901)
Mortgages, volumes 20-571 (1823-1889)
Mortgage Releases, volumes 1, 2 and 3 (1892-1949)
Leases, volumes 1-122 (1847-1902)
Lease Indexes, volumes 1, 2 and 3 (1858-1901)
Deed and Mortgage Series 6 Indexes (1917-1928)*
Deed and Mortgage Series 7 Indexes (1928-1938)*

*All of these indexes, which are geographic or "by-area," including all of Series 1 to 5, are available at the Recorder's website, http://recordersoffice.hamilton-co.org/helpful_information/series_indices.html

Many non-deed records will also be online in the future. They can be seen on microfilm at the Recorder's Office and at the Cincinnati Historical Library and Archives. For descriptions of these records see articles by Jim Dempsey in The Tracer: "Hamilton County Recorder’s Office Early Indexes and Records," September 2012 issue, and "Hamilton County Recorder’s Office - Far More Than Deeds," November 2011 issue. These records are indexed in the Sundries Indexes, volumes 1-8 (1794-1969), now online at FamilySearch. The earliest index, Sundries volume 1 (1794-1889), is also on our website at http://www.hcgsohio.org/cpage.php?pt=76

Note: Over the next few months, we hope to develop some instructions on how to efficiently make use of some of these incredible resources. Stay tuned.

Submitted by: Jim Dempsey
Photo Credit: John Tholking


Thursday, April 3, 2014

New issue of The Gazette available



The April issue of The Gazette, our quarterly newsletter, is now available online at: http://hcgsohio.org/upload/files/Publications/gazette20140401.pdf

In this issue:
  • A few seats left for the Michael Lacopo seminar
  • Surveying Land Records For Genealogical Gold added additional Practicums
  • DNA Program -- May 21st
  • Better Know Your HCGS Website!
  • Library News from PLCH
  • President's message
  • The Civil War -- The Untold Story
  • Calendar of Events

Please note that The Gazette is only published online on our website. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Hamilton County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 15865
Cincinnati, OH 45215-0865
Voice mail: 513-956-7078
Website: www.hcgsohio.org

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

April 1st Deadline Approaching

Dr. Michael Lacopo
If you've not yet made your reservation, check out the topics and methods of payments listed below.  Michael Lacopo was one of the highest-rated speakers at the recent OGS Conference. Here's your chance to hear him and share a great day with fellow genealogists. You may want to try to pay online using the link below.

Annual Seminar
Registration deadline is approaching fast: April 1. 

Mill Race Banquet Center on Sharon Road in Winton Woods
1515 Sharon Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45240
Presenter: Dr. Micahel D. Lacopo, DVM




You can pay with a check and the registration form at http://hcgsohio.org/upload/files/Events/SeminarFlyer2014.pdf , or pay online at http://hcgsohio.org/forsale.php?scid=17 .

Schedule for Topics 
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8:30 - 9:00 Registration & continental breakfast
9-9:15 Intro and announcements
9:15 - 10:15 How to Overcome Brick Wall Problems in German American Research, part 1
10:15 - 10:45 break (visit vendor tables)
10:45 - 11:45 How to Overcome Brick Wall Problems in German American Research, part 2
11:45 - 12:45 lunch buffet
12:45 - 1:00 Presentation of Chapter awards
1:00 - 2:00 Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Reevaluating the Evidence
2:00 - 2:30 break (visit vendor tables)
2:30 - 3:30 Incorporating Social History into Your Research
3:30 - 3:45 Questions

3:45 - 4:00 Door prizes

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Update on Land Practicums

Liz Stratton
I think anyone who attended Liz Stratton's presentation on "Surveying Land Records for Genealogical Gold" would agree that our eyes were opened to a whole new way to use land records. Due to the popularity of the talk, we had to add an extra lab to accommodate all who wanted to participate. Unfortunately, I listed the lab times incorrectly for Practicums 2-4. Here is the correct schedule:

Practicum #2 scheduled for March 29th will address the "Intricacies of Land Indexes." Discover different types of indexes and learn to identify land records likely to answer specific genealogical questions from the index alone. Strategies for overcoming index limitations will be explored.


The session scheduled for 1:00 PM, for those who were accepted initially and were not on the Waiting List. A second session has been added for those who were on the Waiting List. It will begin at 10:00 AM. This same schedule will be in affect for the April 5th and 19th dates.


Liz Stratton thinks that there may be a few available spots in the labs. There is no need to register, but should we run out of space, priority will be given to those who preregistered.
 
Practicum #3 scheduled for April 5th will discuss "Reading and Interpreting Deeds." Several deeds will be reviewed to familiarize participants with deed terminology and structure. Learn how to eliminate ‘boilerplate,’ and extract family relationships from deeds even when they are not directly stated.


Practicum #4 to be held on Saturday, April 19th is an "Introduction to Property Maps." This practicum begins with a brief introduction to the myriad ways to create or find property maps. Using the land description on deeds, participants will use online resources to locate a period map of the property or find it on Google Earth. 

We look forward to seeing you over the next few weeks.

REMINDER: If you are interested in hearing about Irish genealogy, go to this link and mark your calendar for 7:00 PM at the Symmes Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. 

Photo Credit: John Tholking

Submitted by Kathy Reed



Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Magnificent McNulty's - Irish Genealogy

Fun Fact:
There are approximately four million Irish in Ireland.

30.5 million Americans claim to have some Irish heritage.










Colleen Philips of the Genealogy and Local History Department will be discussing how she researched her
McNulty roots. This case study of both the "inlaws and the outlaws" of the McNulty family will be discussed at 7:00 PM, March 31st, at the Symmes Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (map and directions).

The Mc Nulty's were famine immigrants, who after arriving in Indiana made northern Kentucky and later Ohio their home. Colleen will discuss the various sources she used to research this family. With daylight savings time in place, you'll be able to arrive while it's still light, park at no cost, and share some time with others interested in Irish Genealogy. Bring your own expertise to share.

Submitted by Kathy Reed

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Presentation on Land Records and Practicum #1 Scheduled for Saturday, March 15th

We are trying to offer topics that have not been addressed in recent years. Thanks to the expertise of Liz Stratton, we are excited to offer sessions about the use of land records to enhance your genealogical research. Liz is passionate about this area and has participated in several classes related to this topic.

So I guess we shouldn't have been surprised at the response to this topic by our members. This Saturday at 11:00 AM on the Third Floor of the Main Library, Liz will do a presentation on "Surveying Land Records for Genealogical Gold." The discussion will not be limited to Hamilton Co. Land Records. This talk is open to everyone, and we encourage everyone to come. No registration is required.

This session will be followed by a Practicum Session in the Computer Lab located near the Genealogy and Local History Department. The first Practicum will address the topic:  "Who Owned Land and Where Are the Records?" Case studies will demonstrate how to identify likely land owners and how to locate property records on-line, on microfilm or in person. Due to the space limitations, the 1:00 PM session filled quickly. Thanks to the generosity of Liz Stratton, we worked with librarian Chris Smith to add an additional session beginning at 3:00 PM. Twelve people on the waiting list were informed by email of this additional session. There are a few remaining spots. If you are still interested, come on Saturday and we'll hope for the best.

Practicum #2 scheduled for March 29th will address the "Intricacies of Land Indexes." Discover different types of indexes and learn to identify land records likely to answer specific genealogical questions from the index alone. Strategies for overcoming index limitations will be explored.


The first session, scheduled for 1:00 PM, is full. An additional session has been added that will begin at 10:00 AM. Those on the Waiting List will be notified by email that they have been accepted and can arrive at 1:00. There are a few additional spaces available. 


Practicum #3 scheduled for April 5th will discuss "Reading and Interpreting Deeds." Several deeds will be reviewed to familiarize participants with deed terminology and structure. Learn how to eliminate ‘boilerplate,’ and extract family relationships from deeds even when they are not directly stated.


Again, the first session, scheduled for 1:00 AM, is full. An additional session has been added that will begin at 10:00 AM. Those on the Waiting List will be notified by email that they have been accepted and can arrive at 1:00. There are a few additional spaces available. 


Practicum #4 to be held on Saturday, April 19th is an "Introduction to Property Maps." This practicum begins with a brief introduction to the myriad ways to create or find property maps. Using the land description on deeds, participants will use online resources to locate a period map of the property or find it on Google Earth. 

The first session, scheduled for 1:00 PM, is full. An additional session has been added that will begin at 10:00 AM. Those on the Waiting List will be notified by email that they have been accepted and can arrive at 1:00. There are a few additional spaces available. 


Participants must attend the initial presentation on Saturday the 15th at 11:00 AM. The lab experiences stand alone by topic, and those who preregistered were able to pick and choose from among them.


If you have any additional questions, please contact Kathy Reed at khreed@cinci.rr.com. We appreciate being able to collaborate with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Hope to see you Saturday.

Submitted by:  Kathy Reed






Tuesday, March 4, 2014

March issue of The Tracer is now available online

The March issue of The Tracer is now available for HCGS members to download from our website. Log into the Members area and then click on The Tracer. (If your membership includes printed copies of The Tracer, a copy will arrive soon by USPS mail.)

Not a member yet? Become a member today to enjoy this award-winning quarterly journal and much more! Read about all the benefits of membership.

Articles in the March issue of The Tracer are:

  • Three Online Collections of Hamilton County Probate Records
  • Calendar of Upcoming Events
  • Chapter News
  • HCGS Website
  • Awards for HCGS Digital Resources Committee
  • A Guide to Hamilton County Census Records
  • New Law Opens Access for Adoptees
  • Chronicling America: Cincinnati Newspapers 
  • Ohio and Hamilton County Divorce Records 
  • Clifton United Methodist Church
  • Hamilton County Name Changes, 1896-1916
  • J. Richard Abell Genealogical Trust Fund Donors 
  • New Members 
  • Book Reviews
  • Public Library Acquisitions
  • Queries 


Submitted by Jenny Davis