The Fayette County Genealogical Society had an eventful August beginning on Aug. 15 with a visit to Mott’s Military Museum in Groveport, Ohio for the annual summer outing. Mott’s Military Museum has exhibits covering all the major United States’ wars from the Revolution through Desert Storm along with exhibits about prisoners of war, NASA, and military medals.
Many of the exhibits relate details of men and women who served and the artifacts of their service. Among these hundreds of displays are large displays of guns, tanks and airplanes used during the wars in the winning and defense of our freedom.
On Aug. 21, members of the Society enjoyed gathering at the home of members Glenn and Phyllis Rankin near Milledgeville for the annual picnic and cookout. The Rankins provided roasted hot dogs and soft drinks, and members carried in side dishes and desserts. After this picnic, the society returns to its regular meetings and programs open to members and the public.
At this time, the Society is excited to announce its fall schedule which will close out this season of programs.
On Monday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m., William “Bill” Otten will present the story of his genealogical search and trip to Germany to reveal his grandparent’s fate during the Holocaust. The Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Local History and Genealogy division, home to thousands of books and directories, was instrumental in Bill’s search. Bill was able to piece the story together of his German Jewish family and answer his long-sought questions of this terrible time. He will be sharing his journey back in time with us.
If you have had your DNA tested by Ancestry or one of the other companies and would like a better understanding of the findings and know how to better use it in genealogical research, the Society will have a program to assist you on Monday, Oct. 16. DNA for Beginners will be presented by Kelli Bergheimer. Kelli, who will be coming to us from Powell, Ohio, owns Mess on the Desk, A Genealogical Organizational Company. The timing will be slightly different for this evening, Monday Oct. 16, with the business meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. and the program beginning at 7 p.m. This will give Kelli ample time to present this insightful program.
The final program for this season will be Voices of Veterans on Monday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. This program consists of a series of interviews with veterans of Fayette County from several wars covering their military service experiences. The program will be presented by either Glenn Rankin or the program’s author, Harry Wright of Washington Court House.
All three programs will be presented in the meeting room of Carnegie Library, 127 S. North St., Washington Court House. Please use the doors on the St. Colman Catholic Church side of the building. We hope to see you Monday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. for the beginning of our fall series.
For any additional information concerning these meetings or the Fayette County Genealogical Society, contact Cathy Massie White at 740-333-7227 or ReunionMassie@yahoo.com.