Sunday, July 21, 2019

Using the Lazarus Project to Break Down Brick Walls - Kelli Bergheimer


The next meeting of the Southwest Ohio DNA Interest Group will be held on August 13th. The above image was copied from the HCGS July issue of the Gazette. Kelli Bergheimer has once again agreed to come from Columbus and share some of the new information that is available on Gedmatch.

Please make sure you are aware of other upcoming events. Shelley Bishop will be presenting a workshop on how to share your family research in a variety of creative ways. Information is available on the HCGS website under "Events" It also contains a link to a blog post with more details. Members will be sent a direct email during the week of 7-21.  I hope many of you can make it there. Reservations are required!

Enjoy the rest of your summer.

Kathy Reed
dna.interest@hcgsohio.org

Friday, July 19, 2019

How to Share Your Family History -- with Shelley Bishop


What:   Honoring Your Past with a Gift to the Future
             A Writing Workshop led by Shelley Bishop
When:  Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 11:00 - 4:00
Where: SymmesTownship Library
             11850 Enyart Rd,
             Loveland, Ohio  45140

RESERVATION REQUIRED

It's almost here! If you are typical, you've probably collected a lot of research, but are probably overwhelmed with the thought of preserving it and putting in a format that can be shared with others. If this describes you, you may want to attend an event that promises to provide you with many possibilities for getting your research "out of the cabinet."

Shelley, a nationally-recognized speaker, specializes in family history research in Ohio, as well as writing about topics of genealogical interest for magazines and journals. Here is a broad outline of the day:

Session 1: Writing to Preserve Your Family History

Lunch: Following lunch, you will have the opportunity to see samples of a variety of ways our members have shared their family histories through books, blogs, journal articles, etc.

Session 2: There are many ways to share your family history. Shelley will discuss several options.

Session 3: In this day of online publishing, Shelley will discuss her use of MyCanvas as a tool for sharing her research with family members. She will provide tips on how to engage your reader and keep them wanting more.

Additional Information:

  • Attendance is limited to the first 75 registrants.
  • Lunch is optional -- you may choose to bring your own. If you are an HCGS member, you will receive an email with the reservation form. Otherwise, it will soon be linked to the Events section on our website at http://hcgsohio.org.
  • The library requests that you park at Symmes Elementary (next door) as there is limited parking in their lot. 
  • It is suggested that you dress in layers, as the meeting room has been known to get cold.
  • All orders for lunch MUST be placed by Monday, August 12th. Checks must be received by that date.

Questions? Contact Kathy Reed, Director At Large dna.interest@hcgsohio.org

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

German Resource - Ortssippenbücher


Have you heard of Ortssippenbücher? A recent guest post on the SK Translations blog (link below) from Scott Holl, manager of History & Genealogy at St. Louis County Library in St. Louis, Missouri, explains these books. These German community based family books include genealogical information about residents of a specific village or parish, generally from surviving local church records. Some begin as early as the mid-1500s and run through about 1900. If you find one for your ancestor’s village, they can be a great resource.

Another great resource is the SK Translations website. Katharine Schober, a professional translator, offers a newsletter with translation tips and German research sources I have found useful. You can read the Ortssippenbücher article and find out more about SK Translations newsletter at Katharine’s website https://sktranslations.com/. Find out what these books are, where you can find them, and how to use them in your research!

Here's an example from Archive.org of the Ortsippenbuch Schmieheim (Baden).

(Note: Neither the author or HCGS has any relationship with Katherine Schober or SK Translations. As an avid researcher with multiple (7 at last count) German family lines, she passes along useful resources from time to time.)

Friday, June 14, 2019

New Date!!

Cincinnati Roman Catholic Records Talk RESCHEDULED!!!

What: Researching Roman Catholic Church Records
When: Thursday, July 11th, 2019, 7:00 pm
Where: Kolping Center, 10235 West Mill Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45231
Directions: Map to the Kolping Center.
Who:  Jeff Herbert, HCGS Treasurer

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati Roman Catholic sacramental records have recently been released through Findmypast. Transcripts are currently available and record images will be posted in the future. 

On July 11th, Jeff Herbert will discuss effective use of these records for researching your Hamilton County ancestors.  Tips will include how to navigate through the records in Latin, the prevalence of ethnic parishes in the 19th Century, and strategies for using information contained in these records to overcome those difficult family research barriers.

St. Francis Xavier Church
Traditionally ethnic Irish Church
Old St. Mary Church
Traditionally ethnic German
An example of a Hamilton County Irish family will demonstrate the use of all available resources to successfully trace the family back into their ancestral homeland in Ireland.

This event is free of charge and no registration is required. Beer, soft drinks and snacks will be available.

Submitted by Kathy Reed
Director-at-Large


Photo Credits:  Wikimedia Commons, Old St. Mary Church bulletin

Monday, May 27, 2019

Talk has been postponed!!! PLEASE READ and SPREAD THE WORD!

Cincinnati Roman Catholic Records Unleashed


What: Researching Roman Catholic Church Records
When: Thursday, July 11th,2019, 7:00 pm
Where: Kolping Center, 10235 West Mill Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45231
Who:  Jeff Herbert, HCGS Treasurer

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati Roman Catholic sacramental records have recently been released through Findmypast. Transcripts are currently available and record images will be posted in the future. 

On July 11th, Jeff Herbert will discuss effective use of these records for researching your Hamilton County ancestors.  Tips will include how to navigate through the records in Latin, the prevalence of ethnic parishes in the 19th Century, and strategies for using information contained in these records to overcome those difficult family research barriers.

St. Francis Xavier Church
Traditionally ethnic Irish Church
Old St. Mary Church
Traditionally ethnic German
An example of a Hamilton County Irish family will demonstrate the use of all available resources to successfully trace the family back into their ancestral homeland in Ireland.

This event is free of charge and no registration is required. Beer, soft drinks and snacks will be available.

Submitted by Kathy Reed
Director-at-Large


Photo Credits:  Wikimedia Commons, Old St. Mary Church bulletin

Saturday, May 18, 2019

The Secrets Revealed by DNA - SWOHDNA Video Release





On April 9th, Natalie Boyer spoke to the members of the Southwest Ohio DNA Interest Group.We had the chance to take a step beyond the science of DNA and explore its application. Natalie told us that, at the age of 13, her mother let her know that the "Dad" who was raising her was her adoptive father. Her mother also let her know who her biological father was. The surprise came later when a DNA test proved that that man was not, in fact, her father. Hence, the "three Dads."


As the story unfolded, one story led to another -- and that led to yet another! Natalie had to use autosomal, mitochodrial and Y-DNA to put together all of the pieces of the puzzle.

We are happy to announce that this presentation is now online. Please excuse the audio which is a little out of sync. I promise you that you will be entertained. Who knew that so many brick walls can be knocked down if you have the skill to utilize the various types of DNA. 

Click on the link: https://vimeo.com/335981997 to view. This video can also be found on our chapter's YouTube channel.

Submitted by:  Kathy Reed
SWOHDNA