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The First Thanksgiving 400th Anniversary

The First Thanksgiving 1621-2021
This year marks the 400th Anniversary of what we now celebrate as Thanksgiving. Pilgrims referenced the event in two written accounts. a letter from Edward Winslow to England in December, 1621, and chronicles in Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford, both give us insight into their circumstances in Fall, 1621.
Their harvest feast, in the English tradition, was held over the course of three days, and it included feasting, games and military exercises. Historians think it would have been held sometime between late September and mid-November.
The winter took a huge toll on the Pilgrims, and nearly half of the Mayflower passengers died in their first year in the New World, leaving only about 50 colonists. “King Massasoit, with some ninety men” also attended the feast.
Governor Bradford sent a party of men to go “fowling” to bring back food for the feast, and their native American guests brought five deer and presented them to the colonists. Winslow also wrote that cod, lobsters, eels, and mussels, were plentiful. He mentioned harvesting good crops of corn and barley, and an earlier spring gathering of herbs for salads, berries, grapes and plums.
The Native Americans and The Pilgrims
According to William Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation, the first communication between the indigenous people and the Pilgrims was when Samoset came to Plymouth on March 16, 1621, and talked with the colonists in broken English. Within a week, Squanto (Tisquantum) and Massasoit (Ousamequin) came to the colony.
Squanto had been captured as a slave by an English ship, had lived at a Spanish monastery until the monks freed him, and then had returned to his home after five years of exile. He was the last member of the Patuxet tribe, who were wiped out from sickness during his absence, and he lived with the Wampanoag. He interpreted for King Massasoit, and a treaty was formed between the Wampanoag and the Pilgrims on March 22, 1621, which lasted for decades.
Squanto showed the Pilgrims the techniques for hunting, fishing and farming. It is unlikely that the Pilgrims in the Plymouth Colony would have survived had it not been for the help of Squanto and the Wampanoag.
Giving thanks was an important part of the culture of both the Wampanoag people and the Pilgrims. While the future of the two groups would be fraught with conflict, the first Thanksgiving was a celebration among allies.
Mayflower Descendants
While half of the original 102 Mayflower passengers died the first winter of 1620-1621, it is estimated that 35 million people today can trace their origins back to their Mayflower ancestors.
The Mayflower Society has published books with descendants of the first four to six generations of the Mayflower passengers documented. One of our CCGS members was surprised to learn about her Mayflower ancestors. After researching one of her pioneers who came to Clermont County in 1801, she was able to make the connection to several Mayflower passengers.
Do you have a Mayflower ancestor? Begin researching your Clermont County ancestors today to find out!
The images are from the CCGS October Display at the Administration Building, Batavia, Ohio

The CCGS Library

Thanks to Amy & Chris and the staff of the CCPL
Doris Wood Branch for their interest, support and help.
And, for helping members and non-members with thier
research. And for the new signage and our Indian Trails
map on the wall.
And to our CCGS Librarian, Marcia Jelus, our past
Librarian Kathy Payne and other volunteers for making
a so, so much more organized space. For cataloging,
repairing, getting donations in the system and on the
shelves and more....
What a great job !!!
View as you enter the CCGS Genealogy section of the CCPL's Doris Wood Branch Library.
Walking In
View of microfilm racks, microfilm reader, computer and printer
Microfilm, Microfilm reader, computer, etc.

View of tables, Obits files and part of book shelves
Books, books amd more books

You can download and print the Store Order Form and mail it with your check. Or go to the Store, select your items, then print a list of your items and mail with a check. Or go to the Store to order online, using a PayPal account or a credit card to complete your order.

Have you looked at the "CEMETERIES" page lately??
There are now 10,386 burial records in 26 different Clermont cemeteries. Search by surname to see if any of your ancestors have been added. We still have tens of thousands of burials to add to the rest of our cemeteries to finish . If you can work with Excel, are detail-oriented, want to volunteer by working from home, and wish to help with the project, please contact Paige Craig at

More and more obituaries are added daily to the "Area Deaths" page. This can be very helpful in your research.      
 As of 15-Oct-2021 there are 19,665 entries.
Thanks to Kathy Payne, Stacie Ishmael, Lee Ann Pritchard, Steve West and Pat Dudek. Their progress is amazing! Kathy estimates that there are over 25,000 obituaries in total. GREAT JOB!!!!

Kroger Community Rewards
It is time to sign up for the new year of Kroger Community Rewards!  Please show your support for CCGS by signing up today.
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Kroger will be ending the requirerment that you re-register every year. Register or re-register this year and you will not need to register again
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January 8
Proven Oral History
Note: Special date since the first Saturday of January falls on New Year's Day. Presenter: Dr. Deborah Abbott, PhD Deborah Abbott, Professional Genealogist and a past OGS Trustee, will explain how to prove and add to information provided to genealogists from Oral Histories.  She will use her research on her ...
February 5
My Personal Connection to New Richmond’s Underground Railroad
Presenter: Mary Allen Mary is a member and officer of CCGS.  She  will discuss how New Richmond, Ohio (Clermont County) abolitionist and underground railroad’s environment and activities affected her great-grandparents and her own life. CCGS members will be emailed an invitation and instructions one week prior to the event. ...
March 5
What Else is in the Newspaper?
Presenter: Jen Alford Jen is a member of the Indiana Genealogy Association.  For any genealogists, research in the newspaper archives is about finding elusive obituaries.  However, there are many more gems to be found in the news than that.  She will talk about strategies to find more about our ancestors’ ...