SOGS to conduct program on ancestor research


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Thursday, Oct. 10 will be the first fall program of the Southern Ohio Genealogical Society. The guest speaker will be Dana Palmer, Sinclair College genealogy instructor and certified genealogist. Palmer will [present a Power Point program — If You Don’t Find Grandma on the Internet: Finding Local Records.

One mistake beginning genealogist make is to assume everything is online. Even though there are many genealogy records online, many are still stored in local repositories worldwide and can only be accessed through microfilm, by correspondence, or by a personal visit.

Topics to be covered will include: How do I access local records and where are they found, finding the records locally, and county and state resources. This program should be of interests to both beginners just starting to look for their family lineage, and experienced genealogists. Palmer is well-known for sharing hints and clues that no one has discovered or thought about.

Palmer has a background in education and received her BA in math education to teach high school mathematics. With a love of family history and background in teaching, she began teaching beginning genealogy classes in 1996 before graduating from college.

In 1997, she was admitted into the Daughter of the Utah Pioneers lineage society. Married life and school caused her to live in five states in a short period of time and provided ample opportunities to become familiar with how to research in those states. She continued to teach and volunteer at her local family history centers throughout all these moves.

Besides being an instructor at Sinclair Community College, Palmer’s other genealogy speaking events have included the Ohio Genealogical Society, the Glendale Stake in Phoenix, Ariz., Daughters of the American Revolution, and more than 20 county genealogical societies in Ohio.

All SOGS programs are open to the public, so join it for this interesting program which will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. The meeting will be held in Hillsboro at the Highland County Service Center Conference Room, 1487 N. High St. [This is the building which houses the Highland County Health Department] Enter through the doors which lead to the health department.

Also, if you haven’t had a chance to visit the new genealogy research library, come early and stop in on your way to the program. The library is located just across the hall from the health department.

Upcoming fall meetings will include the following: Nov. 8 – Finding Answers in Naturalization Records, Amie Bowser Tennant, presenter; and Dec. 12 – Christmas gathering and dinner, My Favorite Ancestor and Why, Highland House Museum, Hillsboro. Reservations are required by Dec. 6.

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

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