Chapter Management Seminar

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, we’re participating in Ohio Open Doors on September 17, 2016 from 2-4 p.m..

Brought to you by Ohio History Connection, Ohio Open Doors is a statewide effort where building and landmark sponsors open their doors to the public for special tours and programs. Join us in honoring the history, design and stories of our historic place! Learn more about Ohio Open Doors at

The Ohio Genealogical Society was founded in 1959 in Mansfield, Ohio. In 2008 a new state-of-the-art building was built in Bellville, Ohio.

The Ohio Genealogical Society is the largest state genealogical society in the United States. Its mission is to meet the educational needs of its members and the general public through the acquisition, preservation, and dissemination of genealogical and historical information. 

OGS is a non-profit organization, incorporated under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) whose purposes are:

  1. Fostering an interest in all of the peoples who contributed in any way to the establishment and perpetuation of the state of Ohio.
  2. Searching for the reasons and forces behind the migration of early settlers into this state.
  3. Preserving and safeguarding manuscripts, books, and memorabilia relating to the early settlers of Ohio.
  4. Securing and holding copyrights, master copies and plates of books, periodicals, tracts, and pamphlets of genealogical and historical interest to the people of Ohio.
  5. Publishing, printing, buying, selling and circulating literature regarding the purposes, records, acquisitions and discoveries of the Society.
  6. Aiding others in the publication and dissemination of materials pertaining to Ohio, including biography and family and local history.
  7. Receiving and holding gifts and bequests from any source for the benefit of the Society, disposing of such gifts and bequests not needed and using funds derived therefrom solely for the purposes of the Society.
  8. Doing all things incidental to the perpetuation of the purposes of the Society, and exercising the powers legally and properly requisite thereto.
With the fast-growing hobby of genealogy, the Samuel D. Isaly Library of the Ohio Genealogical Society is a research center for all who are interested in finding their ancestors.

We will hold an open house on Saturday, September  17, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. Stop in and learn more about how to research your ancestors. Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, August 25, 2016


It will be another busy weekend at the Ohio Genealogical Society library as our 2016 Summer Sessions are winding down. Deborah Abbott, PhD, will speak on "Researching Funeral Home Records" on Friday, August 26th, at 10:00 AM. Mary Milne Jamba will present "An Introduction to Autosomal DNA" on Saturday, August 27th, at 1:00 PM. Both programs are offered free of charge and you do not have to be an OGS member to attend - although we encourage you to join (just $35). Classes are held at the Samuel D. Isaly Library of the Ohio Genealogical Society, 611 State Route 97 W, Bellville. Give yourself a few extra minutes for your drive in case you get held up in the construction zone at the I-71/SR-97 interchange (Exit 165). Pre-registration is encouraged by calling 419-886-1903 but you may just show up!

Friday, July 29, 2016


Authors invest much time, money and talent in their books. 
Please remember that a couple of pages of a copyrighted book/magazine article, manuscript, etc. can be copied for your personal research use. Any more than that, you need to obtain permission from the author. It's probably cheaper to purchase the book than to copy it. 

There is a copyright notice posted at OGS by the copy machines. Please be aware of the laws regarding copyright infringement. I'm sure we all want to stay on the right side of the law.

For more information on copyright protocol check out this site.

Saturday, July 23, 2016


Today, at the Samuel D. Isaly library of the Ohio Genealogical Society, a workshop was held to help individuals that wanted to apply to a lineage society. OGS now has 5 different lineage societies, each unique in its own way.
  • First Families of Ohio - you must prove an ancestor's residency before the end of 1820. Additionally, if you can prove they were in Ohio prior to 1803 when Ohio became a state, there is an additional recognition.
  • Settlers & Builders of Ohio - an ancestor's residency must be proven in the state of Ohio between 1821 and the end of 1860.
  • Century Families of Ohio - Ohio residency must be proven between 1861 and 100 years prior to the current year (1916 in 2016)
  • Society of Civil War Families of Ohio - Any member of OGS who is a direct descendant, or a collateral relative, of any person with Ohio ties who served in the Civil War, for the Union or the Confederacy, is eligible to become a member of The Society of Civil War Families of Ohio (SCWFO). The person must have lived or died in Ohio or served in an Ohio unit. Service is not limited to an Ohio outfit. "Squirrel Hunters" and "Spies," male or female, are also eligible.
  • Society of Families of the Old Northwest Territory - Any member of OGS (or non-member) who is a direct descendant of any person who lived in what is now Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin or eastern Minnesota (east of the Mississippi River) between 13 July 1787 and 7 May 1800 (when Indiana Territory was created) or your ancestor lived in what is now Ohio or Michigan between 13 July 1787 and 3 March 1803 (Ohio Statehood) or your ancestor lived in what is now Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin or eastern Minnesota prior to 13 Jul 1787 as a citizen of either France or Great Britain, or as a Native American, you may qualify for this new Society. 
All OGS lineage forms are available here. All forms are in a PDF fill-in format and you can save them to your computer or device.

Of course, there are  a multitude of lineage societies out there. The first step is to decide which group you would like to join. The second step is to read the rules and guidelines for that particular society. The OGS lineage societies require proper and legal documentation of one generation to the next. Proof of lineage must be submitted that confirms that lineage link. OGS does not allow biographical histories to prove lineage. However, biographical histories can be used to determine a date of residency.

What is the first step after deciding which lineage society to join and reading their rules? As with all genealogy you will start with yourself and work backwards to the ancestors/ancestor you wish to honor. Once you have that Ascendant Chart filled out, start looking at the documentation you already have. Do you have birth records/certificates; death records/certificates; marriage records; wills and/or estates; land records; tax records; biographical articles; newspaper articles; cemetery listings; tombstone pictures; etc. for all the individuals you have listed? Do you have the documentation to prove dates and places?

When your documentation is gathered and you are satisfied you have what you need, start putting your documentation in order according to the Ascendant Chart you filled out. By following the Ascendant Chart, your documentation should follow the same order. At this point you are only assembling the documentation. You do not want to number your documentation until the very last step.

Your documentation will look something like this:
  • Applicant's birth certificate
  • Applicant's spouse's birth certificate
  • Applicant's marriage record
  • Father's birth information
  • Father's death information (if applicable)
  • Mother's birth information
  • Mother's death information (if applicable)
  • Parents marriage information
  • Grandfather's birth information
  • Grandfather's death information
  • Grandmother's birth information
  • Grandmother's death information
  • Grandparents' marriage information
  • Follow in this format until you reach the final ancestor
Multiple family lines can be proven on the same application. Multiple ancestors can be submitted on the same application. Females must be proven under their maiden names. All name changes for female ancestors must be documented.

Once your documentation is in order, to your satisfaction, you will now compile your Documentation List and start numbering your document pages.

Your name and contact information is to appear on each documentation page. Source citations are required. Please do not use staples, highlighters, or sticky notes/labels. Make sure you sign the application form.

For those that want to step it up a notch I strongly suggest the following:
Scan all of your documentation in to one specific folder on your computer. They do not have to be scanned in any particular order.
  • Open a Word document or some other text friendly program you may have.
  • Create a header that includes the name of the lineage society you are applying to to the left. To the right, type DOCUMENT #______ and leave that line blank.
  • In the footer, type your name and contact information.
I suggest making the header and footer each about 1/2 inch as this will still allow plenty of room on the rest of the page.

On the first page, type your name as you are the first individual on the Ascendant Chart. Insert a 'picture' of your birth certificate. Make the image so it is readable and a reasonable size. Under the 'picture' add your source citation.

Page 2 - Spouse's name - Insert 'picture' of their birth certificate - add source citation

Page 3 - Your name and spouse's name - Insert 'picture' of your marriage record - add source citation

Continue in this manner until you have all individuals on your Ascendant Chart represented and all of the documentation needed to prove your lineage.

By creating your application in a Word format, you are creating a base that you can use in the future if you should decide to join another lineage group. This format also presents a clean, crisp application.

When you are preparing a lineage application, think of it as preparing a book to be seen by future genealogists and generations. You want that book to be the best you can assemble. Don't be afraid to insert small pictures of your ancestors. It adds more dimension to your application.

If you are in doubt about any step in the process, please feel free to contact any of the lineage chairs. They will be more than happy to assist you with your questions and concerns.

Good luck! We look forward to processing your application!

Margaret Cheney - Chair, First Families of Ohio

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Pesky Pre-1850 Tic Marks

“Ticked Off: Those Pesky Pre-1850 Census Tic Marks” will by the topic of a class by world-renowned speaker Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, who luckily lives just up the road from the Ohio Genealogical Society library. The date is Saturday, June 25th and the time 1:00 PM. We are thinking that these “tic marks” have something to do with the fact that household members are not named in early US census records, but you’ll have to attend to find out. This is a free lecture although an RSVP to 419-886-1903 leaving your name is requested.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Ohio Genealogical Society is pleased to present a membership logo specifically designed for those individuals that wish to acknowledge and promote their membership with OGS. This new logo can be used on blogs, personal websites, and Facebook pages.

If you are currently using the official OGS logo (the image shown above), we are asking that you replace it with this new membership logo. The official OGS logo is reserved for the sole use of OGS.

You will find this new logo on the OGS website. You will have to log in as a member first. In the left-hand column under OGS Membership, you will see a link to Member Logo.

After you have logged in and reach the page with the Member Logo, to download the new membership logo, right click on the image and then choose Save Image As.

Thank you for being a member of OGS and showing your pride in membership.

Margaret Cheney, President
and the OGS Board of Trustees

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

FamilySearch Adding Ohio's Land Records

 The opening up of the land was the major reason for our pioneer ancestors to migrate into Ohio. OGS Trustee Cheryl Abernathy just sent out a Facebook note that her county land records were now online. We checked and, sure enough, FamilySearch has begun uploading deed and land record index images from Ohio County Recorder’s offices. We have found 37 counties represented this morning: Ashland, Ashtabula, Belmont, Carroll, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Columbiana, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Gallia, Geauga, Hamilton, Harrison, Holmes, Huron, Jefferson, Logan, Mahoning, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Noble, Pickaway, Pike, Portage, Ross, Scioto, Trumbull, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Williams, Wyandot. All the deeds are online for some counties but many have just a couple volumes posted so far. Like the Ohio county tax records, they currently are accessible through the catalog. Go to and select Search, then Catalog. In the Place field, type in United States, Ohio, [name of county]. Click on Land and Property in their holdings outline. Choose the deeds from the Recorder’s Office. The film titles with a camera icon showing are the ones that have been scanned from the film (reel icon). I was taught to tackle land records first, because they establish a time frame for your family in a given county. They are also a good heir identification tool if there is no will. We are fortunate that so much is available now online for Ohio through FamilySearch, OGS, and other web sites. Have fun exploring Ohio’s land records!