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Our next monthly meeting will be Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Dayton Metro Library, downtown Dayton, 1:00 p.m. See details below under Upcoming Programs.

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 1:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Dayton Metro Library, 215 East 3rd Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402.

Current News

Montgomery County Chapter OGS Celebrates 40th Anniversary!
2014 marks the 40th anniversary of our genealogy society. Plans are underway for a celebration luncheon on Saturday, June 14th. Details will be announced soon!

Settlers & Builders of Montgomery County, Ohio
The Montgomery County Chapter OGS is excited to announce that 2014 marks the inaugural year for our new lineage society -- Settlers & Builders of Montgomery County. Our first recipients will be inducted at the June 14th 40th Anniversary celebration, along with any First Families inductees. Click here for more information about our new lineage society and an application form:

Settlers & Builders Application and Procedures

Upcoming Programs

Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 1 p.m.

History of the Dayton Soldiers' Home
by Mark Conrad, MSgt, USAF (Retired)

Near the end of the Civil War in 1864, it was estimated that by the close of hostilities there would be over 100,000 men from the Union Army who would be unable to return to civilian employment. On March 3, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signed into law an act of Congress establishing the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers to care for these disabled veterans of the Union Army. The Central Branch of the National Home, located approximately three miles west of the city of Dayton on 355 acres of farmland, was opened in September 1867. At its inception the Central Branch was the largest branch of the National Soldiers Home system. Our speaker, Mark Conrad, will discuss the unique history of the soldiers home and how it has evolved into the present day Dayton VA Medical Center.

Mark Conrad is founder and curator for the Miami Valley Military History Museum, which is hosted by the American Veterans Heritage Center (a 501c3 organization), located in Building 120, the historic Putnam Library, on the grounds of the Dayton VA Medical Center. Mark is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant; his assignments included bases in Mississippi, the Azores (Portugal), Germany, and Ohio, with two combat tours in the Persian Gulf and one in Bosnia. He has had a life-long passion for military history, and began collecting military artifacts while in grade school. He is a contributor to twelve military history books and magazines and is frequently asked to speak at local historical groups and schools. Additionally, he is active in a number of veterans and lineage groups such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Sons of the American Revolution. Mark, who is married and has seven children, resides in Beavercreek, Ohio.

Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 1 p.m.

Montgomery County Chapter OGS 40th Anniversary Celebration and Luncheon
(Invitations will be mailed in April.)

Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 1 p.m.

Genealogy 101--Learn the Right Way the First Time!
by Amie Bowser Tennant

This presentation is for the new or seasoned genealogist. Learn how the successful genealogists work and why we use a standard operating procedure. Our speaker, Amie Bowser Tennant, will start at the very beginning with how to properly fill out pedigree and group sheet information, how to do a basic search using (for free!), and talk about the best way to keep your information organized and on the right track. It is always a good idea to review the basics to see what you are missing!

Amie has been a professional research genealogist and speaker for the last 10 years.  She was an assistant director of the Family History Center in Buffalo Grove, IL in 2009 and had been volunteering there for the previous two years.  Amie moved back to Ohio in late 2010 and has since served as the Vice President of the A.B. Graham Center and Museum in Conover, Ohio and is currently serving as the Recording Secretary and Newsletter Editor for the Miami County Historical and Genealogical Society. Amie is working on her national certification for genealogy. You can keep up with her latest genealogy happenings at!

Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 1 p.m.

Unearthing Your Roots with Ohio's Newspapers in Chronicling America
by Jenni Salamon and Kevin Latta

Did you know that there are over 200,000 pages of historic Ohio newspapers available for free online? Join the staff of the National Digital Newspaper Program in Ohio to learn how you can access decades worth of historic newspapers on the Library of Congress website Chronicling America. Staff will demonstrate how to use the website and provide tips for working with digitized newspaper collections and historic newspapers in general to find family history tidbits and much more.

Jenni Salamon is the Project Coordinator for the National Digital Newspaper Program in Ohio and has been with the Ohio Historical Society since 2009. She has a BA in English from Ohio University and an MLIS from Kent State University.

Kevin Latta is the Quality Control Technician for the National Digital Newspaper Program in Ohio and the Electronic Records Assistant for the State Archives at the Ohio Historical Society. He has been with the Society since 2011. He has a BA in Early European History from Ohio Dominican University and an MLIS from Kent State University.

Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 1 p.m.

Disaster Preparedness
by William J Priest

You cannot easily replace all the genealogy data and family photographs you have collected. Our speaker, William J Priest will discuss what you can do today to protect that data and what plans you should have in place in case a disaster strikes.

William J Priest is a retired records manager, with advanced training in disaster prevention/recovery and methodologies of filing systems. He is a genealogy teacher and nationally known speaker. He is a trustee on the board of the Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) and he is also an active member of the Lucas County Chapter OGS, Genealogy by Computer Society (GCS), National Genealogical Society (NGS) and the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).

Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 1 p.m.

Montgomery County Chapter OGS Annual Fall Seminar
Guest Speaker, Dr. Mike Lacopo

(Details to be announced.)

Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 1 p.m.

Photo Editing Using Adobe PhotoShop Elements
by Dana Palmer

Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 1 p.m.

Holiday Carry-in, Genealogy Show and Tell,
and Installation of 2015 Officers

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