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Researching Your Kentucky Ancestors: From the Mountains to the Mississippi
Monday, August 1 through Thursday, August 25
Researching Your Kentucky Ancestors: From the Mountains to the Mississippi  (Area Genealogy Events)

One thing family researchers know, Kentucky's 120 counties are not always the easiest place for a family tree investigation. To be effective at this task, you must keep your ears open for opportunities and mind open to fresh techniques.

With that in mind, our talented panel assembled the content for the 2022 Summer Seminar: Researching Your Kentucky Ancestors.

For this year's month-long virtual seminar series, we've assembled a group of eight unique speakers to share perspectives and insights to help you piece your Kentucky family trees together.

There are eight virtual sessions, from August 1 to the 25th. Please refer to the conference webpage for more details at Kentucky Summer Seminar Series.

GermanFest Picnic
Friday, August 12 through Sunday, August 14
GermanFest Picnic  (Area Genealogy Events)
IN-PERSON--Dayton Liederkranz Turner Clubhouse, 1400 E. Fifth Street, Dayton, OH 45402

There are a few festivals that celebrate German traditions around the city, but this fest dives deeper, to give a glimpse of the German heritage that has given Dayton some of its cultural identity – all while enjoying an import beer and a schnitzel.

The Germanfest Picnic is back with all the Gemuetlichkeit and many of the activities our visitors have come to know and love: lots of that delicious homemade German food, plenty of fantastic German and domestic bier and wein, your favorite bands playing in the biergarten, the Polka Mass, Culture Display, Kinder Korner and food and craft vendors.

The heart of the festivities is the Dayton Liederkranz Turner Clubhouse at 1400 E. Fifth Street in one of Dayton’s original German neighborhoods, with the footprint of the festival extending to include part of East Fifth Street from Keowee to Dutoit Streets.

For more information, see Germanfest Picnic (

42nd IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
Sunday, August 21 through Thursday, August 25
42nd IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy  (Area Genealogy Events)

Where We Lived is the theme of the 42nd IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy.

With consideration of concerns about travel and group meetings and the safety of our attendees, the IAJGS Board of Directors has decided that the 2022 IAJGS Conference will be an All Virtual Conference.

Challenging the Conference Committee to create an exciting and memorable event, both pre-recorded and live streamed sessions will cover the gamut of the 2022 themes including Philadelphia and Western Pennsylvania research. DNA experts will explain the basics, as well as mitochondrial and endogamy analysis in multiple presentations. You can learn how families lived across the world from small towns of America to Germany and the Caribbean. Those who want to document your family history will be able to listen to sessions on writing your family stories and documenting them through multi-media and networking.

There will be a robust Expo Hall with our Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors and an updated Digital Resource Library. The Mobile App will be available for all attendees and our traditional Family Finder function will be found in the Attendee Service Center. Using a newly updated appointment system, mentors and translators will once again be available to help attendees.

Early Bird Registration will open in the next few weeks. Attendee Levels and fees will be published at that time.

The Conference Committee is looking forward to once again offering an informative and satisfying All Virtual Conference.  For more information and to register, go to:  Where We Lived

Hamilton County, Ohio Recorder's Office Records for Beginners
Saturday, September 10 through Saturday, September 10
Hamilton County, Ohio Recorder's Office Records for Beginners  (Area Genealogy Events)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

On April 30, 1802, President Thomas Jefferson approved the Enabling Act of Congress, thus creating the State of Ohio. On March 24, 1803, the Ohio Legislature met in Chillicothe and enacted a law which divided Hamilton and Ross Counties. This division created the counties of: Montgomery, Warren, Butler, and Ross. Section 3 of the law states: “And be it enacted: That all that part of the county of Hamilton, included within the following boundaries [...] shall compose a third new county, called and known by the name of Montgomery.”

Save This Date for an information-packed lecture and discussion of the many records available at the Hamilton County Recorder’s Office, some of which may deal with or have an impact on Montgomery County.