Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cincinnati As a Navy Town - Cincinnati in the Civil War, November 18th, 1:00 PM, Main Library

In previous articles published in the Gazette and The Tracer, members were invited to submit stories of their ancestors who served in the Navy or related industry in Cincinnati during the Civil War. We were surprised at the response. This led our speaker, Gary Johnson, to search out genealogical records that would document their service and benefit other members who may be interested in researching their ancestor. 

Gary Johnson has documented more than 3000 people who enlisted in the Navy out of Cincinnati during the Civil War. Although 625 miles from blue water, the US Navy was a significant presence in Cincinnati during the Civil War.  Cincinnati had a long history of experienced rivermen and major steamboat infrastructure to support modifying steamboats into warships suited for fighting in the shallow water rivers of the west.  Armed and armored steam boats were needed to support Grant and Sherman as they recaptured the Mississippi River from the Confederacy.  Lightly armored "tinclad" steamboats then helped keep the rivers open.  Some 3300 Ohioans served in the Navy, many recruited at the Public Landing. 

Mark your calendar and plan on attending what promises to be a great program honoring our Navy Veterans from the Civil War.  If you don't have an ancestor who served, you will get great examples of some of the genealogical records that are available to the researcher interested in Navy and/or Civil War history. 

                                   The USS Rattler (tinclad #1) Cincinnati built and modified

Submitted by Kathy Reed
Program Director

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Migrations To and Through the Old Northwest Territory - Webinar by Dr. David McDonald

Were you unable to attend our HCGS Event with Dr. David McDonald on September 16th? Fortunately, David agreed to let us share his third talk with members of our society. It is now posted on our website, http://hcgsohio.org. Sign into the Members Only are and choose “Videos, members-only” as pictured below.

Submitted by: Kathy Reed
Program Director

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Understanding X-Inheritance Patterns - SWOHDNA - October 10th, 7:00 PM - MidPointe Library

Kelli Bergheimer
Do you know that x-chromosomes have different inheritance patterns than other DNA? Learn about the differences in x-chromosome inheritance in men and women. We will learn about DNA recombination. We will talk about using fan charts to narrow down which ancestor may or may not have contributed to your x-DNA. Then we will talk about how to use this information within GedMatch to find our largest segment matches on the x-chromosome and how to organize the results using spreadsheets.


Kelli Bergheimer is a writer, teacher, and editor. Kelli holds a Bachelor’s in Biology, a Master’s in Education: Curriculum and Instruction, and a Master’s in Business Management. Kelli is a math and science editor for Smart Education—a K-12 textbook company located in Dubai writing textbooks for the MENA region—Middle East Northern Africa. Kelli runs two small businesses—Geo-Centric Learning and Mess on the Desk, a genealogical organization company with an accompanying blog, YouTube channel, and online store. Kelli is the Central Ohio DNA Interest Group facilitator. Kelli is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speaker's Guild.

Want to be better prepared?

Read Chapter 7 from Blaine Bettinger's book The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy pp. 123-136. The chapter is entitled "X-Chomosomal (X-DNA) Testing. You can also go to http://GedTree.com and create an X-inheritance chart for both females and males. Basic charts are free of charge.

Submitted by: Kathy Reed
Co-Chair, Southwest Ohio DNA Interest Group

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Annual Heritage Luncheon Scheduled for Saturday, October 21st

You can make a reservation in one of two ways:
1) Go to the September Tracer mailed to you or posted electronically in the Members Area of the website. The registration form is on the last page.

Fill it in and mail it to: HCGS, P.O. Box 15865, Cincinnati, OH  45215.

2) To reserve using Paypal, click on the link: http://tinyurl.com/HeritageLuncheon2017

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Come celebrate with us our newest First Families, Settlers and Builders, and Century Families inductees.

Submitted by:  Kathy Reed
Member, Heritage Committee

Friday, September 15, 2017

Day with the Genealogy Experts - October 7th, Main Library

October is Family History Month! It's the most wonderful time of the year. Mark your calendar for the all-day event at the Main Library. In addition to Debra Dudek, who will be speaking on resources for your English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish ancestors, she will also discuss our UK ancestors who may have run afoul of the law. There will be free consultations provided by 20 experts from noon - 2:00 PM. Interested in the Genealogy Lock-In? Make sure you make a reservation for this very popular program on October 21st. 

Submitted by:
Kathy Reed, Program Director

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

HCGS Estate Records Series: Registration is Open!

With more and more estate records available on FamilySearch and Ancestry, there is no better time to learn how to use these valuable records. The "Estate Records Series" consists of three hands-on workshops. Sessions include time to research your own ancestors. For best results plan to attend all sessions. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Register online at https://goo.gl/MMgB2C or email Education@hcgsohio.org

Except as noted, all sessions will be held in the 3rd floor computer lab behind the Genealogy and Local History Department at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Branch, 800 Vine.

Sunday, September 10, 1:30-3:30 pm"Where There's a Will, There's a Way"  
Wills often include a wealth of genealogical information by identifying married names of daughters, establishing parentage and migration routes. Learn where to find wills and how to get the most from them. Discover how to use wills as a stepping stone to further research.
Sunday, September 17, 1:30-3:30 pm, "Even is there is no Will, There's a Way"    
Learn to locate wills that have not been made available online or on microfilm. Explore the many documents created during the estate settlement process. Discover how to locate estate records even when there is no will.
Sunday, September 24, 1:30-3:30 pm, "Getting the Most from Estate Records" 
Learn how to use estate records to discover relationships, birth dates and death dates even when they are not directly stated. Understand regional and historic variations in inheritance law and their impact on women’s inheritance.

If you have any questions, contact Liz Stratton at Education@hcgsohio.org.

Submitted by Liz Stratton, Education Director, HCGS

Monday, July 17, 2017

The 2017-18 Kick-Off Event - Nationally-Recognized Speaker Rev. David McDonald - September 16th

It's never too early to think "fall." We are going to begin the new genealogical season with an event at the Kolping Center. Note: This location is different from the previously-announced location. Reservations Required.

It is our pleasure to introduce you to Rev. David McDonald. He recently held a week-long institute at GRIP (Geneaological Research Institute of Pittsburgh) on the Northwest Territories. As an ordained minister, Rev. McDonald has also developed expertise in the use of religious records for genealogical use.

9:45 – 10:00 Check-in
10:00 – 11:00 Session 1
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:15 Session 2
12:15 – 1:00 Time for snacks, drinks and socialization.
1:00 – 2:15 Session 3 – including time for questions.

The following topics will be discussed:

Session 1: Primer on Religious Records and Jewish Resources Session 

Conversation and consideration of various types of religious records and their utility to genealogists as tools to advance your research. Special focus on realities and records for Jewish research.

Session 2: Catholic and Protestant Churches and Their Records 

  • Catholic records with emphasis on German Catholic churches.
  • German Protestant churches with emphasis on records likely to be accessible to advance your research.
Session 3: Migration To and Through the Old Northwest Territory.

America's westward expansion began with the Northwest Territory, which included what would become the state of Ohio. We will consider the native peoples and early explorers, migratory paths to and through the region, and the land platting systems in-play when researching the area. 

You will be able to purchase soft-dough pretzels, condiments and struedel, as well as beer, wine, liquor, soft drinks and coffee during the breaks and lunch.


The last time we met at this venue, we almost exceeded the capacity. To avoid this issue, reservations are required. There is no cost for the event. You can reserve by completing and submitting  the online form linked below.



Submitted by Kathy Reed

Program Director