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MCOGS Annual Seminar will feature speaker J. Mark Lowe

The Montgomery County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society 2013 Annual Educational Seminar will be held on Saturday, November 2nd from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sinclair Community College.

The event will feature well-known genealogist, author, and teacher, J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA, a favorite speaker at national and local genealogical events. Mark is Director of the Regional In-depth Genealogical Studies Alliance, an instructor at the Institute for Genealogical & Historical Research at Samford University and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and has appeared on the popular series Who Do You Think You Are.

Topics for the seminar are:

  • Land Barons or Dirt Farmers: Finding Land Transactions — Following the land will often identify the Ancestor and family. Learn how to trace an individual through property records and how to trace a specific property.
  • Making Those Early Census Records Talk To You – Stop avoiding those pre-1850 census records. Turn those 1’s and 0’s into clues and lively pictures of your family.
  • Write That Source Down – Did you ever wonder where you found that date for Great Aunt Sally’s birth? Learn the basics of documentation and discover why it can become your most important family research tool.
  • Finding Black Roots in a White World – Learn how to find African-American family members in the pre-1870 U.S. Utilize the tools and techniques that will help you identify and find resources to lead you to a family.

Registration Begins at 8 a.m.  Sessions will start at 9 a.m.  There are Question & Answer periods planned as well.

Download the registration form here.

Accessible Archives is pleased to be providing two annual Personal Subscriptions to our complete set of databases as door prizes at this event.

MCOGS Event Location

MCOGS Event Location


This 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 1:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Dayton Metro Library, 215 East 3rd Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402.

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The Snow Niagara in 1913

The Wreck of the Snow Catherine

Searching for historical information in newspapers and magazines section of the database for the settlement of Nutfield, part of which is now Derry, New Hampshire, yielded some interesting results. One was a rather sad article about a shipwreck of the snow Catherine off the coast of Nova Scotia in 1737. Although the original settlement of Nutfield began about eighteen years prior, emigrants were still leaving Ireland to come to the New World for a chance at a better life.

The account from The Pennsylvania Gazette tells the tale of those Scotch-Irish emigrants who lost their lives on a snow from County Antrim, Ireland bound for Boston. Ninety-eight people died in the wreck and four more died of their injuries after they made land. Obviously, not everyone who left survived the trip. Unfortunately, the account tells of the dead being buried where the Catherine washed up just north of Canso, Nova Scotia. Since this land was largely uninhabited by European settlers, it is unlikely that a burial ground is extant. No further information about whether they were re-interred elsewhere or remained buried where they died was available in the article.

But, like any great mystery, the article brings up many questions and possibilities for further research. For example, what exactly is a snow?


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Michael Hait on Necrologies in Old County Histories

The word necrology comes from the Greek words meaning, literally, “words of the dead.” These lists of those citizens who had died began to appear in many of the county histories published in the nineteenth century. In the days before vital registration took hold in many states, these necrologies provide evidence of the dates of death of many citizens—both prominent and common.

Necrologies appear in multiple forms in these county histories.


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Of Time Travel and Typhoid

As a young teenager growing up in the late 1960’s, I had a very romantic ideas about life in previous centuries. Bookworm that I was, I read a lot of historical fiction. I watched Masterpiece Theater faithfully. I loved the customs, the language and the fashions, especially the hoop skirts popular during the Civil War era. If time travel were possible I would have been on the first train out.

Unfortunately for me, my mother was a medical historian and quickly pointed out to me the perils of what passed for medical care in a pre-germ theory world. In fact she didn’t hesitate to give me specifics about the particular problems of being female in that world… complications of childbirth and the mortality rates of infants and children just to name a couple.


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Henry Hait and the Baptist Church in Thompson, New York

I knew that Henry Hait lived his early life in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, and that he ended up in the village of Coram, Suffolk County, New York. His headstone in Coram reads as much. Yet his headstone does not reveal much else about his journey from Stamford to Coram.

Enter the American County Histories Collection.

Searching for “Henry Hait,” I discovered that he appears in the History of Sullivan County, Embracing an account of its geology, climate, aborigines, early settlement, organization; the formation of its towns, with biographical sketches of prominent residents, Etc., Etc., by James Eldridge Quinlan (W.T. Morgans & Co., 1873).

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