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

March 9, 2017 – Sustainable Genealogy:  Is it Fact or a Family Legend?  Betty Crum, Highland CO. Genealogist and author. 

Thursday, March 9 will be the first spring program of the Southern Ohio Genealogical Society.  The guest speaker will be Betty Crum, Highland County genealogist and SOGS member.   Betty will be presenting a power point program “Sustainable Genealogy:  Is it Fact or a Family Legend?”

All families have stories that have been shared for generations.  Some are truth, some are half truth, and some are simply an interesting, colorful family legend.  This program explains, through interesting and funny stories, how to avoid the traps many family historians can fall into.

Whether it’s a proud family legend, a venerable publication, or the claims of an Internet family tree, the unsubstantiated genealogical source is like a house of sticks before the Big Bad Wolf – it won’t stand up to the test.  Betty will demonstrate in this presentation of cases, that many were “oral stories that have fallen by the wayside under the lens of careful research in primary sources.”

Come hear how it was proven that a relative was not shot by Clyde Barrows from jealousy over Bonnie, even though the family swore it had happened.  Or, the real truth behind the “Battle of Mayberry’ from the Andy Griffith Show.  Come learn how to make sure your family history will stand the test of time.

Crum is an experienced genealogy researcher and has researched, written and published three family history books and will soon, along with her husband Dwight Crum, be going to publication with the “Robert Davidson Family History”.  She has assisted with two other history books and is currently working, with her husband, on a three volume Crum family history. She has certified two First Families of Ohio, over thirty three Highland County First Families, thirteen Highland County Second Families, and two First Families of Oklahoma.

Join us for this very interesting program which will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 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.]

April 13, 2017 – Genealogy and Photographs:  Behind every photo lies a story.  Explore genealogical clues just waiting to be discovered in cabinets and photo albums.  Your family photographs are fragile objects and can easily be damaged or lost.  Learn steps to protect and preserve family photos using latest scanning and storage technology.  __Thomas Jordan, Author, Genealogist and Hamilton Co. Genealogical Society Member.

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.