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Our next monthly meeting is Saturday, March 14 at 1 p.m. See location and 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 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.

Hope Lutheran Church Project Complete!
We are happy to announce that the project to upload scans of the original ledgers from Hope Lutheran Church in Dayton, Ohio has been completed. These records consist of baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials for the years 1890-1946. Click on the page numbers to see original pages from the ledgers.

You can access these records at Hope Lutheran Church Records.

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, March 14, 2015 at 1 p.m.
at the Routsong Funeral Home
2100 East Stroop Road, Kettering

Understanding Your DNA Results
by Debra Dunbar Nowell

This presentation is designed for those with DNA test results or awaiting results who need guidance understanding the numbers.  Our speaker, Debra Dunbar Nowell, will breakdown each type test: mtDNA, Y-DNA, autosomal DNA, and X-DNA and show how each test is reported plus much more.

Debra Dunbar Nowell has been actively involved with Genetic Genealogy since 2005. She is currently DNA Administrator for the Dunbar Surname Project, the Kilcoyne Surname Project, the South Africa Cape Coloured Geographic Project, and the Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society. Debra leads a monthly DNA Interest Group in Columbus Ohio, which has hosted many internationally known Genetic Genealogy speakers. Her numerous DNA presentations include the Ohio History Center, Palatines to America Society, many central Ohio libraries and genealogical societies, the African-American Interest Group, the Licensed Practical Nursing Group, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. In addition, she is a member of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy.

No Meeting in April

The Montgomery County Chapter OGS will not be holding its normally scheduled meeting in April in order to give our members and visitors the opportunity to attend the Ohio Genealogical Society's Annual Conference to be held in Columbus on April 9-11. OGS is offering 3-day, 2-day, and 1-day rates. You can read more information and register at

Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 1 p.m.
at the Routsong Funeral Home
2100 East Stroop Road, Kettering

Researching German Newspapers
by Jeffrey G. Herbert

Our speaker, Jeffrey G. Herbert, will discuss how important it is to learn the usefulness of using local German newspapers to research your German ancestors and the gold mine of information that they contain. Jeff will talk about what you are likely to find, tips to read and translate the old German fonts and text, and where to find existing newspapers in the United States for various German cities.

Jeffrey G. Herbert is past president and current treasurer of the Hamilton County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. Jeff has more than 20 years of experience in genealogical research and writing with a focus on local history.  He has authored more than 15 publications identifying and indexing local sources to aid researchers.  He is an expert in German research and old script handwriting.

Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 1 p.m.
at the Routsong Funeral Home
2100 East Stroop Road, Kettering

Black Sheep Ancestors
by Kathy Reed

Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 1 p.m.
at the Routsong Funeral Home
2100 East Stroop Road, Kettering

Organizing Your Files and the Mess on Your Desk
by Kelli Bergheimer

This discussion will concentrate on spending time efficiently making progress in your genealogical quest, not filing and looking for what is misplaced. Our speaker, Kelli Bergheimer, will present easy methods to organize your papers, photos, progress, and digital records.

Kelli Bergheimer is a writer, teacher, editor, small business owner, and nature photographer. Her love for genealogy comes from her archivist role in her family. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, a Master’s in Education, a Master’s in Management, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 10 a.m.

Field Trip to the Hamilton County Library
(Tour and Research)

Please note time of field trip is 10 a.m. Details will be announced.

Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 1 p.m.
at the Routsong Funeral Home
2100 East Stroop Road, Kettering

One Man's Hunt for Civil War Grave Sites
by Harold George

Saturday, October 17, 2015
Delco Park Meeting Place
1701 Delco Park Drive, Kettering, OH 45420

Annual Genealogy Seminar
Featuring Curt B. Witcher, Nationally Known Speaker and
Senior Manager of Special Collections
Allen County Pulic Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Seminar Registration Form

Topics for the seminar include:

  • "Doing the History Eliminates the Mystery!"
    This presentation is an explanation and demonstration of how researching all the details of each ancestral family as well as the history surrounding the area can pay significant research dividends.

  • Using Military Records for Genealogical Research
    This is an in-depth look at military records, from the earliest times of our country’s history to the present day. Discussed are the five major types of military records; where one can find such documents; a look at typical data found in sample records; and a detailing of what one might call other “minor” military records.

  • Doing Effective Genealogical Research in Libraries
    So often genealogists miss the tremendous research treasures in libraries and archives because they are not effective researchers. This talk focuses on understanding the four major types of libraries and their missions, organizing one’s data in an effective and efficient manner, developing techniques for “scouting” a research facility, and functioning well in a wide variety of research facilities.

  • This I Believe--The Urgent Need to Record Living History
    This presentation takes a look at the many opportunities we have to record our history as something precious and valuable to leave to our children and their children. Our histories have never been more at risk with so many individuals doing research and gathering data but not taking the time to compile the research and write the stories. Technology can be of such great assistance to us, or it can lull us into inaction. This presentation is intended to motivate individuals to write.

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

Free Genealogy Resources on the Web
by Dana Palmer

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

Holiday Party, Show & Tell, Installation of 2016 Officers

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