Bergheimer to present at Ohio Genealogical Society fall retreat

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For the past three years in October, the Fayette County Genealogical Society has hosted Kelli Bergheimer, a DNA expert from Powell, Ohio, with her educational presentations of genealogical research using DNA for its members and guests. Unfortunately, the Society due to the ongoing pandemic has cancelled all meetings for this season, which include the October DNA meeting.

However, Kelli will be presenting at the Ohio Genealogical Society Fall retreat which is entitled, “Rustic Pathways.” This will be a virtual retreat on Friday evening, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12 during the day. On Friday evening, Kelli will be presenting “A Mystery First Cousin,” on Saturday she will be presenting “Understanding X-Inheritance Patterns,” and “The Human Genome Project Gave Us Affordable DNA Testing.”

Kelli Bergheimer holds a bachelor’s degree in biology, a master’s degree in both education and business management, and is perusing a doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speaking Guild.

The other expert presenters who will fill out the two-day agenda are Eric E. Johnson, Peggy C. Lauritzen, and Sunny J. Morton with excellent programs on topics that include what to do if your court has burned, help in researching periodicals and newspapers, War of 1812 ancestors, understanding mining records, understanding military land bounties and pensions, what’s special in a census, researching ancestors in the old Northwest Territory, and the Scot-Irish in America.

The cost of the retreat is $100 for Ohio Genealogical Society members and $110 for non-members. Anyone interested can obtain a complete registration booklet and registration information for up to six secessions for this event at This is a safe and economical opportunity to acquire a great deal of genealogical information and add to your research skills in the comfort of your own home during this difficult time.

For assistance from the Fayette County Genealogical Society with research, membership and Society information, or information concerning any of the Lineage Societies which include First Families of Fayette County, Century Families of Fayette County, and Civil War Families of Fayette County, you can contact the research chair Peggy Lester at 740-495-5720 or, the lineage chair Cathy Massie White at 740-333-7227 or, or president Sue Gilmore at 614-864-9609 or The Society is just a phone call or an email away even in the present circumstances we now find ourselves.

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