Sunday, July 21, 2019

Using the Lazarus Project to Break Down Brick Walls - Kelli Bergheimer

The next meeting of the Southwest Ohio DNA Interest Group will be held on August 13th. The above image was copied from the HCGS July issue of the Gazette. Kelli Bergheimer has once again agreed to come from Columbus and share some of the new information that is available on Gedmatch.

Please make sure you are aware of other upcoming events. Shelley Bishop will be presenting a workshop on how to share your family research in a variety of creative ways. Information is available on the HCGS website under "Events" It also contains a link to a blog post with more details. Members will be sent a direct email during the week of 7-21.  I hope many of you can make it there. Reservations are required!

Enjoy the rest of your summer.

Kathy Reed

Friday, July 19, 2019

How to Share Your Family History -- with Shelley Bishop

What:   Honoring Your Past with a Gift to the Future
             A Writing Workshop led by Shelley Bishop
When:  Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 11:00 - 4:00
Where: SymmesTownship Library
             11850 Enyart Rd,
             Loveland, Ohio  45140


It's almost here! If you are typical, you've probably collected a lot of research, but are probably overwhelmed with the thought of preserving it and putting in a format that can be shared with others. If this describes you, you may want to attend an event that promises to provide you with many possibilities for getting your research "out of the cabinet."

Shelley, a nationally-recognized speaker, specializes in family history research in Ohio, as well as writing about topics of genealogical interest for magazines and journals. Here is a broad outline of the day:

Session 1: Writing to Preserve Your Family History

Lunch: Following lunch, you will have the opportunity to see samples of a variety of ways our members have shared their family histories through books, blogs, journal articles, etc.

Session 2: There are many ways to share your family history. Shelley will discuss several options.

Session 3: In this day of online publishing, Shelley will discuss her use of MyCanvas as a tool for sharing her research with family members. She will provide tips on how to engage your reader and keep them wanting more.

Additional Information:

  • Attendance is limited to the first 75 registrants.
  • Lunch is optional -- you may choose to bring your own. If you are an HCGS member, you will receive an email with the reservation form. Otherwise, it will soon be linked to the Events section on our website at
  • The library requests that you park at Symmes Elementary (next door) as there is limited parking in their lot. 
  • It is suggested that you dress in layers, as the meeting room has been known to get cold.
  • All orders for lunch MUST be placed by Monday, August 12th. Checks must be received by that date.

Questions? Contact Kathy Reed, Director At Large

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

German Resource - Ortssippenbücher

Have you heard of Ortssippenbücher? A recent guest post on the SK Translations blog (link below) from Scott Holl, manager of History & Genealogy at St. Louis County Library in St. Louis, Missouri, explains these books. These German community based family books include genealogical information about residents of a specific village or parish, generally from surviving local church records. Some begin as early as the mid-1500s and run through about 1900. If you find one for your ancestor’s village, they can be a great resource.

Another great resource is the SK Translations website. Katharine Schober, a professional translator, offers a newsletter with translation tips and German research sources I have found useful. You can read the Ortssippenbücher article and find out more about SK Translations newsletter at Katharine’s website Find out what these books are, where you can find them, and how to use them in your research!

Here's an example from of the Ortsippenbuch Schmieheim (Baden).

(Note: Neither the author or HCGS has any relationship with Katherine Schober or SK Translations. As an avid researcher with multiple (7 at last count) German family lines, she passes along useful resources from time to time.)