German-American Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati Deutsch-Amerikanische Bürger-Liga von Gross-Cincinnati
German Genealogy Group
The Hamilton County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society had its roots in Wyoming, Ohio in August of 1972, when a few genealogists gathered at a home and determined there was enough interest to form a chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. The group was chartered 5 May 1973. Several projects were undertaken, such as locating cemeteries, reprinting and indexing the History of Hamilton County, and indexing and abstracting wills from 1791 to 1850.
The Chapter has grown from twelve members to over 1250 members in 1999 and celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 1998. The Society has published thirty-one books, including four volumes of marriage records, 1808 to 1884, eleven volumes of cemetery records, eight volumes of death and other notices from Cincinnati newspapers, a Guide to Genealogical Resources in Cincinnati & Hamilton County, OH and more. The Society publishes quarterly 4-page newsletters and quarterly 32-page periodicals each year.
The German Genealogy Group is an interest group of the Hamilton County Genealogical Society that often sponsors German genealogical lectures and other programs. Its members have contributed valuable publications, including indexes of German newspaper death & marriage notices and German cemetery tombstone inscriptions. The Family History Center in Norwood, Ohio has developed a sizeable German genealogical microfilm collection of German church and other records from materials that have been filmed by the Mormon Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. This enables researchers to do a good portion of their research on their German family lines right here in Cincinnati.
The Society has significantly contributed to the German genealogical holdings of the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County in downtown Cincinnati. It is the fifth largest genealogical collection in America. The members of the Society are always willing to assist anyone getting started on a search of their family history. At least eight beginner genealogy classes are held each year at no cost to members or non-members. Those leading the German Genealogy Group or serving as German-American Citizens League representatives from the group have been: Bob Rudig, Shirley Kaiser, Steve Hutzel, J. Richard Abell, Bob Rau, Jeff Herbert, Dan Knecht and Kenny Burck.