Monday, May 14, 2018

Genealogy Foundations Series-Register Today!

Stranded? At the end of the road? The Genealogy Foundations series is a multi-class series that lays the foundation for effective family research. Learn search strategies to locate your ancestor's records regardless of how their name was spelled, transcribed, garbled, or misread. Improve your research skills and methodology while exploring a few key resources: census, newspapers, vital records and their substitutes, published genealogies and histories. Build a bridge to the past based on a firm footing.

All sessions are held in the 3rd floor computer lab at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Branch, 800 Vine Street. Space is limited and preregistration is required.  A registration form can be found at  For best results, plan on attending all sessions. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Stratton.

Session 1, May 19, 10 AM to 12:30 PM*, “What’s in a Name?” 
Session 2, June 2, 1 PM to 4 PM, “Making Sense of the Census” 
Session 3, June 9, 1 PM to 4 PM, “Extra! Extra! Read all about your Ancestors in the News” 
Session 4, June 23, 1 PM to 4 PM, “It’s Vital to Find Births, Marriages and Deaths” 
Session 5, June 30, 1 PM to 4 PM, “Published Genealogies and Histories, and Cousin Connections”
*The first session will be held in the morning. If you are unable to attend, please let Liz know and she will make alternate arrangements to get you the course materials.

Friday, May 11, 2018

They Survived the Johnstown Flood?! How to Reconstruct Your Ancestors' Stories with Sunny Morton

Second St. East from Walnut, Cincinnati, Ohio, during the Great Flood, April 1913, postcard (Cincinnati: Kraemer Art Co., 1913); image ocp001189pcpfb, "Greater Cincinnati Memory Project," Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Digital Library ( : 2018). Reproduced with permission of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
1907, 1913, 1937, .... What Cincinnati floods did your ancestor survive?

Sunny Morton's ancestors survived the Johnstown Flood. Learn how Sunny researched in a variety of sources to uncover a heroic rescue, a love story, and a 30-foot wall of water. Sunny will demonstrate how to reconstruct fascinating experiences from your own family history.

Sunny Morton is an internationally-known, award-winning genealogy writer, editor, and speaker. She will be presenting this lecture live from a remote location. There will be an opportunity to ask questions following her presentation.

When: Saturday, May 12, 10:30-11:45 am
Where: North Central Branch, PLCH, 11109 Hamilton Avenue

For more information, see our website, .

Thursday, March 29, 2018

What's New in German Genealogy? by Jeff Herbert

On March 3rd, Jeff Herbert, HCGS Treasurer and Author, presented a talk on  "What's New in German Genealogy." Eighty people attended this event held at the Kolping Society. In addition, he also did a presentation discussing how to research ancestors who may have arrived in Hamilton County before 1850.

The presentation on German Genealogy has now been produced in a video with some modifications. The video format enables viewers to look at the material at a comfortable pace and review the wealth of information and websites provided.

You can view the video by clicking on this link. In the future, we hope to provide you with a link to the talk about researching Hamilton County residents pre-1850.

Due to the popularity of this event, Jeff has graciously agreed to repeat these talks at the October "Ask the Experts" Day held in conjunction with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Submitted by: Kathy Reed
Program Director

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Southwest Ohio DNA Interest Group Update

On February 13th at 7:00 pm, SWOHDNA held its bimonthly meeting at the MidPointe Library in West Chester. The presentation at this meeting revisited Gedmatch. We explored some of the topics at a more in-depth level, including Tier 1 Tools that are only available with a $10 fee. We also explored the use of Gedcoms as an additional tool for identifying those elusive cousin relationships. You can view a tape of the meeting at this link.

The next meeting is scheduled for April 10, 2018 at the MidPointe Library. We will discuss This is NOT to be confused with a gedcom, which is a file that allows for the exchange of genealogical data from that was saved in different programs.

Their website defines the program as follows:

The program is actually 7 or 8 programs in one. It does cost $5.00 per month to use it. You can register in advance and explore some of the features.

Think spring and we will see you then.

Submitted by Kathy Reed
Note new email address.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Preregister Now: 2018 Annual Seminar with Michael L. Strauss, AG

Michael L. Strauss, AG

2018 Annual Seminar

Michael L. Strauss, AG

April 7, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

There's still time to preregister for the annual seminar on April 7, 2018. Preregistration is required and will close on March 28th. Preregistration is available online or print out and mail in the registration form, Annual Seminar Brochure and Registration Form.

Michael L. Strauss is the annual seminar speaker and will entertain us with a broad range of topics. Learn about life for early American women and their struggle for rights. Genealogical records from the anti-slavery, temperance and suffrage movement will be covered. For Revolutionary War ancestors, learn about the records created including those of smaller conflicts that continued after the war ended. Often overshadowed by the Revolutionary War, discover ancestral records created by service in the War or 1812. The day will end with tips and techniques for researching black sheep ancestors.
Carlisle Barracks

Women's Suffrage: Their Rights, Roles, and Limitations

Researching your Revolutionary War Ancestors

Free Trade and Sailor's Rights: War of 1812 Ancestors

Prisoners, Thieves, and Scoundrels: Black Sheep Ancestors

Michael lectures widely throughout the United States and is on the faculty of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. He was the film historian and genealogist for the documentary "Finding Vivian Maier," a 2015 Documentary Oscar nominee.
Mill Race Banquet Center
The annual seminar is held at the Mill Race Banquet Center in Winton Woods Park. Admission to the park and parking is included with your registration. The center is accessible with ample parking. A continental breakfast and buffet lunch will be provided.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

SWOHDNA - Gedmatch - A Deep Dive

Gedmatch Output
What: Meeting of the Southwest Ohio DNA Interest Group (SWOHDNA)
When: 7:00 - 8:45 PM, Tuesday, February 13th
Who: Kathy Reed
Topic: Gedmatch - A Deep Dive

Last April, the Southwest Ohio DNA Interest Group had a session on how to analyze autosomal DNA results using Gedmatch. If you missed it, you can see thee video here. Members were encouraged to upload their autosomal results, regardless of testing company, to and experiment with some of the tools. Users should be cautioned that any other Gedmatch user can compare their kit to yours. It has the advantage of allowing you to see chromosome by chromosome how you match other users.

The April presentation was an overview of the available tools. At this session, we hope to demonstrate more of the tools in a live presentation. Included will be a discussion of the Tier 1 tools and an explanation of the new Genesis Beta feature.

To take full advantage of the session, consider uploading your autosomal results to the website in advance of the meeting. You may want to bring your laptop. As this is not a powerpoint presentation, there should be plenty of time to discuss individual questions.

We hope to see you there.

Submitted by Kathy Reed