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CHANGE IN LOCATION FOR JULY 11 MEETING: 1 p.m. at the Dayton Metro Library Auditorium.


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.


Hope Lutheran Church Project Complete!
We are happy to announce that the project to upload scans of the original ledgers from Hope Lutheran Church in Dayton, Ohio has been completed. These records consist of baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials for the years 1890-1946. Click on the page numbers to see original pages from the ledgers.

You can access these records at Hope Lutheran Church Records.





Upcoming Programs

Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 1 p.m.
at the Dayton Metro Library Auditorium
215 E. Third Street, downtown Dayton

NOTE CHANGE IN MEETING LOCATION

Organizing Your Files and the Mess on Your Desk
by Kelli Bergheimer

This discussion will concentrate on spending time efficiently making progress in your genealogical quest, not filing and looking for what is misplaced. Our speaker, Kelli Bergheimer, will present easy methods to organize your papers, photos, progress, and digital records.

Kelli Bergheimer is a writer, teacher, editor, small business owner, and nature photographer. Her love for genealogy comes from her archivist role in her family. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, a Master’s in Education, a Master’s in Management, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.




Saturday, August 8, 2015 (Orientation begins at 9:30 a.m.)

Field Trip to the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
(Tour and Research)

See the Flyer for details.




Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 1 p.m.
at the Routsong Funeral Home
2100 East Stroop Road, Kettering

One Man's Hunt for Civil War Grave Sites
by Harold George

Between 1861 and 1865, more than 600,000 men died in the American Civil War. Where are they buried? Who buried them? How do you locate their graves? These are all questions Harold George will address in this presentation. He will discuss his eight-year genealogical project to locate and photograph the graves of 240 civil war veterans. His discussion will provide insight into burial procedures observed during the Civil War and genealogical techniques used for locating a civil war veteran's burial place.

Our speaker, Harold George, who will present in full uniform, has been a Civil War re-enactor with the 9th Ohio since 1992, rising to the rank of 1st Lieutenant to serve at the commanding officer. He has participated in many Civil War re-enactments, parades and ceremonies. His publications include One Man's Hunt for Civil War Gravesites, Civil War Monuments of Ohio, booklet and CD Dead Soldiers at Gettysburg, and several DVD publications.




Saturday, October 17, 2015
Delco Park Meeting Place
1701 Delco Park Drive, Kettering, OH 45420

Annual Genealogy Seminar
Featuring Curt B. Witcher, Nationally Known Speaker and
Senior Manager of Special Collections
Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Seminar Registration Form

Topics for the seminar include:

  • "Doing the History Eliminates the Mystery!"
    This presentation is an explanation and demonstration of how researching all the details of each ancestral family as well as the history surrounding the area can pay significant research dividends.

  • Using Military Records for Genealogical Research
    This is an in-depth look at military records, from the earliest times of our country’s history to the present day. Discussed are the five major types of military records; where one can find such documents; a look at typical data found in sample records; and a detailing of what one might call other “minor” military records.

  • Doing Effective Genealogical Research in Libraries
    So often genealogists miss the tremendous research treasures in libraries and archives because they are not effective researchers. This talk focuses on understanding the four major types of libraries and their missions, organizing one’s data in an effective and efficient manner, developing techniques for “scouting” a research facility, and functioning well in a wide variety of research facilities.

  • This I Believe--The Urgent Need to Record Living History
    This presentation takes a look at the many opportunities we have to record our history as something precious and valuable to leave to our children and their children. Our histories have never been more at risk with so many individuals doing research and gathering data but not taking the time to compile the research and write the stories. Technology can be of such great assistance to us, or it can lull us into inaction. This presentation is intended to motivate individuals to write.





Saturday, November 14 at 1 p.m.
at the Routsong Funeral Home
2100 East Stroop Road, Kettering

Free Genealogy Resources on the Web
by Dana Palmer

Learn how to find and use some of the most popular free genealogy websites.  Topics discussed will include:  Family Search, RootsWeb, US GenWeb, Find a Grave, Billion Graves, Mocavo, Google Translate, Newberry Library's Online Historical Maps, Chronicling America, Internet Archive, and other miscellaneous online resources.

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), National Genealogical Society (NGS), Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS), Warren County Genealogical Society (WCGS), Daughters of the Utah Pioneers (DUP) and 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 12 at 1 p.m.
at the Routsong Funeral Home
2100 East Stroop Road, Kettering

Holiday Party, Show & Tell, Installation of 2016 Officers




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