Saturday, June 21, 2014

Hamilton County Genealogical Society Makes a Difference Volunteer Project

quilting fabric and blocks representing those of the Civil War period
Now that the summer is upon us we have a volunteer project that might interest you. Do you like to wander through cemeteries taking photographs? Would you like to honor and memorialize Civil War Veterans buried in Hamilton County? Or maybe you would like looking up memorials on Find a Grave?

With the period for recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War drawing to a close, we’ve planned a project that needs lots of volunteers, each undertaking a small amount of effort. We want to place photos of the tombstones, burial site, or memorialize on Find a all the Civil War veterans buried in Hamilton County. These soldiers we seek to honor fought to preserve the Union – so we did not become a nation divided.   

We will need volunteers to “adopt” a cemetery and take photos of the graves of soldiers. We will provide the list. Other volunteers are needed to research Find a and verify if a memorial has been created already for the soldier. This volunteer will also move existing memorials to our “virtual cemeteries” for our project. And finally, we will need volunteers to create new memorials on Find a for soldiers who need them.

We have a Find A Grave profile that we will use The “virtual cemeteries” are located there.

We will provide work sheets and instructions for the cemetery you choose to adopt. Supplies to help the photographer will also be provided. We suggest you work in groups, so volunteer with a friend or join us as we tackle some of the larger cemeteries together.

This is the initial group of cemeteries we will be taking photos in. The number beside the name indicates the number of Civil War Veterans buried there. After checking on Find a Grave the actual count for each cemetery will be lower if memorials have been created already.

Armstrong Chapel (Methodist Churchyard)-19
Asbury Methodist Episcopal Chapel-5
Asbury Methodist Episcopal Churchyard-17
Bethel Baptist-8
Bevis Cedar Grove-35
Carpenter’s Run Baptist Church Cemetery-2
Clough Baptist Churchyard-1
Coleman Presbyterian Cemetery-5
Columbia Baptist Churchyard-9
Compton Family Burial Ground-2
Congress Green-2
Dunlap Station-1-assigned
Ebenezer Methodist Episcopal Cemetery-4-assigned
East Miami River-1
Flag Spring Cemetery-49-completed
Glen Haven Cemetery-109
Green Township-5
Guardian Angels Catholic Cemetery-3
Hayes Rittenhouse-1
Hillcrest Afro-American-4
Maple Grove-119
Mt Healthy Evangelical United Brethren-5
Mt Pleasant-34
New Burlington-18
New Haven-16-assigned
Oak Hill-19
Our Lady of Victory-6
Reading Protestant-91
Rose Hill-2
Salem Methodist Episcopal-2
St Aloysius Gonzaga-14-assigned
St Bernard Catholic-4-assigned
St James of White Oak-10
St John the Baptist Catholic Churchyard-2
St John-17
St John Catholic-19
St Michael Catholic-5
St Paul Evangelical-2
St Peter and Paul, Reading-18
St Peter and Paul Old, Reading-2
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran-1
Union Baptist African American-151
United African American-47
United Brethren-2
United Jewish, Clifton-9
United Jewish, Price Hill-10
Van Blaricum, privately owned-4
Vine St Hill-800+ (will have this be a large team project)
Zion United Brethren-7

Think about the cemeteries near you, or ones that you are familiar with and check in with us to volunteer.

If you would like to volunteer please email our coordinator for volunteers on this project, Jane Fitzpatrick, at

Please indicate how you would like to be involved:
  • Volunteer photographer at cemetery (pick one or several)
  • Research our list of soldiers on Find a Grave (and add them to a virtual cemetery)
  • Create memorials or add photos to Find a Grave

There are no deadlines for completion of the project; we’ll just keep moving ahead till we are finished.   

If you have any questions, feel free to email any of us on the Cemetery committee:
Amy Hartman, 
Pam Sattari,
Jane Fitzpatrick,            
Jean Morrison,

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Tracer Wins 2014 NGS Award

The Tracer is this year’s winner of the National Genealogical Society Newsletter Competition in the category of County or Local Genealogical or Historical Society.

As described on the NGS website, “A panel of three judges reviewed two issues of each submitted newsletter on these criteria: material interest, variety and originality; writing and editing quality; readability and attractiveness; and overall publication make-up.”

The judges’ comments included “it was one of the most professional newsletters that they have reviewed,” and “the content was far above any of the other nominations submitted for 2014.”     
The award was presented to Deb Cyprych, editor of The Tracer, at the NGS Conference in the States held in Richmond, Virginia May 7-10. The Tracer was honored with this award in the same location in 2007.

Great Timing!

The June issue of The Tracer is now available on our website in the Members Area. The contents of this issue are:
  • "Cincinnati Boardinghouses: 1819 to 1840"
  • Calendar of Upcoming Events
  • Lineage Societies Deadline and Heritage Luncheon
  • HCGS Publication News
  • Awards Presented at the Annual Seminar
  • HCGS in Kroger Community Rewards
  • New Project to Memorialize Civil War Veterans
  • Preserve the Pensions: $2,360!
  • More Hamilton County Marriage Records Online
  • Hamilton County Records Online at FamilySearch: Update
  • Divorce Records of the Insolvency Court
  • New Members
  • “Early History of Hamilton County—Residents in 1790”
  • Historic Hamilton County Courts and Their Records
  • Public Library Acquisitions
  • Book Reviews: Cincinnati’s Underground Railroad; A City That Sings
  • HCGS Treasurer’s Report, 2013

To read these articles, logon to our website in the Members Area and then click on The Tracer. If your HCGS membership includes printed copies of The Tracer, a copy will arrive soon by USPS mail.