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  Montgomery County Chapter

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

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Next meeting July 8 at 1 p.m. at Routsong Funeral Home. See program details below.

Current News

Paul Milner Scheduled to Speak at Annual Seminar
The Montgomery County Chapter OGS will hold its Annual Seminar, featuring speaker Paul Milner, on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairview United Methodist Church, 828 W. Fiarview Avenue, Dayton.

Paul Milner, a native of northern England, is a professional genealogist and internationally known lecturer with 30 years’ experience, specializing in British Isles research. Paul has been designing genealogy workshops, writing books, and lecturing for over 35 years. He holds an advanced degree in Theology and is particularly knowledgeable about the church and its role in record keeping. As a genealogist he speaks on a variety of topics relating to research in the British Isles, migration to North America and research methodology. He is currently the book review editor for the Federation of Genealogical Societies FORUM, and the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois Newsletter. Paul is a past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois.

Paul will present these four topics:

Preregistrations for the seminar are currently being accepted and must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2017. Please see the following registration form for additional details.

Seminar Registration Form

Germantown Cemetery Book
Work has been completed on the new book containing burial records from Germantown Cemetery in German Township. Formerly called Germantown-Union Cemetery, the site is located on State Route 725 in Germantown, Ohio. The book is up-to-date with burials through the end of 2016 and fully indexed. To order your copy, use this order form.

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Upcoming Programs

Introduction to the Personal Historian Software from RootsMagic, Inc.
Speaker - Robert Hendrix

Saturday, July 8 at 1 p.m. - Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Road, Kettering

Personal Historian can help you write your own personal history, that of another person (possibly an ancestor), or even a group. It takes an overwhelming task and breaks it down into more manageable pieces. The presentation will include examples of how to use Personal Historian and discussion of some of the features that are designed to help get by “writer’s block” and avoid organizational headaches.

Bob Hendrix retired from the Air Force after 20 years as a pilot and engineer. After that he taught mathematics, science, and computer courses at Urbana University in Urbana, Ohio for over 20 years. He is an amateur genealogist, inspired by a pedigree sheet that his wife received from her grandmother, who had prepared it for acceptance into the DAR. He started organizing his data in the early 1990s with the Family Origins program, the precursor of the very popular RootsMagic genealogy software.

Field Trip - Allen County Public Library

Saturday, August 4 and 5

The Montgomery County Chapter OGS is planning a field trip to the Allen County Public Library. The library's Genealogy Center, located at 900 Library Plaza in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, is one the nation’s top genealogy libraries. With two large research rooms and thousands of family histories and county histories, computer banks, a microfilm room, US city directories, and the largest collection of genealogy and historical periodicals, it holds a wealth of information for all researchers.

Hours: MTWT – 9 to 9; FS – 9 to 6; Sun 12 to 5. Parking is available at the library for a fee. To learn more about the library and plan your research, please visit their website at

Participants traveling from Dayton will leave the Dayton area at 7 a.m. on Friday, August 4 and return Saturday evening, Auguts 5. Attendees may stay at a hotel of their choice. However, a block of rooms with a special rate of $104.00 per night plus tax has been arranged at the Courtyard by Marriott at Grand Wayne Convention Center, which is within walking distance to the library. The room rate includes parking. Breakfast vouchers will be available to purchase for $5.00 plus tax at check-in. The block of rooms is on a first come, first served basis and may be booked now by calling (866) 704-6163. Reference group code MCG. This special group rate must be booked by 7/13/17. The special group rate is available from August 2 to August 6 if anyone is interested going early or staying through Sunday. Hotel reservation is your own responsibility. The hotel is located next to the baseball park and the Tincaps will be playing on Friday evening and will have fireworks after the game. They put on a great firework show.

To make a reservation online, click here: Online Reservations.

If you can’t spend the night, come for the day. The library is about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Dayton. Transportation is your own responsibility. We will keep a list of willing drivers to assist those needing to carpool. We will also keep a list of people who may be willing to share a room. If you are a distant member and are interested in visiting the Allen County Public Library, please consider meeting us there. Last year we were excited to have several distant members, including one from Seattle, Washington, join us in Ft. Wayne. It was wonderful to get to know them.

To help us plan this event including an orientation at the library and a group dinner on Friday night, we do need to know who is planning to attend. There will be a sign-up sheet at the meetings or you may sign up by emailing Janet Gum.

Facebook for Genealogy
Speaker - Mark Middleton

Saturday, August 12 at 1 p.m. - Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Road, Kettering

Mark Middleton will discuss the many features of Facebook that can be used by a genealogist. In this presentation, you will learn how the leading social media website can help your genealogical research and family history efforts. Simple features such as pictures with descriptions and private groups created just for families are available. There are Genealogy focused pages of many subjects such as those based on location and family names.

Mark has been employed in the IT industry for over 30 years and has a master's degree in Information Systems. He has been a certified Project Manager (PMP) since 2001. Major Middleton is a retired US Army officer and is a member of the Ohio Genealogical Society, National Genealogy Society, Genealogy Speakers Guild, and Project Management Institute. He is also a member of the Ohio Society of Civil War Families and Ohio Settlers & Builders.

Trolling Virtual Cemeteries and Using Cemetery Records
Speaker - Amie Tennant

Saturday, September 9 at 1 p.m. - Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Road, Kettering

You thought it was scary to go trolling through the cemetery on a dark and foggy night! The real scare is when you don’t know about all the online sites dedicated to viewing a cemetery without ever leaving home. Troll along with us as we talk about these virtual sites and discuss the often overlooked cemetery records and where to find them.

Our speaker, Amie Tennant, has been involved in family history and genealogy for over 16 years. Having won a scholarship for the National Genealogical Home Study Course in American Genealogy and successfully completing the course, she is now studying to become a certified genealogist. Amie has worked in several Family History Centers as a volunteer, and has been a board member and trustee of many local historical places and societies. She was the editor for Miami Meanderings, a newspaper sponsored by the Miami County (Ohio) Historical and Genealogical Society. In addition, Amie is a research genealogist, nationally known speaker, and a Content Creator for Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems. Her articles have been published all over the world.

Annual Genealogy Seminar
Speaker - Paul Milner

Saturday, October 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Fairview United Methodist Church, 828 W. Fairview Avenue, Dayton

Paul Milner, internationally lecturer and professional genealogist, will present four topics. See full description under Current News

Seminar Registration Form

Advanced Research Techniques
Speaker - Dana Palmer

Saturday, November 11 at 1 p.m. - Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Road, Kettering

Dana Ann Palmer is a Board Certified Genealogist (CG) and holds a bachelor’s degree in Math Education. She has been interested in family history and using computers (Mac & PC) since childhood. She is the immediate past President of the Warren County Genealogical Society and is also their web master. She has been a volunteer at various Family History Centers since 1997. She has presented many lectures at various local genealogical societies, libraries and other groups in southwestern Ohio, Indiana and Utah and at the FGS Conference in 2013. She currently teaches genealogy classes at Sinclair Community College and the Warren County Career Center in Lebanon, Ohio. She belongs to many genealogical societies, and has authored several books, two of which have won awards from the Ohio Genealogical Society.

Holiday Get-together - Genealogy Show & Tell - 2018 Board Inductions

Saturday, December 9 at 1 p.m. - Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Road, Kettering

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Updated July 3, 2017