Friday, May 15, 2015

Hamilton County Recorder Receives Award of Merit

 Wayne Coates with Jim Dempsey
Award of Merit

On April 18, 2015, Recorder Wayne Coates was honored by the Hamilton County Genealogical Society which presented him with their Award of Merit. Jim Dempsey, Board Member, stated "For his vision to digitize Hamilton County property records for internet access, for the support of digitizing over 800,000 historical records, and his commitment to work with our Society to create digital historic and genealogical indexes, it is our honor and great pleasure to award Wayne Coates, our Chapter‘s highest award, the Award of Merit."

Additional News from the Recorders Office

Jim Dempsey announced that a group of HCGS volunteer indexers have completed a transcription of Deed Index 7, Part 1. It includes about 6,000 deed purchaser surnames. The index can be found on the HCGS website. This, and the previously completed Index 8, are Adobe Acrobat PDF files which are in alphabetical order by buyer surname.

Tech Tip

These PDF files can easily be searched.  Simply click Ctrl-F and a search box will appear on the screen. A search box can be used for any word or part of a word in the transcribed index. In addition, the search box is useful for searching first names, second names, institutions, businesses and partnerships.

These member benefits would not be possible without the dedication of HCGS volunteers. Our thanks to all of them.

Submitted by Jim Dempsey
Photo Credit: John Tholking

Sunday, May 10, 2015

German Genealogy Day at the Kolping Center

Jeff Herbert, Bob Rau and Kenny Burck

Yesterday at the Kolping Center, 86 people showed up to our German Genealogy Day. The day included speakers Jeff Herbert, Bob Rau, and Kenny Burck. In addition to three special talks, attendees were able to enjoy beer, apple strudel, and large German pretzels. It was a great day with a surprise turnout, given that it was a nice spring day.

Thanks are due to the Kolping Society, who graciously co-sponsored the event, and allowed us the use of their facility. The event attracted people from Indiana, Kentucky and even one from New Mexico who was home on a visit. I think everyone who attended had a great time and learned a lot.
What expertise we have in Hamilton County!

You may look at other pictures of the event by clicking on this link.

Submitted by Kathy Reed