SOGS will present family history program


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Thursday, May 11 will be the next spring program of the Southern Ohio Genealogical Society. The guest speaker will be Elizabeth Plummer, outreach specialist at the Ohio History Center in Columbus, the former Ohio Historical Society.

Plummer will present a Power Point program titled “Family History Sources at the Ohio History Center.” At this program attendees will learn about the resources in the archives and library at the Ohio History Center that can help uncover your family story. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to use the Ohio public records, manuscripts, photographs, books, and newspapers available at the Ohio History Center.

Many family history researchers have, at one time or another, come up against what is referred to as “The Brick Wall.” Even after years of searching, they just simply cannot seem to find the answer. However, in many cases the answer is out there, it just hasn’t been found. If your ancestors lived in Ohio, the Ohio History Center is a great place to try to find some of those illusive answers. They hold in their archives many records and resources found no place else in the state.

Plummer is the outreach reference Aarchivist 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 18 years, she has worked as a reference archivist in the archives/library helping genealogist with their family history research

The program will begin at 7 p.m. in Hillsboro at the Highland County Service Center Conference Room, 1487 N. High St. (old K-Mart building located close to Southern State) and also houses the Highland County Health Department).

Upcoming meetings will include the following programs: Thursday, June 8, First & Second Family Banquet, installation of new inductees, and annual business meeting, 6:30 p.m., Highland House – reservations required [contact sogs414@sbcglobal.net]. Looking ahead to the Fall programs: Aug. 24 – Ghost Walk, Hillsboro Cemetery; Oct. 12 — “Successful Census Searches,” presented by Dana Palmer, Sinclair College genealogy instructor and certified genealogist; Nov. 9 – “The Ohio Soldiers and Sailors Orphan Home, Xenia, Ohio,” presented by William Chavanne, childhood resident; Dec. 14 – Christmas Gathering, Highland House, reservations required [contact sogs414@sbcglobal.net].

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

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