Karen Miller Bennett, CGSM
I am a Board-certified Genealogist, certified in 2003 by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Certification requires being examined by the BCG review committee and meeting the standards set forth by the BCG Board. I have also agreed to abide by the Board’s Code of Ethics.
I do not take research projects on a regular basis, but I will occasionally consider a local research project. If interested, please contact me for details and availability.
- Registrar, Lima Chapter NSDAR (2003-present)
- Vice President of Development, Ohio Genealogical Society (2008-2010)
- Trustee, Ohio Genealogical Society (2002-2008)
- OGS Trustee for Athens & Wapakoneta Districts (2002-2008)
- Chair, First Families of Ohio (2005-2010)
- Co-Chair OGS Conference (2008 & 2010)
- Program Co- Chair OGS Conference (2006)
- Co-Chair OGS Church Records Committee (2003-2010)
- Vice President, Mercer County Chapter OGS
- Past review committee for OGS Settlers & Builders of Ohio
- Past review committee for First Families of Mercer County
- Speaker at OGS Chapter Management Seminars
- Planning committee, NW Genealogical Workshop, featuring George Schweitzer (2005)
- Speaker at Auglaize County Cemetery Preservation Workshops (2007 & 2012)
- Speaker at numerous local chapters and groups
- Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG)
- Association of Professional Genealogists (APG)
- National Genealogical Society
- National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
- National Society United States Daughters of 1812
- Ohio Genealogical Society
- First Families of Ohio
- Society of Civil War Families of Ohio
- Settlers and Builders of Ohio
- Century Families of Ohio
- First and Pioneer Families of Mercer County, Ohio
- First and Pioneer Families of Van Wert County, Ohio
- Indiana Genealogical Society
- Mercer County Chapter OGS
- Van Wert County Chapter OGS
- Jay County, Indiana , Historical/Genealogical Society
Publications, Articles and Awards
- Zion Lutheran Church, Chattanooga, Ohio, the First 75 Years (2000) (church records translation)
- OGS Simon Kenton Award for Zion Lutheran Church, the First 75 Years (2005)
- The John George Schumm Family, 1568-2010 (2010) (technical advisor, editor, historian)
- “Mary Whiteman: Proving Parentage with Indirect Evidence.” OGSQ, volume 44, No. 2 (June 2004)
I occasionally give lectures to local groups. Please contact me if you would like a speaker on one of the lecture topics below for your event.
Tech Tools for Genealogists, 3 March, 2013, Mercer County Chapter, OGS
Beginning Genealogy workshop, 6 April 2013, Mercer County Public Library, Celina, Ohio.
Tech Tools for Genealogists
Learn about new tech gadgets and ideas to help research your family history and record your findings. Items discussed include portable scanners, digital cameras, tablets, data storage and mobility, and more.
Rocks of Ages-Tombstone Art and Cemetery Research
The messages on tombstones were often the last statements made by our ancestors. Discover what our ancestors were trying to convey with the artwork and carvings they placed on their grave markers, how to locate their place of burial and how to research in a cemetery. (Note: this talk can be adapted for both genealogical & non-genealogical groups)
Proving Parentage with Indirect Evidence
How can you prove a relationship when no direct sources of information are available? Most or our ancestors left some sort of a paper trail that can help us build a case by using indirect evidence. This lecture gives examples of how to prove a relationship if vital records were not available by using indirect evidence and collateral research.
Preparing Your Lineage Society Application
Don’t let your lineage application turn into an organizational nightmare! In many respects, lineage applications require much more stringent standards of proof than the usual genealogical project. Learn how to make your lineage application an organized, well-documented, project that shows quality research.
Land Deeds—More than Just Land Descriptions
You may be missing some valuable information about your ancestors if you do not search the deed books during your genealogical research. This lecture focuses on unexpected items you may find in deed books.
Boston’s Freedom Trail
Boston—The Cradle of Liberty and The Birthplace of American Independence. Take a virtual tour and learn about Paul Revere’s home, The Old North Church, Bunker Hill, and the other historic sites along Boston’s Freedom Trail in this Power Point travel log. Photos were taken by Karen during Boston Marathon weekend 2009.
- 2012, NGS, Cincinnati, Ohio
- 2011, FGS, Springfield, Illinois
- 2007, FGS, Fort Wayne, Indiana
- 2005, NGS, Nashville, Tennessee
- 2004, NGS, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- 2003, NGS, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- 2001, FGS, Davenport, Iowa
- 2000, Millennium, Fort Wayne
- 2002-2011, 2013 Annual OGS Conferences
I love to attend genealogical conferences. Perhaps we have met at a conference or will meet at an upcoming conference. Look for me at the 2013 FGS Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
CG and Certified Genealogist are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by those who have passed the Board’s program of competency examinations in genealogical research, evidence analysis, and professional reporting.