Congenealogy is an informal group that meets from 6:30-8:00pm on the fourth Monday of each month, except December, in meeting room 3 of the Covington Branch for lively discussion, resource sharing, and guest speakers. No registration required.


Upcoming Meetings:

Women in the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame
Monday, March 28, 2016
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Marty Schadler with the Aviation Museum of Kentucky will share “Women in the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame.” Everyone is welcome!

Cincinnati’s Freemasons
Monday, April 25, 2016
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Local author Donald I. Crews, active freemason and librarian, will discuss the history of Cincinnati’s Freemasons. Mr. Crews will also have copies of his book “Cincinnati’s Freemasons” available after the presentation.

Covington Ladies Home
Monday, May 23, 2016
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
2016 marks the 130th anniversary of the Covington Ladies Home. To help celebrate the milestone Bill Stolz, Kentucky History Librarian with the Local History and Genealogy Department, will share the history of the Home along with a variety of local, national, and world events witnessed by the residents since the Home’s founding in 1886.

Previous Meetings:

Topic TBD
Monday, January 25, 2016
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy
Monday, February 22, 2016
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Rick D. Cauthen will present “Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy.” The presentation will cover a general history of the European Jewish Community, Greater Cincinnati resources, techniques of research and overcoming challenges, and a case study.

Cincinnati’s “Frail Sisterhood”: Nineteenth-Century Prostitutes of the Queen City
Monday, October 26, 2015
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Throughout Cincinnati’s first 100 years, prostitution was common and leading prostitutes and madams were well known. Although labeled the “Frail Sisterhood,” these “Women of the Town” were anything but frail. They carved out a business community run by women, offering resources and services unavailable in the male-dominated society of the time. Greg Hand will provide an overview of Cincinnati’s Victorian demimonde, highlighting some of the city’s most notorious brothels and introducing some of the colorful and infamous characters on both sides of the Ohio River. Hand retired in 2014 as director of public relations for the University of Cincinnati. He started out as a reporter and editor for a weekly newspaper in Cincinnati and has co-authored three books on UC history. He currently operates the “Cincinnati Curiosities” blog at



Monday, July 27, 2015
This month Anne Delano Steinert, University of Cincinnati graduate student in History, will discuss the Suspension Bridge and Ohio River ferries.



landgrantMonday, August 24, 2015
Liz Stratton, PLCGS, will present “Authorities! You don’t need to be an Expert to Learn about First Landowners.” Authorities are the many ways the Federal Government distributed land. Some common, unusual, and even amusing authorities will be explored. Learn which authorities created the best genealogical records and how to obtain case files whether your ancestor completed the application process or not.

harlan September 28, 2015
Beth Coyle, Library Associate with the KCPL Local History & Genealogy Department, will present “Literary Northern Kentucky.” Learn about the numerous writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction who have called this area home over the years.



brickwallMonday, June 22, 2015
Open session. Bring your brick walls, questions, and comments to our summer open session. Tonight we’ll open the floor to anyone with a brick wall or genealogy question.



moonshineMonday, April 20, 2015
Bill Stolz, KCPL Kentucky History Librarian, will present “My Grandfather was a Bootlegger: Separating Fact from Fiction.” Learn how the author discovered the truth, using a variety of historical records and newspapers, behind a long-standing family myth from the Prohibition Era.



Monday, May 18, 2015, 6:30 – 8pm
This month Martin Schadler will present information on the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, The Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame, and the first powered flight in Kentucky.


barn_quilt2Mar 23, 2015:
Joyce Foley, with the Florence Woman’s Club, will present on the Boone County Barn Quilt Trail and share stories about the quilts and barns.



cemetery_recordsFebruary 23, 2015:
Cierra Earl, Library Associate with the Local History and Genealogy Department, will present “Bringing Up the Dead: Finding the Deceased in Online Resources.”




January 26, 2015:
Kathy Reed with the Hamilton County Genealogical Society will share “Family Secrets and Newspaper Trails.”




Monday, November 24:
Jeannine Kreinbrink, President and Senior Archaeologist at K & V Cultural Resources Management, LLC, will discuss cemetery research, including the types of cemeteries (Family, church public, etc.) and cemetery records that are available.

November Congenealogy Summary


August 25:

Jeff Herbert, Hamilton County Genealogical Society, will discuss “Using German Newspapers to Research your German Ancestors.”

September 29:

Diane Mallstrom, Librarian with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, will conduct a talk on the Inland Rivers Library and related collections.

June 23, 2014:

Pam Schaffner, Deputy Circuit Librarian for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth District, shared information on finding your ancestors in federal court records. The presentation provided valuable information on the history and organization of the Federal courts, the types of records one will find at a courthouse, the National Archives Record Group 21 (Records of the District Courts of the United States), online legal resources, and the U.S. v Remus case.

For more information and to be added to the email list, please contact Bill Stolz, Kentucky History Librarian, at 859-962-4070 or

July 28:

Kandie Adkinson, Kentucky Secretary of State’s Land Office, provided an overview of the Land Office and shared tips for researching Revolutionary  War soldiers.

Congenealogy Summary

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