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NOTE: Change in location for September 10th meeting. See details 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.

Germantown Cemetery Book
Work is continuing on the new book containing burial records from Germantown Cemetery in Jefferson Township. Formerly called Germantown-Union Cemetery, the site is located on State Route 725 in Germantown, Ohio. The book, scheduled to be published in the fourth quarter of 2016, will be up-to-date with burials through September 2016 and will be fully indexed.



Upcoming Programs

Saturday, September 10 at 1 p.m.
at the Miami Township Library
2718 Lyons Road, Miamisburg
NOTE CHANGE IN LOCATION

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

The Montgomery County Chapter OGS will hold its annual genealogical seminar on October 15th at the Fairview United Methodist Church, 828 W. Fairview Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45406.

The topics for the seminar include:

  • How Do I Know Thatís My Ancestor -- People with the same name. Nicknames. Changing names. How do you know if that record is for your ancestor or someone with the same name. Learn tips and tricks for getting it right.
  • Taxes, Taxes, Taxes -- "Nothing is certain but death and taxes." Taxes have been with us even before we became a country. Learn ways to use tax lists to help solve genealogical problems.
  • State and Local Records for Civil War Research -- There are more Civil War records available than what you receive from the National Archives. Discover important sources created by state and local agencies.
  • How to Milk a Source for All Itís Worth -- Sure, you pulled out the basic facts, but did you really get everything out of that source? We'll examine common sources and techniques you can use on any source.

Please refer to the registration form for additional details:

Seminar Registration Form

Fun Stuff For Genealogists
will be one of the vendors for the seminar!





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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