Programs

Regular meetings of The Society are open to the public and are held at 7:00 PM on the 2nd Thursday of the month from Sept. thru Dec. & from March thru June.  Meetings will be held  at the North High Center, 1487 North High St., Rt. 62.  Enter thru the center glass doors to meeting room. For further information about our organization, to become a member or to inquire on how to become a volunteer; please contact The Southern Ohio Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 414, Hillsboro, Ohio  45133 or                                 E-mail:  SOGS414@sbcglobal.net

The 2017 – 2018 SOGS Programs

October 13, 2017 – Thursday at 7:00 PM Successful Census Searches:  Learn useful techniques to find those ancestors in census records.  –  Dana Palmer, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Genealogy Instructor and Certified Genealogist. Palmer will be presenting a power point program “Successful Census Searches.”

Census records, U.S., state, and local, are extremely valuable to anyone researching their family history.  Hidden in all census records are a host of clues which can shed valuable information about ones ancestors.  Besides the obvious, names, where they lived, approximate ages, marital status, and occupation, there are many other clues which are often over looked.  The information found on census varied from year to year, beginning in 1790 to the most recent released, 1940.  Palmer will go in-depth as to what can actually be learned from the U. S. census records.

This program can be of tremendous benefit to anyone relatively new to researching their family history, as this is often where one should begin their research, after they have learned all they can from living family members.  To a more experienced research, Palmer will uncover those often overlooked or unidentified family clues found on various census records.

All SOGS programs are open to the public, so join us for this very interesting program which will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 13.  The meeting will be held in Hillsboro at the Highland County Service Center Conference Room, 1487 N. High Street [This is the old K-Mart building located close to Southern States Community College and also houses the Highland County Health Department.]

November 9, 2017 – The History of the Soldiers and Sailors Orphans’ Home in Xenia, Ohio.  The program will be presented by William Chavanne, childhood resident.

Thursday, November 9 will be the next fall program of the Southern Ohio Genealogical Society.  The guest speaker will be William Chavanne, childhood resident of the Ohio Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home in Xenia.   Chavanne will share stories and events of his childhood and how the home may play into your family genealogy.

A little background on the home.  Money was collected from taxes levied during the Civil War to care for the dependents of soldiers, but the government mishandled the money. By the war’s end, several families were living in county infirmities under deplorable conditions. Seeing this, soldiers still living began contacting government officials, requesting that something be done to help the families of the fallen soldiers. Eventually, the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), a federation the veterans formed after the close of the Civil War to foster comradeship, financed the purchase of a home for veteran’s orphans in the city of Xenia.

Xenia was chosen because people from Greene County had long been interested in the plight of the veterans’ families, and Reverend P.C. Prugh had been raising funds for the project for some time. Rev. Prugh is thus referred to as the “Father” of the movement to establish a home. Additionally, Chaplain George W. Collier is credited with being the first to suggest the idea of a home to the GAR. In 1869, the Grand Army of the Republic established the Ohio Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphans’ Home in Xenia, Ohio. The “Home” was commissioned by Abraham Lincoln, and was a self-contained community with a farm, dairy barn, hospital, power/heating plant, gymnasium, banquet hall, chapel, and residence halls. Lincoln challenged the states to bind up the wounds of the Civil War by meeting the needs of widows and orphans created by the conflict.

Ohio members of the Grand Army of the Republic took up that challenge, and, through a donation of 100 acres by a Xenia farmer, created the Ohio Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphans’ Home. This institution was the predecessor of the Ohio Veterans’ Children’s Home. In 1870, the State of Ohio assumed control of the home. The Ohio Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphans’ Home was originally located in a rented building in Xenia, Ohio. In 1869, Xenia residents provided the GAR with 150 acres of land to build a permanent facility.

All SOGS programs are open to the public, so join us for this very interesting program which will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 9.  The meeting will be held in Hillsboro at the Highland County Service Center Conference Room, 1487 N. High Street [This is the old K-Mart building located close to Southern States Community College and also houses the Highland County Health Department.]

Upcoming SOGS programs will include the following programs:; December 14 – Christmas gathering, 6:30 p.m. Highland House, 151 E. Main St., Hillsboro.  Reservations required; January 11 — Beginning Genealogy Workshop for youth, visit our web site www.sogs.info or send an e-mail to register, sogs414@sbcglobal.net . Programs already scheduled for the spring include:  March 8 – “Where There is a Will and Even if there is no Wil”l, Liz Stratton; April 12 – “Yes, it Has a Story to Tell – The Genealogy of your Home”, Betty Crum; May 10 – “Using the Law to Get the Most from Old Estate Records”, Liz Stratton; June 14 – First and Second Family Banquet & Annual Meeting.

 

December 14, 2017 – SOGS Christmas Get-to-Gether, 6:00 p.m. Highland House, 151 E. Main St., Hillsboro.  Reservations required.  Look for reservation form in the November Roots & Shoots.

January 11, 2018 — Beginning Genealogy Workshop for 4-H youth.

 

 

 

                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 9, 2016, Thursday:  First and Second Family Awards Banquet and Annual Meeting.  This will be held at the Highland House, Highland County Historical Society, 151 E. Main St., Hillsboro, OH.  Details in May “Roots & Shoots”.  There is a reservation form on page 11.  Fill out and send your reservation along with check for $18.00 per person no later than June 1, 2016, to SOGS, P.O. Box 414, Hillsboro, OH 45133.