Wednesday, April 25, 2012

It Was a Great Day for HCGS!

Wayne Coates, Hamilton County Recorder, with Jim Dempsey, Director-at-Large HCGS
Photo Credit:  Cincinnati Enquirer, Carrie Cochran, Photographer
Used with Permission

I would be hard-pressed to write a better article than the one already written by Cliff Radel of the Enquirer staff.  You can link to the article here.  As the title suggests, "Unlikely Heroes Keep Veterans' Names Alive."  The unlikely heroes are HCGS members Jim Dempsey and Mary Remler.

I invite you to take a few minutes to read the article and discover how these priceless records, documenting the grave sites of Cincinnati veterans.  

"The books make up a five-volume Works Progress Administration project from 1939 that surveyed all of Hamilton County's cemeteries.  The pages map the grave sites of veterans who fought in wars from 1775 to 1918.  The county planned to scrap the set."
Mary Remler initially saved the books from destruction.  To quote Paul Harvey, Jim's role is "the rest of the story." This is one more great example of the work done by HCGS members to preserve records that future generations will find invaluable. I can't wait to get on the Hamilton County Recorders's website myself and do a little snooping.

Consider leaving a comment in the comment box below.  I'm sure Jim and Mary would love to read your feedback. Just click where it says "comments" and a drop-down box will appear.

Kathy Reed


  1. What can I say except 'Thank you - Thank you - Thank you'. Your efforts and donated hours will be appreciated for eons!

    1. Donna,
      Thanks so much for commenting. Blogs are supposed to be interactive. I'm sure Jim and Mary appreciate your comment.

  2. Comment from Mary Ann Faloon:

    Just thought you’d want to know. In addition to being on the Eastman blog, the article has made it all the way to the Facebook page for the Irish Genealogical Society in Dublin. It was submitted by the Allen County Public Library from Eastman’s.

    Jim, you and Mary are getting a lot of attention for the article. Yes . . . way to go!!


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