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Welcome to the Warren County Genealogical Society

This site was created to aid researchers in finding their ancestors in Warren County, Ohio.  We invite you to become a member of our society.



Wednesday Afternoons - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Join us for any or all that interest you.  Only $10.00 each! 

Register by visiting our 2023 Summer Classes page or calling WCGS at 513-695-1144.  You can pay for your classes online at in advance or bring payment in the form of cash of a check the day of class.

June 7, 2023 - Dana Palmer - "Genealogy 101:  The Essentials to Getting Started"

June 14, 2023 - Debbie Large - "Tracking Early Family Footprints Using U.S. Land Records"

June 21, 2023 - Debbie Large - Got a Pilgrim in Your Pedigree?  Exploring New England Records on"

June 28, 2023 - Kelli Bergheimer - "Getting Organized - Using Technology and a Research Report to Make the Most of Your DNA Results"

July 12, 2023 - Debbie Large - "No Leprechaun Needed to Navigate Irish Websites"

July 19, 2023 - Dana Palmer - "Finding Records:  Using the Resources on"

July 26, 2023 - Dana Palmer - "Effectively Using"

August 9, 2023 - Dana Palmer - "Extra!  Extra!  Finding Family Using Newspapers"

August 16, 2023 - Jenifer Baker - "An Archival Approach:  Researching Your Family History at the Warren County Records Center & Archives"

August 23, 2023 - Kelli Bergheimer - "DNA Sibling Study - The Three Children of John and April"



The 2023 Cemetery Restoration Workshop will be Friday, September 15, 2023, at Crosson Cemetery in Harlan Township.  We are thrilled to welcome back Ta Mara Conde, of Historic Gravestone Services, as our conservator again.  For more information, or to register for the workshop, please visit our Cemetery Restoration Workshops page.  You can even pay for your registration right online!

Society Members and Volunteers

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Coming Soon! Other Ways to Help

Kroger Community Rewards

An easy way to support WCGS each time you check out at Kroger is to participate in the Kroger Community Rewards Program.

  • Visit and sign into your Kroger account.  

  • Click the icon above your name to access “My Account” and look for Community Rewards on that page.  

  • Select Community Rewards and search for us either by Organization Name or Number and enroll in the program:

    • Organization Name – Warren Co Chpr of the Ohio Genealogical Soc

    • Organization Number – SU662

Then, every time you shop and use your Kroger Plus card, Kroger will make a small donation to WCGS!  Yay!

Upcoming Events

We are fortunate to have members and email subscribers from all over the world.  Some upcoming meetings, programs, and events will be held virtually using Zoom to enable everyone interested to be able to participate.

Zoom invitations to Virtual Events are sent via Mailchimp email.  To receive this email, you can sign up using the e-News subscription form at the lower right-hand side of this page or you can use the Register button.

If you are new to Zoom, the first 1:22 minutes of this YouTube video may be helpful:



Flyers for programs and events can be found on our Events page.

Since the fall of 2018, the Alleen Stephenson Digital Newspaper Project has provided free online public access to digital images of the Lebanon Western Star from 1807 through 1922 on the Ohio Memory Project.  These digital images were created from original copies of the newspaper located at the Ohio History Center in Columbus. 


The online collection can be found by clicking the blue button with the title "Western Star ONLINE!" at the top of this section.  A smaller version of the same button is a permanent link located directly above the menu on all pages.


The Alleen Stephenson Digital Newspaper Project is sponsored and maintained by the Warren County Genealogical Society.  Using digitization and OCR technology, it provides free public access to nearly 27,000 pages of this historical newspaper.  There are some issues missing, but the entire collection on hand is browsable and searchable by titles, names, or dates. 


This project is dedicated to the remarkable Alleen Stephenson and was made possible through the generosity of Alleen's son and daughter-in-law, J. Todd and Rebecca Stephenson.  For more than 60 years, Alleen wrote a much-loved column about the Kings Mills community that celebrated and preserved many aspects of the County's history.


The Western Star is Ohio's oldest weekly newspaper that started with the first issue on February 13, 1807, and ended with the last publication on January 17, 2013.  This newspaper covered mainly Lebanon and southern Warren County.  The first publisher was John McLean (March 11, 1785 - April 4, 1861), who was an American attorney, a political activist who served in the United States Congress, and a justice of the Ohio and the U.S. Supreme Courts.  He started his legal career in Cincinnati and moved to Lebanon, Ohio, to open a law practice and dedicate his time to opening and running a weekly newspaper.


Recently, we were given a few complete issues of the Western Star publication.  These are a GREAT addition to our collection of Warren County information.  We would like to expand this collection.  If anyone has some editions that have been saved and are no longer of use to you, please consider donating them to us.  We are interested in issues from any time period.  These can be dropped off or sent to us at the WCGS Resource Library, 406 Justice Drive, Lebanon, Ohio 45036.


We would also welcome donations of old Warren County telephone books or city directories. 

August 27, 2022 - WCGS Chapter Meeting and Program
"UNESCO World Heritage Update for the
Ohio Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks"
presented by Todd Stephenson

Todd Stephenson is a retired petroleum geologist and seasonal volunteer geological advisor for the Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve.  He grew up in Kings Mills and graduated from Kings High School in 1973, Ohio University in 1977, and the University of Cincinnati in 1979.  Todd’s Stephenson Family ancestors were early natives of Warren County (First Families of Warren County) who lived on a 70-acre farm, three miles west of Fort Ancient in Turtlecreek Township.  Todd is a member of both the Warren County Genealogical and the Warren County Historical Societies.  He is also a member of the Ambassadors Group, which is a group of people selected by the leadership of the Ohio History Connection to help coordinate and communicate the status of the UNESCO World Heritage nomination for the Ohio Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks.  Todd is married to Becky, who is an avid genealogist, and they have two adult children, Joel and Heather, who live in Texas.


During this presentation, Todd Stephenson will provide the latest news and status information from the Ohio History Connection regarding the nomination of the Ohio Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site which includes Fort Ancient near Oregonia, Octagon Works in Newark, and Mound City sites in the Chillicothe area.  He will also provide some insights to the scope of the origins of the raw materials that were brought to Ohio and then fashioned into tools, ornaments, pipes, weapons, etc.


Many thanks to Todd for allowing this program to be recorded, and also to Joe Hackman for recording and posting it on YouTube and airing it on Lebanon's Channel 6.  This event was held at the Armstrong Conference Center, courtesy of the Warren County Historical Society.


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About WCGS

The Warren County Genealogical Society (WCGS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to build and promote interest in collecting and preserving genealogical records.  We are here to assist you in finding your ancestors and relatives and have many resources available to help you with your research.  WCGS is a Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society.

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