Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cincinnati's Role in the Navy during the Civil War

Our Rivermen Ancestors



I recently had lunch with Gary Johnson who has an interest in Cincinnati’s history as a naval center during the Civil War. You heard that right – we were a naval center. He has been researching this topic for quite a while and has been invited to give presentations on the topic.
I immediately became interested because I knew my gg-uncle, Robert Willis Darby, had served in the Navy at the end of the Civil War. Part of his obituary mentions his service:

R.W. Darby was in River Fighting at Close of Conflict. Robert W. Darby, 81 years old, 726 Whittier Street, last surviving member of the crew of the United States steamer Carondelet, active at the close of the Civil War, died at his home late Saturday. He had been ill several months. At the beginning of the Civil War, Mr. Darby enlisted with the One Hundred and Ninety -- first Ohio Regiment and later became a member of the crew of the Carondelet, operating on the Mississippi River. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, Naval Veterans and Knights of Pythias. Surviving him are five daughters and three sons. Mr. Darby was born in Cincinnati.

Mr. Johnson is interested in speaking with members of the Hamilton County Genealogical Society whose ancestors may have served in the Navy or in the boatbuilding infrastructure of Cincinnati at the time. With enough information, he may write a book. Here is his letter:

I appreciate your offer to communicate with the Hamilton County Genealogical Society to see if your members have ancestors who were involved with the Navy during the Civil War or the Cincinnati area infrastructure that supported the riverboat industry.  Here are some professions who supported the industries below for which there may be some existing histories of the Cincinnati people who did the work.

Riverboat men
  • Steamboat pilots
  • Steamboat engineers
  • Steamboat company owners/operators
Supportive infrastructure for riverboats
  • Boatbuilders/carpenters
  • Foundrymen (iron or brass)
  • Machinists (like Miles Greenwood's Eagle Iron Works, etc.)
  • Boilermakers
  • Iron miners and furnace operators from the Hanging Rock iron area in Ohio
  • Coal miners, coal processors, coal tipples and suppliers who brought the coal to Cincinnati


If you have an ancestor who was a riverboat man, Navy man or worked in related fields, contact Kathy Reed, Program Director at programs@hcgsohio.org. I will get you in touch with Mr. Johnson.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

DNA Ethnicity Estimates - How Reliable Are They?


What: Southwest Ohio DNA Interest Group (SWOHDNA) Presentation
When: Tuesday, June 13th, 7:00 - 8:45 PM
Where: MidPointe Library, West Chester (in person)
Webinar Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2720064606922795010

ancestry.com
One of the main motivations for taking a DNA test is to find out "who we are." We wait with excitement for our results to arrive, only to be disappointed. "I know I'm German, Why doesn't it say that?" "I'm not aware of any Scandinavian ancestry. Why does it have such a high percentage?"

What's worse is that if you've tested with more than one company, the results are not comparable. How can this be? Well, there really is a reason.

Join us for a discussion of what is "real" and "not so real" about these results. Can't make it? Live out-of-town? We are simultaneously presenting this talk as a webinar. In order to participate, you must preregister using this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2720064606922795010
Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation.

Questions? Email Kathy Reed, Program Director at programs@hcgsohio.org.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

"Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: The Google Maps of their Day" with Jill Morelli, CG

Sanborn Fire Map
HCGS is pleased to sponsor a free webinar "Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: The Google Maps of their Day" with Jill Morelli, CG on Jun 6, 2017 8:30 PM EDT. 

Jill Morelli, CG
The Sanborn Fire Insurance maps were generated for insurance purposes between 1880 and 1930. Over 55,000 maps were made of communities large and small from New York City to Ackley, Iowa. These maps are particularly helpful for genealogists tracing a reluctant urban ancestor or for providing historical context to the lives of our ancestors. We will review the history of the maps, how to read the maps and where to find the originals. Various uses of the maps will be illustrated using case studies.

The webinar will be presented by Jill Morelli, CG. A passionate genealogist, Jill Morelli, CG(sm) lectures about her Midwestern, northern German and Scandinavian ancestors nationwide. Her lively presentations on intermediate and advanced methodologies, unique records sets, Scandinavian research and house histories convey information that is readily usable by attendees whatever heir skill level. She blogs about her experiences researching, writing and receiving her credential as a Certified Genealogist at http://genealogycertification.wordpress.com.

Please preregister for the webinar at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Submitted by Liz Stratton, Education Director and Webinar Content Creation Committee member.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Webinars -- A New Member Benefit

Many members of the Hamilton County Genealogical Society do not live in Hamilton County.
The Board is constantly discussing ways to better serve our out-of-town members. To that end, the Board recently approved the purchase of GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar software. Over time, we hope to present several webinars on a variety of topics.

The Southwest Ohio Regional DNA Interest Group (SWOHDNA) used GoToMeeting to record a video on how to use Gedmatch to identify possible cousins. This past week we used the webinar software to record a presentation on the use of DNA to identify the biological family of an adoptee. Fourteen people from as far away as Houston signed up to watch the presentation “live.”

You can find this webinar by clicking on this link: https://vimeo.com/214124083 If you choose to watch this one, try to watch it to the end. You aren't going to believe how this story evolves! It falls into the "truth is stranger than fiction" category.



We’d love to hear from your suggestions for future webinar topics and whether or not you find them valuable. Email Kathy Reed, Program Director at programs@hcgsohio.org or click on "comments" below to post your input.

Submitted by Kathy Reed
Program Director

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Did You Miss the Irish Genealogy Webinars?

Perhaps mid-March found you busy or at work during the time that a series of Irish webinars were broadcast in conjunction with the Fountaindale Public Library. Two speakers from the Ulster Historical Foundation shared their expertise with particular focus on the Scots-Irish from Northern Ireland and the Famine Immigrants. The good news is that these webinars are online and available for you to watch at any time.

To take advantage of this opportunity, click on this link and click on "Webinars."


Scroll down the page until you find the Irish Genealogy series.



Watch them at your leisure. The information is invaluable to those engaged in Irish Genealogy. A donation was made on behalf of HCGS members to the Ulster Historical Foundation, so you can watch them guilt-free! I hope you take advantage of this opportunity.

Submitted by Kathy Reed
HCGS Program Director

Saturday, March 25, 2017

"How Could a City Named 'Porkopolis be Anything but Funny?" by Robert J. Wimberg

This looks to be an entertaining presentation-a perfect outing for April Fool's day!

"Humor in History or How Could a City Nicknamed 'Porkopolis' be Anything but Funny" by Robert J. Wimberg
Saturday, April 1, at 11 am in the Genealogy and Local History Program Space, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Main Library
"From its original name of Losantiville to Mrs. Trollope's Bazaar to August Herrmann's love for wursts, German fried potatoes and baseball, Cincinnati has provided the stuff to make us smile if not burst out laughing.  From a trained bear that escaped the People’s Theater in Over-the-Rhine to beer suds popping sewer lids, our town has hundreds of humorous stories that are a part of its history."
This program is sponsored by the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.