Saturday, April 22, 2017

Webinars -- A New Member Benefit

Many members of the Hamilton County Genealogical Society do not live in Hamilton County.
The Board is constantly discussing ways to better serve our out-of-town members. To that end, the Board recently approved the purchase of GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar software. Over time, we hope to present several webinars on a variety of topics.

The Southwest Ohio Regional DNA Interest Group (SWOHDNA) used GoToMeeting to record a video on how to use Gedmatch to identify possible cousins. This past week we used the webinar software to record a presentation on the use of DNA to identify the biological family of an adoptee. Fourteen people from as far away as Houston signed up to watch the presentation “live.”

You can find this webinar by clicking on this link: If you choose to watch this one, try to watch it to the end. You aren't going to believe how this story evolves! It falls into the "truth is stranger than fiction" category.

We’d love to hear from your suggestions for future webinar topics and whether or not you find them valuable. Email Kathy Reed, Program Director at or click on "comments" below to post your input.

Submitted by Kathy Reed
Program Director

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Did You Miss the Irish Genealogy Webinars?

Perhaps mid-March found you busy or at work during the time that a series of Irish webinars were broadcast in conjunction with the Fountaindale Public Library. Two speakers from the Ulster Historical Foundation shared their expertise with particular focus on the Scots-Irish from Northern Ireland and the Famine Immigrants. The good news is that these webinars are online and available for you to watch at any time.

To take advantage of this opportunity, click on this link and click on "Webinars."

Scroll down the page until you find the Irish Genealogy series.

Watch them at your leisure. The information is invaluable to those engaged in Irish Genealogy. A donation was made on behalf of HCGS members to the Ulster Historical Foundation, so you can watch them guilt-free! I hope you take advantage of this opportunity.

Submitted by Kathy Reed
HCGS Program Director

Saturday, March 25, 2017

"How Could a City Named 'Porkopolis be Anything but Funny?" by Robert J. Wimberg

This looks to be an entertaining presentation-a perfect outing for April Fool's day!

"Humor in History or How Could a City Nicknamed 'Porkopolis' be Anything but Funny" by Robert J. Wimberg
Saturday, April 1, at 11 am in the Genealogy and Local History Program Space, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Main Library
"From its original name of Losantiville to Mrs. Trollope's Bazaar to August Herrmann's love for wursts, German fried potatoes and baseball, Cincinnati has provided the stuff to make us smile if not burst out laughing.  From a trained bear that escaped the People’s Theater in Over-the-Rhine to beer suds popping sewer lids, our town has hundreds of humorous stories that are a part of its history."
This program is sponsored by the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. 


Friday, March 24, 2017

April 8 Annual Seminar with Judy G. Russell is Nearly Full

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
The Legal Genealogist
Only a few spaces remain for the Annual Seminar on Saturday, April 8 with Judy G. Russell. If you have not already registered, please check our website to ensure spaces available before sending in your registration, Annual Seminar. You can also register online:

The annual seminar is held at the Mill Race Banquet Center in Winton Woods, Great Parks. Admission to the park, continental breakfast, and lunch are included with your registration.

The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree. She writes, teaches and lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. Her blog – chosen as one of the American Bar Association’s top 100 in 2013, 2014 and 2015 – appears at The Legal Genealogist website,

Judy will be presenting four lectures:
When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicts in Genealogical Records
The Gentlemen Judges: Justices of the Peace
Beyond X and Y: The Promise and Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA Testing
NARA Mythbusters: Your Family is in the Archives

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A Visit to the Waldschmidt House and Civil War Museum - May13th

A Visit to the Waldschmidt House and Civil War Museum
10:30 am
7567 Glendale Milford Road Camp Dennison, Ohio 45111
Waldschmidt House

If you are not an "east-sider", you may not be familiar with the post-Revolutionary War home in Camp Dennison near Milford. The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) own and are caretakers of the Christian Waldschmidt home and Civil War Museum located on the property. The home, built in 1804, included a store and a tavern. Waldschmidt helped encourage industries that would be necessary if the community was to thrive. He staffed a church and helped found a school. Ohio's first paper mill, a cooperative distillery, woolen mill, sawmill and blacksmith shop were built in the surrounding area.
The Camp Dennison Civil War Museum tells the history of Camp Dennison, a Civil War Camp and Hospital. As many as 50,000 Union soldiers were mustered in or out of service at Camp Dennison, with as many as 12,000 occupying the camp at any one time. In 1862, Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan threatened this camp with his "raiders" who attacked the railroad north of the camp.

Ohio Daughter of the American Revolution Member (DAR) Darlene West, will do a short presentation on the Christian Waldschmidt family and its impact on this early post-Revolutionary War community. Following lunch, we will tour both the homestead and the Civil War Museum located on the property. 

We will gather in the Memorial Barn behind the home which the Ohio Society DAR added in 1989 built to honor the Bicentennial of the Northwest Ordinance. It houses an extensive collection of stone-cutting and farm tools as well as a restored Conestoga wagon and a vehicle used by James Garfield.

To make a reservation and/or order a box lunch, please complete the form below and mail it to the address listed. You can also order and pay for lunch using PayPal through our website. For directions and a more detailed description of the Waldschmidt properties, click on this link.



Adapted from the Waldschmidt Homestead website by Kathy Reed, HCGS Program Director.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Genealogy Roundtable: A New Discussion Group for Beginning-Intermediate Researchers

The Genealogy Roundtable is a new discussion group intended for beginning and intermediate genealogists. The purpose of the Roundtable is to give researchers the opportunity to get questions answered, learn, share ideas, and network.  Each Roundtable will consist of a short overview and discussion of one topic. The floor will then be opened to the attendees to discuss any genealogy topics of interest. Sessions will be held bi-monthly beginning in February 2017. In the first Roundtable we will identify future discussion topics and set the times and locations for future roundtables.

Genealogy Roundtable: Planning Session
Saturday, February 18 @ 10:30am - Blue Ash Branch Library
Genealogy Roundtable: First Discussion Topic: City Directories
Saturday April 22 @ 10:30am - Main Library Room 3A