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:

The 2017 SOGS Programs

Photography and Genealogical Research

Thursday, April 13 will be the next program of the Southern Ohio Genealogical Society.  The guest speaker will be Thomas Jordan, author and genealogist.   Thomas will be presenting a power point program “Photography and Genealogical Research, and Preserving Your Family Photos.”

Behind every photo lies a story.  Genealogist and author, Thomas Jordan, will explore genealogical clues just waiting to be discovered in cabinets and photo albums found at home.  Preserving those family photos is key to passing family history to future generations.  He will also cover steps to protect and preserve family photos using latest scanning and storage technology.

Thomas D. Jordan still refers to himself as the “new kid on the block” in terms of his genealogical experience, but he has achieved a huge amount of success after nine years of research. He has identified 13 of 16 of his great-great grandparents and authored the book “Double Jordan: My Journey Towards Discovering My Paternal Ancestors.” In addition to the Hamilton County, the Ohio and the National Genealogical Societies, he is a member of the African-American Genealogical Group of the Miami Valley.

Thomas is a native of Cincinnati and proud alum of Purcell-Marian High School and Xavier University. He has been employed for 29 years with WCPO-TV, Channel 9 where he is a content coordinator in the newsroom. He is the co-host of “New Day,” WCPO’s community affairs program which airs the first Sunday of every month @ 11:30 am. Thomas is also an ordained minister and currently serves on staff as an Assistant Pastor and Director of Education at New Jerusalem Apostolic Temple located in Oakley.

All 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.]

Upcoming meetings will include the following programs:  May 11 – “Family History Sources at the Ohio History Center” presented by Elizabeth Plummer, Outreach Specialist, Ohio History Connection (formerly Ohio Historical Society), and June 8 – 1st and 2nd Family Induction Banquet, Highland House Museum.

May 11, 2017 – Family History Source at the Ohio History Center.  Elizabeth Plummer, Outreach Specialist, Ohio History Connection

June 8, 2017 – First & Second Families Banquet, 6:00 pm. Highland House, 151 E. Main St., Hillsboro

 October 12, 2017 – Successful Census Searches:  Learn useful techniques to find those ancestors in census records.  –  Dana Palmer, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Genealogy Instructor and Certified Genealogist.

November 9, 2017 – To be announced

December 14, 2017 – SOGS Christmas Dinner – Details to be announced 













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.