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Accomplishments 2020

We would like to reflect on the achievements of our society over the past year in the face of unprecedented challenges.
  • Inducted two new First Families Society members, Mary Rose Gray Barnes and Christopher Ritz.
  • Identified nineteen new pioneers who arrived in Clermont County before 1821 (proven ancestors of the above inductees; you can find the complete list on our website).
  • Published four paper and electronic issues of the newsletter on-time and packed full of information in spite of the pandemic.
  • Held three in-person meetings prior to closure of library meeting rooms.
  • Held four virtual meetings, allowing members coast-to-coast to participate using their computers or phones.
  • Preserved eight books from the CCGS Collection by having them rebound.
  • Purchased three new books and added them to the CCGS Collection.
  • Donated seven surplus books to Clermont County Public Library Branches.
  • Thirty-one people recorded visits to the CCGS Library in the Guest Book.
  • Sixty-four look-ups were provided for people using the online Genealogy Request Form service maintained by the Clermont County Public Library.
  • Five entries or corrections for CCGS books were  made in the CCPL Catalog by Technical Services.
  • Added the capability to our website for individuals to use their credit cards or PayPal in order to join, renew memberships, make donations and purchase items from the store online.
  • Added over 10,000 burial records to our website.
  • Added over 3,000 obituaries to our website.
  • Financially, revenues exceeded expectations and generous donations from members leave us the resources needed to meet next year's obligations. 
  • Submitted article in April to Clermont Sun to promote genealogy and our society.
  • Displayed items throughout October in the Administrative Building in Batavia to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower and Mayflower Compact and to promote CCGS membership.
  • Donated and distributed 325 books dealing with past Clermont County citizens and events to 8 Senior residential and care facilities in the county.
  • Filled vacancies to have a complete Board of Trustees.
Thank you to our loyal members, dedicated committee members, talented speakers, helpful library staff and committed trustees for making these things all possible. We look forward to a great 2021!

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.

Trustee Updates
Thank you to Trustees, Mary Hawthorne and Judith Malinzak, for agreeing to serve another three-year term. Welcome Vice-President, Mary Allen, Trustees Genevieve Johnson and Bev Braun, who will be finishing terms ending in 2021 to replace positions of the two former trustees.
Contact Debra Geesner at: for details.


Check out the "Clermont Co. Links" page!
Links to the websites of several local Historical Societies and Museums have been added for the organizations included in our December 5 meeting. Choose "Local History & Museums" to see the listings.

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 02-Dec-2020 there are 16,043 entries.
Thanks to Kathy Payne, Stacie Ishmael, Lee Ann Pritchard, Steve West and Pat Dudeck. 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.
It costs you nothing to sign up and it does not take away any of your fuel points.
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
Kroger Community Rewards enrollment image
There is no expense to you!!

March 6
I Have a Civil War Ancestor . . . Now What?
Presenter: Brian Rhinehart Civil War soldiers often left a rich genealogical paper trail.  Many of these records are tucked away at the National Archives in Washington DC.  Learn what records are available for your ancestors only at the National Archives, what records are online already, and how to access ...
April 3
A Civil History of Camp Dennison, Ohio
Presenter: Gary Knepp This presentation will tell the story of Camp Dennison (named after Ohio Governor William Dennison), a large Civil War facility located in eastern Hamilton County near Milford on the Little Miami River. During its four-year history more than 100,000 men from Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee passed through ...
May 1
Introducing our New Civil War Lineage Program
Presenter: Mary Hawthorne This meeting will permit those whose ancestors served in the Civil War on either side to learn about our new lineage program. If anyone is considering preparing a lineage application, this is the opportunity to ask questions and get directions on the steps to follow along with ...