Thursday, May 30, 2013

John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail

If you haven't heard the "buzz" about John H. Morgan and his raid into Indiana and Ohio in July 1863, you certainly will. Signs are going up all over Hamilton County in preparation for the 150th anniversary. The library is sponsoring a talk at the Main Library on Saturday, June 1st at 2:00 PM. Although this program is not sponsored by HCGS, genealogists and historians will definitely enjoy this talk. Several of us attended the same talk when David Mowery presented at the Deer Park Branch library. I promise you that you will not be disappointed. Here is a copy of the flyer that the library has created for this event. Hope to see you there.

Submitted by Kathy Reed

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Finding Your Ancestors in Federal Court Records

If you are like me, you are unaware of the genealogical resources that are available to us because the U.S. District Court is located in Cincinnati. Additionally, you may not be aware that we are privileged to have a member, Pam Schaffner, who is the District Court Librarian. Earlier this month we were fortunate to have a talk presented by Pam at the Main Library.

Pam led us through the complicated history of the District Courts as our young country struggled to define legal jurisdiction at the same time that we were rapidly adding states. She gave us an overview of the kinds of cases that have been decided by the Circuit Courts.

Many of us were surprised to find out that the Court has some naturalization records. After a period of time, all records stored locally are forwarded to the NARA for permanent storage.In the process of preparing for this talk, Pam discovered some long-forgotten records that should have been forwarded to NARA but were still housed here.

Pam brought the resources of the District Court alive by referring to a famous Cincinnati case that involved our own local bootlegger, George Remus. There are several books available on  Amazon that discuss this colorful citizen of Price Hill.
One interesting point was that George Remus acted as his own attorney in a case where he claimed to be not guilty by reason of insanity. What's even more insane as that he won the case! The citizens of Cincinnati did not seem to take kindly to any efforts aimed at limiting their beer consumption.

Pam Schaffner
There is no way I can do justice to the wealth of information provided by Pam that day. Luckily for us, she is  a member, local, and runs the Circuit Court Library. If you have questions about these resources, I suggest you visit her blog, Digging Down East, and leave a comment. After all, bloggers love comments!

Submitted by Kathy Reed

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Finding Your Ancestors in Federal Court Records

HCGS Chapter member, Pam Schaffner, will be the speaker for our May meeting at the Main Library on Saturday, May 11th. Pam works as the librarian for the U.S. Court of Appeals and can make us aware of the treasures that may be a part of this little-known resource. She will feature the case of bootlegger, George Remus. Mark your calendar for what I am sure will be a wonderful program.