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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 November 11 at 1 p.m. at the Dayton Metro Library. See program and location 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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Dayton Metro Library's Main Branch Opens
The new main branch of the Dayton Metro Library in downtown Dayton is now open to the public. The Dayton Room, housing local genealogy and history, is available for research. To check out the new facility, go to

Upcoming Programs

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. - Dayton Metro Library, Community Room 2-B, 215 E. Third Street, Dayton

This presentation includes information, tips and tricks including specific search strategies that will help you raise your researching ability to a new level. Research begins with having a specific goal to solve. Dana Palmer begins with the importance of this concept and elaborates on core search strategies, common places to find clues and a very helpful list of tips and tricks. From that beginning she targets specific search strategies for,, state and local archives, cemeteries, newspapers, and living people. A special section on Google search tricks is included to help yield the best search results. The presentation concludes with a discussion on search engines and the advantages of using more than one. A detailed handout of the presentation will be available. An additional 12-page handout for Online State Resources and their URLs will be made available electronically for attendees. Dana says, “These are some of my other favorite genealogy state archives and websites sites. These are sites at the state level. Make sure you check the US GenWeb and Family Search Wiki for local genealogical and histories societies too. Each has their own record collections, which are not the same.”

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 was President of the Warren County Genealogical Society for 6 years, their web master until 2013, and currently serves as 1st Vice President. She has been a volunteer at various Family History Centers since 1997. She has presented many lectures at various genealogical societies, libraries and other groups in southwestern Ohio, Indiana, Arizona and Utah and at the FGS Conference in 2013. She will be presenting at the NGS Conference in May of 2018. currently teaches genealogy classes at Sinclair Community College. She has authored many books, three of which have won awards from the Ohio Genealogical Society. She belongs to several genealogical societies, is a member of NSDAR, helped her husband join the Mayflower Society, and recently submitted her application for USD1812. is the mother of five (soon to be six) children and lives in Lebanon, Ohio.

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

Saturday, December 9 at 1 p.m. - Dayton Metro Library, Community Room 2-B, 215 E. Third Street, Dayton

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For information regarding the Chapter or this web site, contact:
Carolyn Johnson Burns

Updated October 13, 2017