Friday, January 5, 2018

Researching Your German Ancestors and Early Hamilton County Ancestors - Jeff Herbert

Weilert's, Over-the-Rhine, 1875
Credit:  Wikipedia
Jeff Herbert, HCGS Treasurer, will help us welcome the new year with two talks.

Date: January 13th, 2018

Time: 1:30 – 4:30

Location: Clifton Library Meeting Room

Start off your new year with Jeff Herbert discussing resources for researching your German and early Hamilton County ancestors. If you’ve ever considered submitting your family’s lineage for inclusion in one of our HCGS Lineage Societies, you may find these topics to be especially helpful.

Topics:  Researching Your German Ancestors – What’s New?
              Researching Early Hamilton County Ancestors

If you’re not familiar with Jeff’s work, you may want to watch three webinars Jeff has done on
“Researching Your German Ancestors Using Newspapers” and “Researching Your German Ancestors Using Church Records.” They can be found in the “Members Only” section of our website.

Submitted by Kathy Reed
Program Director

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Last Chance to Register for Genealogy Courses Offered in January and February

Time is running out to preregister for two education series being offered in January and February. Come warm your hands over the computer keyboard as you learn tips and techniques for effective research in the Genealogy Foundations Series or master land research with the Hands on with Land (HOWL) Series.

Hands on with Land (HOWL) Series, Sunday Afternoons in January
HOWL is now full. If you would like to attend and can use your own laptop, please register. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Register online using the form at All classes are held on Sundays at PLCH Main Library in the 3rd floor computer lab. HOWL gives participants the opportunity to learn about land records while researching their own ancestors. Activities include a mix of personal research and instructional examples. For best results, plan on attending all sessions.

Genealogy Foundations Series in January and February

Genealogy Foundations is now full. If you would like to attend and can use your own laptop, please register. A couple of additional people can be accommodated this way. Foundations is full of tips and techniques to improve your genealogical research and make the most of core genealogical sources. Participants work on their own family in these hands-on sessions. Key resources for 19th and 20th century research will be covered: newspapers, census, published sources, and vital records.

·         January 13, 10:00-12:15 am, Foundations 1
·         January 20, 1:30-4:30 pm, Foundations 2
·         January 27, 1:30-4:30 pm, Foundations 3
·         February 10, 1:30-4:30 pm, Foundations 4
·         February 17, 1:30-4:30 pm, Foundations 5
·         February 24, 1:30-4:30 pm, Snow Make-up Day or Q&A/Bonus Content

For best results, plan on attending all sessions. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Register online using the form at All classes are held on Saturdays at PLCH Main Library in the 3rd floor computer lab.

We look forward to seeing you!

Submitted by Liz Stratton, Educ. Dir., HCGS

Updated: 7 January 2018

Monday, November 27, 2017

Using Tools to Organize Your DNA Results (SWOHDNA)

Southwest Ohio DNA Interest Group (SWOHDNA)
The next meeting of the SWOHDNA is Tuesday, December 12th, at 7:00 PM. As usual, we will be meeting at the MidPointe Library in West Chester.

Speaker: Kelli Bergheimer, Chair of the Central Ohio DNA Interest Group, will be returning for a follow-up to her wonderful October presentation.

Topic: Using Tools to Organize DNA Results

Description:  Now that you have your results, how do you organize them to make the most of the information? Learn how to make your matches work for you. Use tools like Excel and OneNote to get yourself organized and make progress in your search. 

If you missed the October meeting, you may want to watch Kelli’s present on X-Inheritance Patterns. This is a complex topic and the source of confusion for many genetic genealogists. You can watch it at this link:

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

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Webinar: DAR Genealogical Research System with Carla Cegielski

Carla Cegielski

"The DAR Genealogical Research System: A Resource for Everyone"

Carla Cegielski

Wednesday, November 8, 8:00 pm


Are you getting everything you can from the Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Research System (DAR-GRS)? Whether you have a Revolutionary War ancestor or not, the indices and other genealogy resources on the DAR website are invaluable. Many are not available elsewhere.

Carla Cegielski is our tour guide in this webinar that demonstrates effective use of the DAR-GRS. Carla is a full-time family history researcher specializing in Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia research. She provides research services to attorneys, historians, genealogists, hobbyists, and others.

To attend the webinar, register at After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link that will allow you to join the webinar.

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, 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 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