SOGS program on prisons, asylums, children’s homes


Thursday, Nov. 8 will be the next fall program of the Southern Ohio Genealogical Society. The guest speaker will be Liz Plummer, outreach specialist for the Ohio History Connection. Plummer will be presenting a Power Point program which covers the institutional records from Ohio’s prisons, asylums and children’s homes.

Records from Ohio’s government institutions provide fascinating insights into the people who resided there. Uncover photographs and find out important information about their history like occupation, parents’ and siblings’ information, and the reason the person was admitted to the institution. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to search for information in the records of the institutions below:

• Ohio Penitentiary, Ohio State Reformatory and Ohio Women’s Reformatory;

• Behavioral health care and developmental disabilities institutions operated by the State of Ohio;

• Boys and girls industrial schools;

• Ohio School for the Deaf;

• Children’s homes.

Plummer is the outreach reference archivist at the Ohio History Connection where she travels throughout the State of Ohio sharing with fellow family history researchers the treasure of the Ohio History Connection’s collections. For the past 10 years she has worked as a reference archivist in the archives/library helping genealogist with their family history research

All SOGS programs are open to the public, so join us for this very interesting program which will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Highland County Service Center Conference Room, 1487 N. High St. [This is the building that houses the Highland County Health Department located next to Jerry Haag Motors.] Enter through the doors that lead to the health department.

The next SOGS event will be the Christmas Gathering and Dinner scheduled for Dec. 13 at the Highland House Museum, Hillsboro. Reservations required by Dec. 7. Go to for reservation information.

Submitted by Dwight Crum, vice president of programs, Southern Ohio Genealogical Society.

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