Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Fall Events for HCGS

We have an amazing line-up of fall programs and activities! Check these out, save the dates or pre-register to be certain you don’t miss a thing.

Celebrate the Cincinnati Streetcar Opening, September 10 and 11

Pat VanSkaik will present “It’s a Family Affair: Cincinnati’s Early Streetcar Drivers, Conductors and Mechanics” on September 10, 1 pm, at PLCH Main Library, Reading Garden Lounge. Lives of early drivers, conductors and mechanics will be explored. All of the people featured have descendants living in Cincinnati—one of the descendants is an HCGS board member. You’ll have to attend to learn which one!
On September 11, 2 pm, at PLCH Main Library, Reading Garden Lounge, hear local historian and author, Robert J. Wimberg talk about “Cincinnati Transportation: Past, Present and Future.”

Family History Month Kicks Off with Amie Bowser Tennant

On October 1, 10 am to 3 pm at Main Library, the annual “Ask the Experts” Day will take place. Amie Bowser Tennant, nationally acclaimed speaker and content creator for the podcast Genealogy Gems will present Have You Seen Me? Missing Persons and Proof of Parentage at 11 am and Using Social Media to Break through Brick Walls at 2:00 pm. From noon to 2:00 pm, there will be free one-on-one consultations provided by over 20 experts, with specializations ranging from ethnic genealogy to court records.

Finding Your German Ancestral Origins

Monday October 3, 7 pm, Madeira Branch Library
Bob Brodbeck will present a review of the basic research steps and types of data typically needed for finding the origins of your German immigrant ancestors, along with a couple of research examples.  Talk is one hour including Q&A. For beginners to intermediate.

Finding and Using Genealogy Resources

This session is perfect for the genealogist just getting started doing research or who wishes to learn more about genealogical resources that are available locally. The same program is available at multiple branch locations:
October 3, 6 pm, Mariemont Branch Library
October 12, 6 pm, Westwood Branch Library
October 24, 7 pm, Blue Ash Branch Library

Pre-registration is Now Open—Land and Estate Series

Pre-registration is now open for the popular land and estate education series on November 5, 19 and December 3 in PLCH Main, 3rd Floor Computer Lab. Space is limited so preregister early to ensure you have a space. Further information and a link to the registration form can be found on our website:
Land Class information and preregistration:
Estate Class information and preregistration:
You can also register by calling 513-443-2708. If there is no answer, please leave a message with your preferences for dates, times and classes. Provide a phone number so that your registration can be confirmed.

Advanced Genealogy Forum (AGF)

AGF is a peer-led discussion group that meets bi-monthly to discuss journal articles, advanced methodology and complex records. The forum is open to anyone willing to read the articles and contribute to the discussion. Articles and more details are on the website:
September 17, 9:30 am-11:30 am, PLCH Main, Room 3A, Kentucky Research
November 5, 9:00 am-10:45 am, PLCH Main, Room 3B, Ancestral Origins—Focus on Germany

SW Ohio DNA Interest Group

A new regional DNA interest group for southwest Ohio will have its first meeting at 7:00 pm on October 17 at the Mid-Pointe Library in West Chester, OH. More information about this group is in August Tracer on the website. Those who have registered for this Interest Group will receive a letter soon with details. To register, email

2016 Heritage Luncheon: Whitewater Shaker Village 

Clovernook Country Club, 2035 West Galbraith Rd., North College Hill 45239, October 22, 10:45 am
Save the date. Check the HCGS website Events for more information on the annual Heritage Luncheon, including a link to the flyer and registration form.

Genealogy Lock-In at the Main Library

Join fellow genealogists on October 29, 6:30 – 11:30 pm, PLCH Main, for an after-hours research event. During the lock-in, optional mini-tech instructional sessions will be offered. Pre-registration is required.

Hamilton County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 15865
Cincinnati, OH 45215-0865
Voice mail: 513-956-7078

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