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The next meeting is our Picnic Social on Saturday, June 11 at 1 p.m. See details below.

Our chapter was formed in 1974 to create and promote interest in collecting, indexing, preserving and publishing material on Montgomery County, and to assist individuals in tracing their ancestry and in compiling family and local histories by means of lectures, educational classes, and the Chapter's Family Tree newsletter.

Regular chapter meetings are held the 2nd Saturday of each month at 1 p.m. unless otherwise indicated. The location for each meeting varies and is included with the announcement under Upcoming Programs below.

Current News

Dayton Metro Library's Genealogy Room Has Moved
The Dayton Metro Library at 215 E. Third Street in downtown Dayton is currently undergoing reconstruction. The Genealogy collection has been moved to a temporary location at 359 Maryland Avenue. The Special Collections and other archives have been moved to temporary storage. To read more details about the move and reconstruction of the library, go to Dayton Metro Library.

In the meantime, here are a few pictures of the temporary facility: Genealogy Collection at 359 Maryland Avenue, Dayton.

Field Trip to Allen County Public Library
The chapter is planning a field trip on August 19-20, 2016 to the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This will be an overnight stay for those who prefer to research two days. As many of you know, our featured speaker for the 2015 Annual Genealogy Seminar was Curt Witcher, the Allen County Public Library's Senior Manager for Special Collections, a job which entails managing The Genealogy Center. See the link to the flyer for more details. If you want to get a heads up on what is available at the library, be sure to check out their Genealogy Center.


Field Trip Flyer - Allen County Public Library

Upcoming Programs

Saturday, June 11 at 12 p.m.
at Yankee Park Shelter
7500 Yankee Street, Centerville

We hope you can join us for our Society Picnic. Please see the details in the following flyer:

Society Picnic

Saturday, July 9 at 1 p.m.
at the Routsong Funeral Home
2100 East Stroop Road, Kettering

Using Aggregators Such as Feedly to Organize
by Kelli Bergheimer

Learn tips and techniques to use an aggregator such as Feedly to organize source Websites, blogs, and family history surname groups. You will learn the basic definition of an aggregator, types of aggregators, and how to organize your subscriptions. Learn to find and view aggregators on your computer, mobile phone, and tablets. And find out how to subscribe to sites using RSS logos and the types of sites that offer subscriptions.

Kelli Bergheimer is a writer, teacher, editor, small business owner, and nature photographer. Her love for genealogy derived from her archivist role in her family. Kelli holds a Bachelorís degree in Biology, a Masterís in Education, a Masterís in Management, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Her genealogical organization company is called "Mess on the Desk."

Saturday, August 13 at 1 p.m.
at the Routsong Funeral Home
2100 East Stroop Road, Kettering

Kentucky Online Resources
Maximizing Your Search of the Bluegrass State
by Elaine Kuhn

This presentation highlights the many avenues for online research of Kentucky records and materials. Resources covering the entire state as well as region-specific collections will be discussed.

Elaine Kuhn is the Local History and Genealogy Coordinator for the Kenton County Public Library in Kentucky. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Ohio Genealogical Society and the Hamilton County and Tuscarawas Chapters of the Ohio Genealogical Society. She also serves on the board of directors for the Kenton County Historical Society and is Secretary of the Board of Overseers for the Historic Linden Grove Cemetery & Arboretum in Covington, Kentucky.

Saturday, September 10at 1 p.m.
at the Routsong Funeral Home
2100 East Stroop Road, Kettering

How Land Records Can Open Doors in Your Research
by Jennifer Alford

Have a difficult family that you are researching and not sure where to go?† Land records could provide the information that could clarify which John Smith is which and who his heirs were.† Our speaker, Jennifer Alford, will discuss the history of land records in the United States, information found within, and the many sources to examine. Understanding the types of land records and translating them to a usable format can be challenging, but doesnít have to hold you back.† Learn about taking a legal description from its original format to a plat and how to overlay it on historic and present day maps.

Jennifer is a Professional Engineer and genealogy professional. Her business, Jenealogy, provides education and publishing for a variety of societies. She is editor of the Indiana Genealogical Society newsletter and associate editor of the Federation of Genealogical Societyís FORUM. Her pride and joy is The In-Depth Genealogistís magazine, Going In-Depth.

Saturday, October 15 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m
at the Fairview United Methodist Church
828 W. Fairview Avenue, Dayton, OH 45406

Annual Genealogy Seminar
Featured Speaker - Amy Johnson Crow

The Montgomery County Chapter OGS will hold its annual genealogical seminar on October 15th at the Fairview United Methodist Church, 828 W. Fairview Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45406.

The topics for the seminar include:

  • How Do I Know Thatís My Ancestor -- People with the same name. Nicknames. Changing names. How do you know if that record is for your ancestor or someone with the same name. Learn tips and tricks for getting it right.
  • Taxes, Taxes, Taxes -- "Nothing is certain but death and taxes." Taxes have been with us even before we became a country. Learn ways to use tax lists to help solve genealogical problems.
  • State and Local Records for Civil War Research -- There are more Civil War records available than what you receive from the National Archives. Discover important sources created by state and local agencies.
  • How to Milk a Source for All Itís Worth -- Sure, you pulled out the basic facts, but did you really get everything out of that source? We'll examine common sources and techniques you can use on any source.

Please refer to the registration form for additional details:

Seminar Registration Form

Fun Stuff For Genealogists
will be one of the vendors for the seminar!

Saturday, November 12 at 1 p.m.
at the Routsong Funeral Home
2100 East Stroop Road, Kettering

Understanding Boundary Changes in Genealogy Research
by Dana Palmer

Learn how to find your ancestors' land, court and census records even though the boundaries may have changed.

Our speaker for this presentation, Dana Palmer, is a teacher, lecturer, author and professional genealogist. She is immediate Past-President of Warren County (Ohio) Genealogical Society, web designer and web master, in addition to genealogy instructor at Sinclair Community College and the Warren County Career Center. Dana has done extensive work with digital photo restoration and scanning, writing and compiling family books, cemeteries and Midwestern research. She was a speaker at 2013 FGS Conference in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and is a frequent guest lecturer at various genealogical societies in Ohio. Dana is a member of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG), and many genealogical societies. She is also a delegate for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), in addition to OGS Conference Co-Chair and program chair in 2013 and 2016.

Saturday, December 10 at 1 p.m.
at the Routsong Funeral Home
2100 East Stroop Road, Kettering

Holiday Party and Genealogy Show and Tell

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