Genealogical Society to hold WWI heritage tour


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The Fayette County Genealogical Society will be presenting a “Washington Cemetery’s World War I Heritage” tour later this month.

The tour is currently scheduled for Monday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m. This will be a walking tour of the Washington Cemetery highlighting its WWI history along with other notable features.

The tour will be led by local educator, historian and member of Ohio World War I Centennial Committee, Paul LaRue. The tour will meet near the fountain in the cemetery.

In case of bad weather, the program will be presented in the Judy Chapel at the cemetery. The tour is open to members along with the public and should be of great interest to all our veterans.

In other recent news from the Genealogical Society, due to the lifting of the pandemic restrictions in the state of Ohio, the Society is resuming in-person meetings beginning this month.

Other upcoming meetings of the Society for this season include the annual August picnic. The picnic will take place at the home of Cathy and Doug White at 1110 Golfview Drive on the evening of Monday, Aug. 16. The picnic will take place sun or rain and details will be announced.

On Monday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m., the Society will meet for the first time in its new location in the downstairs meeting room in the newly-remodeled Fayette County Economic Development Building at 101 E. East St. in Washington C.H. During this meeting, members and guests are asked to bring family stories, mementos or pictures to share.

Kelli Bergheimer, DNA expert from Powell, will present “A Case Study: A Mystery First Cousin” on Monday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Economic Building.

The program, “Japanese War Brides,” will be presented by Brad Bear of Bear Media Services, formally with Ohio University, on Monday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Economic Building. Mr. Bear’s program is being rescheduled from June due to illness.

The Society will end its 2021 season with a Holiday Dinner at the Bereman-Dahl House, 501 E. Market St., on Monday, Dec. 20. Both the May 2020 and 2021 Lineage Society Dinners had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the inductees for the Societies of First Families of Fayette County, Century Families of Fayette County, and Civil War Families of Fayette who would have been inducted in May of 2020 and 2021 will be honored at this holiday dinner. Further details of the dinner will be announced.

Anyone wanting further information concerning the July 19 cemetery tour, upcoming meetings, membership in the Society, research, or induction into any of the Families of Fayette County Societies can contact Lineage Chair Cathy Massie White at ReunionMassie@yahoo.com or 740-333-772, Research Chair Peggy Lester at peggylester09@gmail.com or 1-740-495-5720 or President Sue Gilmore at suegilmore@yahoo.com or 614-864-9609.

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