Saturday, April 28, 2012

Susan Zacharias accepts the President's Award from OGS President Sunda Peters this morning for all her work on the OGS Conference syllabus each year as well as her service on the membership committee and graphical talents designing logos, advertising, and brochures for OGS. Sue was not able to make the awards ceremony at conference and was surprised with the honor as she was preparing to give a class on Genealogy and the Stars to a group of students in the OGS Library.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

NGS Conference Volunteers Needed

Will You Have Some to Volunteer for NGS?
Once you get a chance to look at the NGS 2012 Conference syllabus ( and pick your sessions, you might see that you'll have some spare time during the Cincinnati conference. Please consider volunteering! It takes many, many people to keep everything running smoothly during such a large conference, and it's a fun way to get to know other genealogists.
Registration workers, Ask Me hosts, Exhibit door monitors, Syllabus Station attendants and a few Session monitors are still needed. If you would like to volunteer but you're not sure what is involved, email Jean Nathan and she will send you a copy of the Volunteer Manual which explains everything. If you have questions or wish to volunteer, contact Jean at
The Ohio Genealogical Society and the Hamilton County Chapter are the local hosts for the Conference, and it's our job to provide the volunteers. We thank you in advance!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Just got word from Jenni Salamon that the Podcasts are done for using Chronicling America for your Ohio newspaper researcher. These were prepared by our Ohio newspaper project staff at OHS. Links to the YouTube videos are given below. Enjoy!

Using Chronicling America Podcast Series
In collaboration with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress, the National Digital Newspaper Program in Ohio developed and produced a series of video podcasts that will help teach you how to access the rich content available on the historical newspaper database Chronicling America (
 Podcasts 2-9 provide the basic information you will need to use the website.
 Podcasts 10-11 provide more advanced search tips to help you understand why the results you want do not always show up the way you expect.
URL (YouTube)

NDNP Podcast 1
About The "Using Chronicling America" Podcast Series
Jenni Salamon &
Kaylie Vermillion

NDNP Podcast 2
What Is Chronicling America?
Jenni Salamon

NDNP Podcast 3
How Do I Browse?
Kaylie Vermillion

NDNP Podcast 4
How Do I Perform A Basic Search?
Jenni Salamon

NDNP Podcast 5
What Will My Search Results Look Like?
Jenni Salamon

NDNP Podcast 6
How Do I Perform An Advanced Search?
Kaylie Vermillion

NDNP Podcast 7
How Do I Use The Image-Viewing Screen?
Jenni Salamon

NDNP Podcast 8
How Do I Zoom On An Image?
Jenni Salamon

NDNP Podcast 9
How Do I Print An Image?
Jenni Salamon

NDNP Podcast 10
Overcoming Historical Language Barriers & Learning Alternatives To Controlled Vocabulary
Jenni Salamon

NDNP Podcast 11
Understanding Keyword Searching
Kaylie Vermillion

Monday, April 2, 2012


There is probably no need for this blog to announce that the 1940 Census was released early this morning as it has been an event anticipated for months and years. The free NARA images are available at and since there is no index yet, they suggest entering the 1930 census enumeration district into their handy converter. For example, my hometown of New London, Huron County, Ohio was 39-17 in 1930 and becomes 39-19 in 1940. Images load slowly or not at all today because everyone is trying this out. To explore the 1940 census today, has Delaware loaded as a sample and I had no trouble viewing this. The image was clean. Some actual birthplaces in foreign countries were on the pages I viewed. It gives the residence of each person in 1935 also, a great way to trace migration patterns. as of noon had loaded in American Samoa, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Guam, Indiana, Maine, Nevada, the Panama Canal Zone, Rhode Island, and the Virgin Islands. What fun for genealogists!