On the evening of Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 the Fayette County Genealogical Society met at the Pinkerton House, which was beautifully decorated for Christmas, for the Annual Holiday Dinner. This meeting always closes the year of meetings for the Society. The social hour began at 6 p.m. with the delicious dinner catered by Jason Gilmore served at 6:30 to the 20 in attendance. The members and their guests present were Linda and Chuck Gossett, Peggy Lester, Sue Gilmore, Ken and Jennie Arnold, Sue Raypole, Jill Roberts, Sue Maddux, Don and Frances Moore, Lauran Perrill, Janet Robinson, Mary Stolsenberg, Sandra Kelley, Cathy and Doug White, Myckki Harkleroad, Pam Rhoads, and Jeb Bowen.
Every year the Society holds a workshop at the Carnegie Library in Washington Court House to assist anyone wanting to apply for induction into any of three lineage societies within the Fayette County Genealogical Society. Those societies are First Families open to anyone proving an ancestor(s) resided in Fayette County by Dec. 31, 1820, or Century Families open to anyone proving an ancestor(s) resided in Fayette County by Dec. 31, 1916. The third lineage society is Civil War Families of Fayette County open to anyone proving an ancestor(s) served in the Civil War between April 12, 1861 and April 18,1865 either for the Union or the Confederacy. The workshop took place Dec. 14, 2019 with Lineage Chair Cathy Massie White, and Lineage Committee members Sue Gilmore and Peggy Lester assisting attendees Seneth Rankin from Columbus and Kitturah Westenhouser from Lancaster with their lineage forms and proofs.
Members are reminded the date to pay yearly dues is March 31. Those dues can be paid at the opening meeting on March 16 or by sending them to the Fayette County Genealogical Society at P.O. Box 342 Washington Court House, Ohio 43160. Yearly dues for individuals or families are $10 per year. Lifetime memberships are $100.
The Society’s first meeting of the 2020 season will take place on Monday, March 16 at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at Carnegie Library, 127 S. North St., Washington Court House. Paul LaRue will be presenting “Ohio Emancipation Commemorations,” a belated tribute to Black History Month. Paul is a retired Washington Court House City Schools teacher, historian and educator. He a retired teacher from the Washington City Schools and is a popular speaker. His presentations are always well received and the Society welcomes the public to attend. Please enter the library on the Catholic Church side of the building.
For further information about the March 16 meeting or the Fayette County Genealogical Society please contact Cathy Massie White at 740-333-7227 or ReunionMassie@yaahoo.com.