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Greater Cincinnati Foundation Grant

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation 
We are pleased to announce that our Society has again been awarded a $1,000 grant from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation , The suggestion for the grant was from an individual who wishes to remain Anonymous. 
Thank You to the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and the Anonymous "suggestor" !!!!

Genealogy helps solve mystery

DNA, GedMatch & Genealogy identify murder victim
For nearly four decades, a woman who was found murdered in Troy, Ohio, in 1981 has remained unidentified until now.
Previously known only as “buckskin girl” because of a fringed buckskin jacket the Jane Doe was wearing at the time of her death, the woman was finally identified in April 2018 thanks to the incredible perseverance of the Mount’s Beth Murray, Ph.D., ’86. a biology professor and one of only about 100 board-certified forensic anthropologists in the world, she spends her time outside the classroom working with law enforcement on cold cases or current cases involving bodies with skeletal trauma.
Dr. Murray worked with Ohio’s Miami County Sheriff’s Department on the cold case of the “buckskin girl” for several years, but every attempt to uncover the Jane Doe’s identity proved unsuccessful. Pollen studies on her clothing and tests on her hair attempted to determine where she spent the last year of her life, but did not lead to her name or her killer. In February 2017, Dr. Murray attended a presentation on forensic genealogy at a conference, during which the speaker discussed using ancestry databases (yes, like the ones advertised on TV) as an identification tool.
Soon after, she began emailing private DNA labs until she connected with someone  who was so certain that the “buckskin girl” blood sample would be unusable (it was, after all, sitting in a drawer at the  sheriff’s station for nearly 40 years) that  he agreed to test it at no cost. As it turned out, the lab was able to extract a useable DNA profile from the blood. Working with the DNA Doe Project, which uses genetic genealogy to ID unknown persons, the DNA profile from the “buckskin girl” was then used to search for her relatives through genealogy registries. A match was found and the authorities were able to connect with that relative. The “buckskin girl” was identified as Marcia L. King from Arkansas. The sheriff’s department continues to work the case to solve her murder. “What couldn’t be done in 37 years was done in a couple of hours, once the genetic profile was in the hands of the DNA Doe Project,” Dr. Murray says. (Emphasis Tom Conover)
While that case received national media attention, it’s just one of the hundreds of cases Dr. Murray has worked on. During her sabbaticals away from the Mount, forensic cases have taken her all over the world, including the jungles of Laos to excavate a Vietnam War plane crash and exploration of a mass grave site in Guatemala.
The Mount has been a home for her since the early 1980s when she enrolled a few years after graduating from nearby Seton High School. She was encouraged by her professor and mentor (and now longtime colleague) Gene Kritsky, Ph.D., who serves as dean of the School of Behavioral and Natural Sciences, to pursue her master’s  degree and doctorate at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Murray began her forensic anthropology career in 1986 and earned board certification in 1999. Teaching at the Mount, however, remains her central focus. “The values of the Sisters of Charity include helping others get a leg up,” Dr. Murray says. “Gene pushed me to my next step, and it’s been an honor to push students to their next step.”
Story is courtesy of Mount St. Joseph University, as originally published in Fall 2018 Mount News Magazine.
Photo is courtesy of Don Denney Photography and Mount St. Joseph University.
A special thank you to Kathleen M. Cardwell, Communications Manager,
Division of University Communications, and Mount St. Joseph University for permission to use this story.


OGS Membership Incentive

OGS is excited to re-introduce a proven membership program which benefits OGS and OGS chapters as well. Effective immediately, new members to OGS may designate that their local OGS chapter receives a $5.00 rebate from their new membership application. This does not apply to renewals. Dues are $40.00 for twelve months for a single membership. Other rates are available here. Download this form and join now!


More and more obituaries are added daily to the "Area Deaths" page This can be very helpful in your research.      
 As of 13-January-2019 there are 9765 entries.
Thanks to Kathy Payne and her team; Stacie Ishmael, Jude DeWitt, Pat Dudeck and Linda Dale. They are undaunted by this enormous task! Kathy estimates that there are over 25,000 obituaries in total. They are more than 1/3 of the way done!!! 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
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Events Listings
February 2
Lineage Societies - What?, Why? & How
    Judith Malinzak will explain what the different lineage societies are, why you should apply and how you apply.    Honor those who have come before you by having the genealogy experts at CCGS verify your research, hard work and diligence.
March 1
Future Events
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April 27
2019 Family History Jamboree
2019 Family History Jamboree Sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Link:  When:        Saturday, 27-Apr-2019, 8:00 am Where:       901 E. Whipp Rd. , Centerville, OH (in Montgomery Co.)   The Family History Jamboree is an all-day event designed to ...