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Montgomery County Chapter
Ohio Genealogical Society

Presentations Given by Past Speakers
at Society Meetings

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The purpose of this page is to provide handouts and presentations from past speakers to members and others who were unable to attend the Society's monthly meetings. Listed below is a brief overview of each particular presentation along with the presenter's name and a link to the associated file.

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The Ohio History Connection: A Repository of Genealogical Records
by Liz Plummer (April 8, 2017 Meeting)

The Ohio History Connection in Columbus, Ohio is a rich treasure trove of genealogical and historical documents including: vital records, state government records, books, letters, diaries, photographs, newspapers, maps,so much more. Liz Plummer discussed how these resources and the staff at the Ohio History Connection can enhance your genealogical research. Here is her handout:

Ohio History Connection

Understanding County Boundary Changes in Genealogical Research
by Dana Palmer (November 12, 2016 Meeting)

Finding your ancestors' land, court, and census records can be a challenge when county boundaries fluctuated and changed over time. In this presentation, Dana Palmer discussed why it is imperative to know when and where an event occurred.

County Boundaries

How Land Records Can Open Doors in Your Research
by Jennifer Alford (September 10, 2016 Meeting)

The speaker discussed the history of land records in the United States, information found within those records, and many sources to examine.

Land Records Overview

Free Genealogy Resources on the Web
by Dana Palmer (November 14, 2015 Meeting)

In this presentation, Dana Palmer discussed how to find and use some of the most popular free genealogy websites. Her handout included below discusses: Family Search, RootsWeb, US GenWeb, Find a Grave, Billion Graves, Mocavo, Google Translate, Newberry Library's Online Historical Maps, Chronicling America, Internet Archive, and other miscellaneous online resources.

Free Genealogy Resources on the Web

Researching German Newspapers
by Jeffrey G. Herbert (May 9, 2015 Meeting)

This presentation provided information on the usefulness of using local German newspapers to research German ancestors. It included tips on reading and translating old German fonts and text, and where to find existing newspapers in the United States. Following is the speaker's handout:

Researching German Newspapers

Understanding Your DNA Results
by Debra Dunbar Nowell (March 14, 2015 Meeting)

This presentation was designed for those with DNA test results or awaiting results who need guidance understanding the numbers. A breakdown of each type test was provided: mtDNA, Y-DNA, autosomal DNA, and X-DNA. Handouts included the following:

Self-Publishing Your Family History
by Sandra F. Gustin (January 10, 2015 Meeting)

This presentation was designed to help you decide “why” and “if” you want to publish your genealogy. The speaker discussed how to write a family history book using genealogy software and word processing:

Self-Publishing Family History

DNA--The "Gene" in Genealogy
by Debra Dunbar Nowell (April 12, 2014 Meeting)

In this presentation, the speaker explained how DNA testing has created a dynamic new tool that can take genealogy research from "Dead End" to "On the Road Again":

Genetic Genealogy

German Research
by Kenny Burck (March 8, 2014 Meeting)

If you have an interest in German genealogical research, whether a beginning genealogist or an experienced researcher, this bibliography can be quite useful:

German Research

Ohio Research at the Library of Virginia
by Dr. Joanne Yeck (January 11, 2014 Meeting)

Many families living in southern Ohio have Virginia roots and find that their research eventually takes them back to the oldest permanent British colony in North America. Dr. Yeck talked about research in the Old Dominion and how to break through brick walls, wherever they may be. These were her handouts at the meeting:

Finding Your Way Back to Virginia (Research Links)
Ohio Research at the Library of Virginia

Pennsylvania: Unlocking the Keystone State
by Chris Staats (August 11, 2012 Meeting)

This presentation includes an overview of the most commonly used Pennsylvania records, where to find them, and how to use them.

Genealogical Computing: A 2012 Update
by Dave Vickers (July 14, 2012 Meeting)

Technology is constantly changing around us. From the devices we carry with us to the research room to the computer sitting on our desk at home, technology is in a constant state of flux. In this presentation, Dave Vickers provides an update to genealogical computing.

Hidden Treasures at FamilySearch
by Dana Palmer(February 11, 2012 Meeting)

The FamilySearch website has been recently redesigned. The new update makes finding information about your family or research area much easier. Our speaker discussed the four main categories for searching plus numerous other pages with useful tools.

Genealogical Resources in Hamilton County, Ohio
by Leland Cole (March 12, 2011 Meeting)

CAUTION: This is a very large file and will take time to open.

To any genealogist or family historian researching ancestors in Montgomery County, Ohio, this presentation may open the door to your past. Montgomery County was created on March 24, 1803 from territory that was Hamilton County. This presentation by Leland Cole provided information on the resources available in Cincinnati from the Hamilton County Administration Building and other locations such as the Auditor's office, Recorder's office, Engineer's office, Probate Court, and public library.

Everything You Need To Know About Scanning But Forgot To Ask Your Mother
by Dave Vickers (August 14, 2010 Meeting)

Today's technology almost makes it a necessity for genealogists to use computer equipment when compiling genealogical information. Scanners provide the ability to transfer various documents and old photos to a digital format that can make it much easier for retrieval and storage. Dave Vickers, talks about various types of scanners--size, shape, dots per inch, etc. In addition, he discusses the various uses for scanners and what to buy for your genealogical needs.

Breaking Through Your Genealogical Brick Walls
by Dave Vickers (June 12, 2010 Meeting)

In this presentation, our speaker, Dave Vickers, defines a brick wall, talks about 10 steps used in breaking down genealogical brick walls, and explains the top 10 genealogical mistakes.

Social Networking In Genealogy
by Dave Vickers (October 24, 2009 Educational Seminar)

Using Social Networking in Genealogy was the theme of the 2009 annual genealogy seminar. Our presenter, Dave Vickers, emphasized personal and data security, presented an overview of social networking as it applies to genealogy, and provided awareness of choices. In addition he covered topics such as "Blogging 101" and "What is a Wiki" as well as using Facebook, Twitter and other similar products.

Computers in Genealogy - A Mid-Year Update
by Dave Vickers (July 11, 2009 Meeting)

This presentation discusses the many new developments that have happened recently in genealogical computing.

RootsMagic Release 4 - An Update
by Dave Vickers (June 13, 2009 Meeting)

This overview of RootsMagic Version 4 provides valuable information on both new and updated aspects of the popular genealogy software.

Homespun and Calico
by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen (April 11, 2009 Meeting)

This lecture provided some frequently overlooked sources concerning the women in our ancestry. In addition, a second handout provided the
Top Places to Find Maiden Names

Genealogy Panel: Question and Answer Session
(March 14, 2009 Meeting)

Questions and answers from this panel discussion, which addressed a wide variety of topics, were recorded and can be read in this document.

Tracing French Canadian Ancestors in the 17th & 18th Centuries
by Robert Johnson (February 14, 2009)

The valuable information in this presentation will help you trace your French-Canadian ancestral lines back to your immigrant ancestors and beyond. The discussion includes a timeline of French immigration in North American and mentions many French-Canadian genealogical resources. In addition, there is a separate reference sheet that lists many readily available genealogy dictionaries and indexes that can provide help in tracing your French-Canadian ancestry.
French-Canadian Reference Materials

Computers in Genealogy - From Soup To Nuts
by Dave Vickers (October 25, 2008)

This presentation from our educational seminar provides the reader with direction when using computers for genealogical research. Besides discussing hardware and software trends, you will get ideas on how to manage your current information.

Timelines: A Tool for Organizing and Understanding Your Data
by Mike Kennedy (September 8, 2007)

A timeline is a way of organizing multiple facts into a picture of events and their proper order. Once your thoughts are organized, you are better able to spot problems and to see new possibilities of research. In this document, Mike Kennedy shows how a timeline can assist you from the start of a project to the publication of the final results.

Beyond the U.S. Federal Population Census
by Pamela Wolosz (August 11, 2007)

Although U.S. Federal Census population schedules provide the building blocks for researching our 19th century American ancestors and their families, there are other censuses many researchers overlook. Pamela Wolosz addresses the state censuses and U.S. Federal Census non-population schedules, their importance, and where to find them.

Katz, Cats, Kats, & Catz: A Law Firm? No I Just Don't Spell So Good
by Mitch Katz (May 12, 2007)

This excellent presentation sheds light on some of the roadblocks unique to ethnic genealogy, and ways to remove them or navigate around them.

Internet Genealogy Circa 2007 - An Update
by Dave Vickers (Feb 10, 2007)

This presentation provides an overview of current genealogy software and web sites.

Using Technology to Enhance Digital Images
by Dana Palmer (Nov 11, 2006)

In this presentaion, the focus was on two topics--using the basic features of Adobe Photoshop to enhance digital pictures, and importing these images into Microsoft Word to make stories and biographies more interesting.

Fundamentals of Ethnic Research
by Dave Vickers (Oct 28, 2006)

Fundamentals of Ethnic Research, the introduction to the Chapter's October 2006 education seminar, deals with the "here and there model" -- how to get information "here" that will help you "there". This information will help greatly when researching ancestors in foreign countries.

In conjunction with the Fundamentals of Ethnic Research, the following three presentations were also given at the October 2006 education seminar.

England and English Research
by Pam Wolosz

Italy and Italian Research
by Mike Garrambone

Ireland and Irish Research and Irish Web Sites
by Dave Vickers

by Pam Wolosz (Jul 8, 2006)

The FreeBMD web site is an ongoing project, the aim of which is to transcribe the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales, and to provide free Internet access to the transcribed records. Pam's handout describes what is available through this web site.

DNA and Genealogy: Putting the Genes Back In Genealogy
DNA Glossary of Terms
by Stephen McDonald, MD (Jun 10, 2006)

Dr. Stephen McDonald provides an indepth look at DNA and genealogy research.

Canadian Research
by Patrick Kennedy (Mar 11, 2006)

Patrick D. Kennedy, a native of Ontario, Canada, is archivist of the Local History Library in Troy, Ohio. Patrick has spent as much time as allowable during the past 25 years researching his family history, including the last 10 years, in which he has focused more on discovering his Canadian heritage. He has researched in several local libraries and historical societies related to regions of his paternal ancestry, examined records in Toronto (Archives of Ontario),  Montreal (Provincial Archives of Quebec) and Ottawa (National Archives of Canada), and has accessed the burgeoning records available online for Canadian research. This document contains Patrick's handouts from his presentation

Using Adobe Reader
by Dave Vickers (Feb 11, 2006)

A brief synopsis of Adobe Systems' Adobe Reader.

A Genealogist's View of Court Records
by Dave Vickers (Feb 11, 2006)

Where to find court records and the effective use of court records to further your research.

This page maintained by Carolyn Johnson Burns.