Monday, October 7, 2019
After a three-year closure while the Cincinnati Museum Center underwent a complete renovation, many patrons anxiously awaited the reopening of the Cincinnati History Library and Archives (CHLA). Now a few months in, the staff of the library has graciously agreed to host two tours of the new facility. Visitors will learn of the many resources available to them and get tips on how best to access them.
Both tours require a reservation and are limited to 20 people each. Complete the reservation form https://hcgsohio.org/cpage.php?pt=197
and select your preferred date. Once the tours are filled, you will be put on a waiting list for possible future tours based on demand.
To learn more about the library, visit their website:
Submitted by: Kathy Reed
Monday, September 30, 2019
Wednesday, October 2nd is the last day to make a reservation for this year's Heritage Luncheon! It will be held on Saturday October 12th. Clovernook County Club will again be our venue. This year marks the 200th anniversary of Ohio Medical College (University of Cincinnati.) With this in mind, our speaker will again be interpreter, Joyce Browning, this time as "Mary Cunningham, the Body Snatcher's wife." It is a funny/sad tale of how the earliest doctors became educated. Ms. Browning plays an amazing role!
Registration opens at 10:45 a.m. New member recognition will begin at 11:30 with a welcome and the presentation of awards. Lunch will be served at noon followed by Ms. Browning’s program. Reservations are required with payment and are due by 2 October 2019. The reservation form for the Heritage Luncheon is available:
Saturday, September 28, 2019
What: Meeting of the Southwest Ohio DNA Interest Group (SWOHDNA)
Where: West Chester Mid-Pointe Library
Who: Guest Speaker - Kelli Bergheimer
When: Tuesday, October 8th
Time: 7:00 - 8:45 pm
At this next meeting, Kelli Bergheimer will lead us in a discussion about some of the timely issues facing genetic genealogists. Topics discussed will include the reliability of DNA testing, ethics and privacy concerns. We will learn about the laws and terms of service that apply to this ever-changing field. Catch up on the DNA cases making the news.
In addition, Kathy Reed will discuss a proposed study that she plans to use as the basis of lectures for the PALAM Conference – Palatines to America National Conference (June 17-20, 2020) https://www.palam.org/ and possibly the IGGP – International German Genealogy Partnership Conference (July 16-18, 2021) https://iggpartner.org/index.php. The focus of these talks will be on making DNA connections between Americans of German descent and their German ancestors. Find out how you can play a role. Don't have German ancestors? No problem. The techniques used will be applicable to any family study regardless of ethnicity.
We hope to see you at what promises to be a very interesting meeting. This meeting is especially appropriate for those new to DNA testing.
Submitted by Kathy Reed
Friday, September 27, 2019
On September 7th, Nancy Chouteau did a presentation on the use of a variety of social media tools for genealogy. Nancy also provided attendees with a list of links to some of the valuable online resources she has used. The list has been posted on the HCGS website:
You can view the video at this link: https://vimeo.com/361203412 or on the Hamilton County Genealogical Society YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEHdY_xOeww.
Thursday, September 26, 2019
This is the 30th Anniversary Year for Our Heritage Month
Since October 1989, German-American Heritage Month has been sponsored in the Ohio Valley by the German-American Citizens’ League, which was founded in 1895. The month is centered around October 6th, which was the day in 1683 when the first permanent German settlement was established in Germantown, Pennsylvania. October is also Family History Month.
September 27, 2019 - (Friday) - German Heritage Month Kick-off Party at the Sam Adams Taproom in Over-the-Rhine (OTR) - 1727 Logan Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 - 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.
October 2, 2019 - (Wednesday) - Northern Kentucky University (Sponsored by the Department of World Languages and Literatures) - “German Immigration, Settlement and Influences in the Greater Cincinnati Area” - Presented by Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann - 3:30 p.m.
October 5, 2019 - (Saturday) - Downtown Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County at 8th & Vine Streets - Annual Genealogy Fair with various groups including the Germany Genealogy Interest Group where you can ask the experts German Genealogy questions and help you trace your German roots - 11:00 to 3:00 p.m. (German genealogy questions answered noon to 2:00 p.m.)
October 6, 2019 - (Sunday) - German-American Day
October 10, 2019 - (Thursday) - Covington (KY) Library (Local History Department), 502 Scott Blvd., Covington, KY 41071 - “Finding and Translating German Church Records and Newspaper Articles” - Presented by Kenton County Library staff Cierra Earl and Abby Carney - 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (Registration required at www.kentonlibrary.org/events or 859-962-4070)
October 12, 2019 - (Saturday) - Mother of God Cemetery, 3125 Madison Avenue, Ft. Wright, KY 41015 - “A Biographical Walking Tour of the Mother of God Cemetery” - Presented by the Local History & Genealogy staff of the Kenton County Library - (Learn about the German Catholic people and families who shaped the history of Northern Kentucky. Comfortable walking shoes are encouraged) - 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
October 13 & 20 & 27, 2019 - (Sundays) - Visit the German Heritage Museum at West Fork Park in Green Township at 4764 West Fork Road, located off North Bend Road in Monfort Heights - (phone museum on this day only after 1:00 p.m. at 598-5732 for directions if needed) from 1 to 5 p.m. (The Museum is closed October 6, 2019, please attend the Donauschwaben Oktoberfest in Colerain Township October 4, 5, & 6)
October 13, 2019 - (Sunday) - German Heritage Museum at West Fork Park in Green Township at 4764 West Fork Road, located off North Bend Road in Monfort Heights - (phone museum on this day only after 1:00 p.m. at 598-5732 for directions if needed) - Museum open 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and attendance is free - “Gerhard Lammers: German Immigrant Church Painter in Cincinnati” - Presented by Dann Woellert - 2:00 p.m.
October 19, 2019 - (Saturday) - James A. Ramage Civil War Museum, 1402 Highland Avenue, Ft. Wright, KY 41011 - “Cincinnati Germans in the Civil War: The 9th Ohio Volunteer Infantry” - Presented by Andrew Houghtaling - 1:00 p.m.
October 20, 2019 - (Sunday) - German Heritage Museum at West Fork Park in Green Township at 4764 West Fork Road, located off North Bend Road in Monfort Heights - (phone museum on this day only after 1:00 p.m. at 598-5732 for directions if needed) - Museum open 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and attendance is free - “German Heritage Book Talk & Signing with Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann” - 2:00 p.m.
October 23, 2019 - (Wednesday) - Erlanger Brach of the Kenton County (KY) Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger, KY 41018, in the Twain/Clemens Combined Meeting Room - “Lunch and Learn: German Immigration to Greater Cincinnati” - Presented by Dave Schroeder, Executive Director of the Kenton County Public Library - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Registration required at www.kentonlibrary.org,events or 859-962-4070)
October 24, 2019 - (Thursday) - Covington (KY) Library (Local History Department), 502 Scott Blvd., Covington, KY 41071 - “Finding and Translating German Church Records and Newspaper Articles” - Presented by Kenton County Library staff Cierra Earl and Abby Carney - 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (Registration required at www.kentonlibrary.org/events or 859-962-4070)
October 27, 2019 - (Sunday) - German Heritage Museum at West Fork Park in Green Township at 4764 West Fork Road, located off North Bend Road in Monfort Heights - (phone museum on this day only after 1:00 p.m. at 598-5732 for directions if needed) - Museum open 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and attendance is free - “Cincinnati’s Berlin Wall Memorial in a German-American Context” - Dr. Richard E. Schade - 2:00 p.m.
Submitted by Kenny Burck
Call Kenny Burck for any other details at 513-260-0238
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Hamilton County Genealogical Society presents:
Introduction to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Sacramental Records on Findmypast, by Julie Ross
Date: Saturday, September 28
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Symmes Township Library, 11850 Enyart Rd, Loveland, OH 45140 (map)
Cost: FREE, but RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED
Capacity: Seating is limited to 75 people.
Parking: Please park in the elementary school parking lot next door to the library. The library has a small parking lot which is reserved for regular library patrons.
Genealogists have waited a long time for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Sacramental records to be available online. Earlier this year, Findmypast (FMP) released transcriptions of some digitized records on their website. Images are now available too.
Julie Ross has volunteered at The Archdiocese of Cincinnati Archives for years, fulfilling hundreds of genealogy research requests. Julie has been very successful in finding elusive ancestors and is the perfect person to teach us how to navigate this new record set on FMP. Julie will do a live demonstration on how to find Catholic baptism, marriage, and burial records for Southwest Ohio families on FMP. She will also discuss tips, tricks, limitations and work-arounds. FMP subscribers, bring your laptops/tablets for hands-on practice. For non-FMP subscribers, you may wish to take advantage of FMP’s free 14-day trial at https://www.findmypast.com/
free-trial to participate with your device during the program.
We hope you join us on September 28 for what promises to be very helpful instruction. Reserve your spot today!
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
On August 13th, Kelli Bergheimer did a presentation for the Southwest Ohio DNA Interest Group.
As a group, we frequently discuss some of the tools that are part of Gedmatch.com. Although many of the tools are free, other tools are available with a Tier 1 membership at a cost of $10.00 per month.
One such tool is called the "Lazarus" tool. This tool allows you to use the DNA of relatives of a given ancestor, such as a grandparent, to construct a kit for that untested person. Kelli explains how this can be a "work in progress" until 1500 cM of DNA have been collected. This new kit can then be used to find additional matches within the Gedmatch database. It is a fascinating tool, and Kelli discussed several techniques for identifying potential matches that can be used in creating a new kit.
The video presentation is now available on the this link, on the HCGS site, or on YouTube. Be sure to check it out.
Submitted by Kathy Reed