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 Business Center, 1487 North High St., Rt. 62.  Enter thru the doors on the right front of the building to get to the community 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 2018 SOGS Programs

March 15, 2018  –  Beginning Genealogy Workshop for 4-H Youth – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Community Room at 1487 North High St., St. Rt. 62, Highland County Business  Center, Mel Haines, instructor.  There is a $5.00 pre-registration fee to cover class materials. Mail a $5.00 check or money order to: SOGS, PO Box 414, Hillsboro, OH 45133, by March 10, 2018, to register for the class, or call 937-581-4619 for more information.

Record your family history! Gather as much information as you can to start this journey. You will need your parents’ names, birthdays, and wedding date. If you can get your Grandparents same information, you will be well on your way for your 4-H genealogy project.. This Workshop fills the requirement for the 4-H Heritage Hunt Project. The 4-H “Family History Treasure Hunt” workbook is available at: The Ohio State University Extension office in the Highland County Court House Annex, 2nd floor

.April 12, 2018  –  Platting Old Property Deeds Marked with Metes and Bounds    Betty Crum will give this informative program.  This program will prepare you for Betty’s follow-up program on: How to learn the genealogy of your property.

May 10, 2018  –  Using the Law to Get the Most from Estates. 

“Even if There is No Will There is a Way”

Beyond wills, learn about records created during the estate settlement process and how to find them. Even if your ancestor did not leave a will, discover the wealth of family information that can be uncovered using inheritance laws. Read between the lines to build families and find new ancestral clues.

Liz Stratton specializes in Ohio’s court and land records. She has a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies (PLCGS) from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. Liz has attended numerous week-long courses in Genealogy including “Law Libraries and Government Documents.”

June 14, 2018  –  First and Second Families Recognition Reception.  Those SOGS Members that have proven their lineages to their ancestors that lived in Highland County, Ohio between 1800 to 1860, by May 1, 2018, will be inducted into the SOGS Lineage Societies.  Information and application forms are available on the SOGS web site to download and print out for your use.

This will be held in the Highland County Historical Society Museum, 6:30 PM.

















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.