Paul Milner Scheduled to Speak at Annual Seminar
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:
Seminar Registration Form
Saturday, May 13 at 1 p.m. - Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Road, Kettering
Direct evidence, the sort of evidence that completely answers a research question by itself, is often scarce. Without any documents telling us exactly what we want to know, how do we identify relationships that might not be stated explicitly, resolve conflicts between records, and arrive at sound genealogical conclusions? By collecting, analyzing, and correlating indirect evidence of course! The Henry McGinnis family of 19th century rural Pennsylvania provides an easy-to-understand example of using mostly indirect evidence to reconstruct a family which left precious little for descendants to work with.
Chris Staats is a genealogical researcher, presenter, and writer. He has written articles for Family Tree Magazine, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and other publications. Chris has given presentations and webinars covering methodology, genealogical resources, technology, and other topics. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and Seminar Chairperson for the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Genealogical Committee.
Society Picnic and Lineage Society Inductions
Saturday, June 10 at 12 p.m. - Yankee Park, 7500 Yankee Street, Dayton
Once again, the Montgomery County Chapter OGS annual picnic will be held at the Yankee Park Shelter located at 7500 Yankee Street, Dayton, OH 45459, just north of Centerville Miamisburg Road (Rt. 725). The shelter is handicap accessible and has flush toilets. We look forward to socializing with other members, playing games, and enjoying a great spread of food. We will eat at 12:00. The society is providing broasted chicken from Dot’s. The rest is potluck. If you plan to participate and have not signed up, please contact Terry Anne Nicholson and let her know how many will be attending and what food or drink item you will be bringing.
This is the Chapter's June meeting. Following lunch, we will have a short business meeting. If we have any applicants who have successfully completed the necessary requirements for First Families of Montgomery County or Settlers and Builders of Montgomery County, they will be inducted into those lineage societies at that time.
Following the meeting there will be plenty of time to play games and socialize with other members. Bring a lawn chair, enjoy the near-by shade trees, and chat with others about what you are working on with your genealogy.
Field Trip - Ohio History Connection
Saturday, June 24 at 12 p.m.
The Ohio History Center is located at I-71 & 17th Avenue (Exit 111) in Columbus. It is just one of over fifty sites and museums managed by the Ohio History Connection, formerly known as the Ohio Historical Society. We will be visiting the Research Room of the State Archives/Library located on the third floor of the History Center. They have an extensive collection of newspapers, photographs, manuscripts, books, maps and military records.
The Archives/Library is open from 10:00 to 5:00 and there is no charge to research there. If you are interested in visiting the Museum at the Ohio History Center the hours are the same and the cost is adults $10, seniors (60+) $9.
For those interested in carpooling, we will be leaving the Dayton area about 8:30 and will have two gathering locations, one north and one southeast. More information will be provided as we get closer to the event. Lunch is on your own. A lunchroom is available on the 2nd floor with vending machines for beverages. There are no facilities for refrigerated lunch storage. Some fast food restaurants are nearby.
If you are a member of our society but do not live in the Dayton area, you are welcome to meet us at the Archives/Library. It would be great to get to meet some of our distance members.
Please sign up for this event at our May meeting, at the June Picnic or by emailing Mary-Sue Gardetto.
Introduction to the Personal Historian Software from RootsMagic, Inc.
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 http://www.genealogycenter.org/.
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
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
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
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
Advanced Research Techniques
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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