Sunday, October 12, 2014

Hands on with Land 1: Identifying Landowners, October 18

We are aware that the "Hands on with Land" session at 1 PM on  October 18 is full. A second session has been added at 3:00 PM. The nine people on the waiting list have been accepted for the 3 o'clock session. Space is limited in the second session. If anyone else is interested, contact Liz Stratton at hcgsohio@gmail.com or leave a message for her at 513-956-7078. Put the words "Land Records" in the subject line. The lecture "Surveying Land Records for Genealogical Gold" at 11:00 AM is open to everyone and does not require a reservation.

Additional details can be found on the Hamilton County Genealogical Society website, http://goo.gl/Eovs4Z.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Heritage Luncheon and Lock-In

 Registration form

You only have until October 18 to make a reservation for the 2014 Heritage Luncheon. New members of the three lineage groups:  First Families, Settlers and Builders and Century Families will be inducted. It will be held at the Clovernook Country Club. RSVP by October 18 using this registration form.

Our guest speaker this year will be Wendy Hart Beckman, author of Founders and Famous Families of Cincinnati. Among the topics Ms. Beckman will discuss will be the trials, tribulations and triumphs of researching Cincinnati's earliest families. She will discuss some of the pitfalls she ran into including undocumented family trees, unvetted websites, and the necessity of finding original sources wherever possible.

Library Lock-In

I was hoping to give you a link to the library website so you could register for the lock-in scheduled for 6:30 to 11:30 PM at the Main Library on October 25th (same day as the Heritage Luncheon). The program also includes mini-tech programs in the adjoining computer lab. Unfortunately, the site says that the event is full. My suggestion -- call the Genealogy and Local History Department and ask to be put on a Waiting List. In the past they have invited everyone on the list.  (513-369-6905).

Submitted by Kathy Reed

updated: 10 October 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Spring Grove Cemetery Tram Tour

Spring Grove Tram Tour
On September 14th, 18 lucky HCGS members had the pleasure of touring Spring Grove Cemetery by tram. The docent discussed "Women in the Grove" and "Iconography."

So many members expressed an interest in this tour. With a waiting list of 44, we arranged for two additional tours on October 11th at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Last week we were informed that one of the tram cars which had been out for repair will now be added for the October 11th date. We now have additional spots available.

If you would like to participate, please email Kathy Reed at khreed@cinci.rr.com as soon as possible.
Put the words "Spring Grove" in the subject line. She will let you know by return email if you have been added to the list.

Submitted by Kathy Reed

Thursday, September 4, 2014

October is German-American Heritage Month

October is always a very busy month. Not only is it Family History Month, but it is also German-American Heritage Month. Chapter President, Kenny Burck, shared a list of activities scheduled for October that are sponsored by the German-American Citizens' League. In addition, Jean Morrison supplied a flier from the Tri-State German-American School. If you have an interest in learning to speak German, this school is for you. 




Since October 1989, German-American Heritage Month has been sponsored in the Ohio Valley by the German-American Citizens’ League, which was founded in 1895. The month is centered around October 6th, which was the day in 1683 when the first permanent German settlement was established in Germantown, Pennsylvania.  October is also Family History Month.

October 12 & 19 & 26, 2014 - (Sundays) - Visit the German Heritage Museum at  West Fork Park in Green Township at 4764 West Fork Road, located off North Bend Road in Monfort Heights - (phone museum on this day only after 1:00 p.m. at 598-5732 for directions if needed)  from 1 to 5 p.m (The Museum is closed October 5, 2015, please attend the Donauschwaben Oktoberfest in Colerain Township.)

October 4, 2014 - (Saturday) - Downtown Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County at 8th & Vine Streets - Annual Genealogy Fair with various groups including the Germany Genealogy Interest Group where you can ask the experts German Genealogy questions and trace your German roots - 11:00 to 3:00 p.m.

October 5, 2014 - (Sunday) - German Heritage Auxiliary of the German-American Club of Louisville at 1840 Lincoln Avenue, Louisville, KY - “German-Americans as Huns: The Anti-German Hysteria of WWI” - Presented by Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann (President of the German-American Citizens’ League) - 2:00 p.m.

October 6, 2014 - (Monday) - Landrum Academic Center 110 on the campus of  Northern Kentucky University (Maps/Directions http://www.nku.edu/campusmaps.html)  - “A Diverse Community: Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Germans” (The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion held by four German immigrants. Each of them will tell us where and when they immigrated and will be open for questions) - Presented by Paul A. Tenkotte, PhD - 2:00 p.m.

October 6, 2014 - (Monday) - Pleasant Ridge Public Library at 6233 Montgomery Road - “Reading Old German Script in Genealogical Records - Part 1” - Presented by Kenny Burck and/or Deb Cyprych  of the Hamilton County Genealogical Society for four nights in October - 6:00 p.m .

October 11, 2014 - (Saturday)  - Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints Family History Center at 144 Buttermilk Pike in Lakeside Park, KY (Exit 186 off  of  I-75) - “Germans From the Tri-State in the Civil War” - Presented by Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann (President of the German-American Citizens’ League)  - This event is open to the public - Phone 859-468-4866 for additional details if needed) - 11:45 a.m.      
           
October 12, 2014 - (Sunday) - German Heritage Museum  at West Fork Park in Green Township at 4764 West Fork Road, located off North Bend Road in Monfort Heights - (phone museum on this day only after 1:00 p.m. at 598-5732 for directions if needed) - Museum open 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and attendance is free - “Cincinnati North Turners and the Anti-German Backlash during World War I”- Presented by Dann Woellert - 2:00 p.m.

October 13, 2014 - (Monday) - Pleasant Ridge Public Library at 6233 Montgomery Road - “Reading Old German Script in Genealogical Records - Part 2” - Presented by Kenny Burck and/or Deb Cyprych of the Hamilton County Genealogical Society for four nights in October - 6:00 p.m .

October 16, 2014 - (Thursday) - Green Township Regional Library at  6525 Bridgetown Road  - “Tracing Your German Genealogy” - Presented by Kenny Burck of the Hamilton  County Genealogical Society - 11:00 a.m.
    
October 21, 2014 - (Tuesday) - Pleasant Ridge Public Library at 6233 Montgomery Road - “Reading Old German Script in Genealogical Records - Part 3” - Presented by Kenny Burck and/or Deb Cyprych of the Hamilton County Genealogical Society for four nights in October - 6:00 p.m .

October 23, 2014 - (Thursday) - Kenton County, KY Public Library at 5th & Scott Streets, Covington, KY - “Locating Your German Family’s Village of Origin” - Presented by Kenny Burck of the Hamilton County, OH Genealogical Society - 7:00 p.m.

October 26, 2014 - (Sunday) - German Heritage Museum at West Fork Park in Green Township at 4764 West Fork Road, located off North Bend Road in Monfort Heights - (phone museum on this day only after 1:00 p.m. at 598-5732 for directions if needed) - Museum open 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and attendance is free - “The Anti-German Hysteria of World War I in Northern Kentucky”- Presented by Lisa Gillham - 2:00 p.m.

October 27, 2014 - (Monday) - Pleasant Ridge Public Library at 6233 Montgomery Road - “Reading Old German Script in Genealogical Records - Part 4” - Presented by Kenny Burck and/or Deb Cyprych of the Hamilton County Genealogical Society for four nights in October - 6:00 p.m .

Programs sponsored by the:

German-American Citizens’ League of Greater Cincinnati                      
Hamilton County (OH) Genealogical Society
Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, OH                                
LDS Family History Center in Lakeside Park, KY               
German Heritage Auxiliary - German-American Club of Louisville     
Kenton County (KY) Public Library    
NKU’s Department of World Languages and Literature

Call Kenny Burck for any other details at 513-260-0238



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Day with Genealogy Experts 2014



On Saturday, October 4, HCGS will be co-sponsoring the annual “Day with Genealogy Experts.” This year’s topic will feature the contributions of the Quakers to this region. In addition to the chance to tour the Genealogy and Local History Department, two speakers are scheduled during the day. At 11:00 AM, Dr. Diane Van Skiver Gagel, Past President of OGS, will be discussing “The Inner Light: Researching Our Quaker Ancestors.” Dr. Robert Wimberg, a popular local historian and Adjunct Professor at Wilmington College will discuss “The Quakers of Cincinnati and Their Contributions” at 2:00 PM.

As usual, a variety of “experts” from around the area will have tables set up that you will be able to visit between 12:00 and 2:00. This has been a very popular program in year’s past, and this year should be no exception. 

You may also want to mark your calendar for the annual Genealogy Lock-In at the Main Library. It will be held on Saturday, October 25th from 6:30 - 11:30 PM. Space is limited and a reservation is required. You may reserve a spot at this link.

Submitted by:

Kathy Reed

Monday, August 11, 2014

Proposed Bipartisan Legislation to Change the VA Policy on Veteran Headstones

Grave of Civil War Veteran Jesse Flinn in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery

Jim Dempsey forwarded this article to me for possible inclusion in the blog. Since it is an article that discusses a bill with bipartisan support, I have included it in this blog. If you have an ancestor who served in the military and was buried without a headstone, this new policy may allow the Veterans' Administration to supply a headstone.The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County confronted this issue a couple of years ago. They wanted to honor seven African-American Civil War Veterans buried in the Wesleyan Cemetery without a headstone. In some cases, they could not locate a descendant, making them ineligible to receive one according to the VA rules in place at the time. So it is with great excitement that I share this link.

Thank you, Jim, for the good news.

Legislation to Provide Headstones to All Veterans

Submitted by Kathy Reed

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Spring Grove Cemetery Tram Tour

Photo Credit: Spring Grove Cemetery Website

On Saturday, September 6th at 1:00 PM, 24 lucky members of the Hamilton County Genealogical Society will have the opportunity to take a tram tour of Spring Grove Cemetery. The tour will be led by two docents who will discuss "Women of the Grove" and "Iconography." (Note: Iconography is the study of the symbols found on grave markers). The tour will last approximately one hour.

Unfortunately, only the first 24 people who make a reservation will be able to attend. Should there be more members interested in attending, every effort will be made to schedule a second tour at a later date. Please notify Kathy Reed by email at khreed@cinci.rr.com and with the words "Spring Grove" in the subject line. By return email, you will receive confirmation of your eligibility to attend the tour. A waiting list will be maintained if necessary. Participants are asked to meet at the Welcome Center near the cemetery entrance. There is no cost to members.

Questions? The best way to contact me is through email. You may also call me at 513-295-1970.
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                                                                              Photo Credit: Kathy Reed

Note: This tour is FULL. If you are interested, please ask to be put on the Waiting List. If another tour can be arranged, you will be contacted.

Submitted by Kathy Reed