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Our next monthly meeting will be held Saturday, February 13 at 1 p.m. See details under Upcoming Programs below.


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.

Field Trip to Allen County Public Library
The chapter is planning a field trip in 2016 to the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. As many of you know, our featured speaker for the 2015 Annual Genealogy Seminar was Curt Witcher, the Allen County Public Library's Senior Manager for Special Collections, a job which entails managing The Genealogy Center. Details will be provided at a later date regarding the field trip. However, if you want to get a heads up on what is available at the library, be sure to check out their Genealogy Center.



Upcoming Programs

Saturday, February 13 at 1 p.m.
at the Routsong Funeral Home
2100 East Stroop Road, Kettering

How to Locate Your German Ancestral Village
by Kenny Burck

Our speaker, Kenny Burck, will discuss resources and methods available to find the ancestral home of your German-speaking ancestors.

Kenny is a lifelong resident of Hamilton County, OH and began his genealogical research in 1968. A Life Member of the Hamilton County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, Kenny has served on the Board since 1987. In addition, he has served in prominent positions on the boards of several societies including Trustee for the Ohio Genealogical Society. Kenny is a Co-Author of the Guide to Genealogical Resources in Cincinnati & Hamilton County, Ohio, Index of Hamilton County, OH Marriages 1870-1884, 1885-1889, 1890-1894 and 1895-1899, has edited several volumes of Indexes to City of Cincinnati Death Records and T. P. White and Sons Funeral Home Index, Cincinnati, Ohio 1935-1976. He has also written two family histories, Descendants & Ancestors of Johann Philipp BŁrck of Ziegelhausen, Baden (1779-1850) and his wife Susanna Katharina Frank of Schriesheim, Baden (1788-1869) and Descendants & Ancestors of Johann Heinrich Listermann of Heiligenstadt, Provinz Sachsen (1772-1864) and his wife Regina Wedekind of Siemerode, Provinz Sachsen (1778-1825).



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

Finding Immigrant Ancestors Using American Records
by Amie Bowser Tenant

How many of us have said at one time or another that we have successfully researched our ancestors in the United States but don't feel confident that we have the skills to research those from "across the pond?" Many of us know that our ancestors came from Germany, Ireland or (fill-in-the-blank). However, we may not know the specific town, be able to read their native language, or have any idea where to begin. Our speaker, Amie Bowser Tennant will discuss her techniques for using American records to answer many of our questions about immigrant ancestors beforerecords from their homeland. Amie also has some amazing tips and tricks on how to make best use of Ancestry and FamilySearch.

This talk is appropriate for both "newbie" genealogists and those with years of experience. Amie uses a case study to demonstrate the clues gathered from many different record groups to create a complete timeline of an immigrant's whereabouts in America. She also discusses "workarounds" to best utilize Ancestry and FamilySearch when compiling facts about your ancestor.

Amie is a research genealogist, nationally known speaker, and a blogger for RootsBid.com. Her articles have been published all over the world! She has been involved in family history and genealogy for over 16 years. Most recently, Amie has been a volunteer in Family History Center, board member and trustee of many local historical places and societies, and was the editor for Miami Meanderings, a newsletter sponsored by Miami County (Ohio) Historical and Genealogical Society.



NO MEETING IN APRIL
There will be no meeting of the Montgomery County Chapter OGS in April 2016
due to the Family History Jamboree and the OGS Annual Conference




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

Court Records
by Liz Stratton

Court records are genealogically rich sources that can further genealogical lines and enrich family histories. Through a series of case studies, learn which records might yield answers to genealogical questions and where to find them and how to use them. Examples from a variety of courts from local to state to federal will be included.

Our speaker, Liz Stratton, PLCGS, loves court research! She trained as a legal secretary and worked in that capacity before pursuing degrees in Mathematics. Liz has attended numerous genealogical institutes including the IGHRís ďAdvanced Library Research: Law Libraries & Government Documents.Ē A National Institute for Genealogical Studies graduate, Liz does research throughout the Miami Valley.



Saturday, June 11 at 1 p.m.
Location to be Announced

Society Picnic and Lineage Society Inductions
Details to be announced later.




Saturday, July 9 at 1 p.m.
at the Routsong Funeral Home
2100 East Stroop Road, Kettering

Using Aggregators Such as Feedly to Organize
by Kelli Bergheimer

Learn tips and techniques to use an aggregator such as Feedly to organize source Websites, blogs, and family history surname groups. You will learn the basic definition of an aggregator, types of aggregators, and how to organize your subscriptions. Learn to find and view aggregators on your computer, mobile phone, and tablets. And find out how to subscribe to sites using RSS logos and the types of sites that offer subscriptions.

Kelli Bergheimer is a writer, teacher, editor, small business owner, and nature photographer. Her love for genealogy derived from her archivist role in her family. Kelli holds a Bachelorís degree in Biology, a Masterís in Education, a Masterís in Management, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Her genealogical organization company is called "Mess on the Desk."



Saturday, August 13 at 1 p.m.
at the Routsong Funeral Home
2100 East Stroop Road, Kettering

Kentucky Online Resources
Maximizing Your Search of the Bluegrass State
by Elaine Kuhn




Saturday, September 10at 1 p.m.
at the Routsong Funeral Home
2100 East Stroop Road, Kettering

How Land Records Can Open Doors in Your Research
by Jennifer Alford

Have a difficult family that you are researching and not sure where to go?† Land records could provide the information that could clarify which John Smith is which and who his heirs were.† Our speaker, Jennifer Alford, will discuss the history of land records in the United States, information found within, and the many sources to examine. Understanding the types of land records and translating them to a usable format can be challenging, but doesnít have to hold you back.† Learn about taking a legal description from its original format to a plat and how to overlay it on historic and present day maps.

Jennifer is a Professional Engineer and genealogy professional. Her business, Jenealogy, provides education and publishing for a variety of societies. She is editor of the Indiana Genealogical Society newsletter and associate editor of the Federation of Genealogical Societyís FORUM. Her pride and joy is The In-Depth Genealogistís magazine, Going In-Depth.



Saturday, October 15 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m
at the Fairview United Methodist Church
828 W. Fairview Avenue, Dayton, OH 45406

Annual Genealogy Seminar
Featured Speaker - Amy Johnson Crow

Save The Date Flyer

Details to follow soon.





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

Understanding Boundary Changes in Genealogy Research
by Dana Palmer

Learn how to find your ancestors' land, court and census records even though the boundaries may have changed.

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), and many genealogical societies. She is also 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 10 at 1 p.m.
at the Routsong Funeral Home
2100 East Stroop Road, Kettering

Holiday Party and Genealogy Show and Tell




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