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Rediscovered Treasure

Early Clermont County Common Pleas Minutes
I have been trying to connect two third great grandfathers, both found on the 1850 Clermont County Census, to their parents. The early Clermont County history book and a family genealogy book state who their parents are, and those suggested fathers were both in Clermont County in Ohio Twp. In the 1802 Clermont County Census and Tax List. Both sons married my third great grandmothers in Clermont County and both sons died in Clermont County. I’m still searching for a document that will connect these sons, both born before 1810, to their parents.
This quest led me to examine early records at our Clermont County Records Center and at our Batavia Branch Library. There is a reference book at the library by our CCGS founder, Aileen Whitt, called “Index to Common Pleas minutes Clermont County, Ohio: Feb. 1801-June 1804,” but the original book which was indexed can no longer be found at the Records Center. It seems to have been missing for years. The earliest original Common Pleas Minutes currently at the Records Center begin in 1817.
Soon after Aileen wrote this comprehensive index, the volumes were also microfilmed by Wright State University, so I took a chance and contacted the librarian. Guess what microfilms she found in storage!
The original minute books were microfilmed by Wright State University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives, in the 1980’s and returned to Clermont County. At my request Wright State was able to make digital copies from the microfilm of the minute books. Both the Records Center and Library now have .pdf files of those digitized books. Thanks to Wright State University Library and especially Librarian, Toni Vanden Bos, for all her help.
While the remainder of 1807, all of 1808 and 1809 and part of 1810 could not be found when the above volumes were microfilmed, I hope the surviving volumes will prove helpful to other genealogists!
We have added the ‘every name’ index, found on the microfilm preceding the original Minutes Book 1A to our Resources page here: (
The extensive typewritten index at the beginning of Volumes A (54 pages) and B (81 pages) may prove helpful as an aid in locating an ancestor’s name in the original minutes from those earliest court proceedings.
If you have a (free) FamilySearch account, you can find all of the above Common Pleas Minutes Books, along with those books through 1921, here:
Paige Craig, CCGS Webmaster
4 July 2022

Volunteers Needed!

As we begin 2022, CCGS would like to thank all of the volunteers who have helped our society over the past year, especially on our cemetery and obituary projects.
We are now asking for additional volunteers to assist with an exciting new project CCGS will be doing over the next few months. Some CCGS Trustees met with members of the staff from the Records Management Division, the Clermont County Probate Court Judge, and a representative from FamilySearch. CCGS has decided to help prepare case files stored in our archives at the Records Center so FamilySearch can digitize and publish them online. There are over 40 boxes of case files. We are not sure what is contained in each box, but a sampling has shown guardianships, administration of estates, and other probate records from the 1800’s. Information contained in each case file is different, but parents and children listed in some of the documents are of particular genealogical importance.
Volunteers are needed to go to the Clermont County Records Center at 2425 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia, OH 45103, during regular business hours Monday through Friday, weather permitting. Volunteers will prepare the Probate Case Files at the Records Center for digitization by FamilySearch. Volunteers will wear gloves, open the individual packets, flatten the documents, place them into acid free file folders, and record general information about the content of the folder. Please help us spread the word to potential volunteers or consider assisting us yourself. Contact Debra Geesner, president, Clermont County Genealogical Society, at or by calling and leaving a voicemail at 513-723-3423.

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 their
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 7 Jan 2022, there are 20,292 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.
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!!

September 10
Clermont County Genealogical Society Heritage Day Luncheon
Program: "Julia Boggs Dent Grant" Wife of 18th president Ulysses S. Grant Presenter: Joyce Lovins Browning Enjoy this luncheon and celebrate the Induction of New Members of First Families, Settlers and Builders, Century Families, and the new Civil War Lineage Societies. Cost: $30 per person Check-In: 11:00-11:30 AM, Luncheon and Program: ...
October 1
OGS Website Presentation
Presenter: Linda Swanson, OGS, Library Collections Manager The Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) is the largest state genealogy society in the U.S.  It’s the premier gateway for discovering Ohio family history roots.  Their Library, the Samuel D. Isaly Library, is Ohio’s top repository for Ohio genealogical information.  The new OGS ...