Chapter Management Seminar

Sunday, December 27, 2015


The Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) is proud to announce the formation of its fifth lineage society, The Society of Families of the Old Northwest Territory (SFONT). This new lineage society will be open to both members and non-members. Applications will be accepted starting on January 1, 2016 with the first induction ceremony to be held during the 2017 annual conference in Sandusky, Ohio. More information can be found here. This is the first lineage society available to individuals who are not OGS members.

 

Eligibility

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. Please check the SFONT Rules and Procedures for additional qualifications for membership.

All SFONT society applications must be accompanied by proof of descent and the payment of a non-refundable $40 application fee for OGS members or $60 for non-OGS members. Applications must first be approved by the appropriate lineage society committee and then by the Ohio Genealogical Society's Board of Trustees.

If you are not a member of OGS, you can join here. A single membership is $35.

Induction

The charter Induction of new members into SFONT will be held at the annual OGS Conference in April 2017.

Questions

Questions about the Society of the Families of the Old Northwest Territory may be directed to Eric E. Johnson, SFONT Chair, at sfont@ogs.org
 

Downloads

Society of the Families of the Old Northwest Territory Application Form
Society of the Families of the Old Northwest Territory Rules and Procedures
Lineage Society Rules and Application Procedures
Tips for Applying to an OGS Lineage Society

The application forms found here allow applicants to enter lineage information directly into the application fields. We recommend that applicants download and install Foxit Reader, a free and easy-to-use PDF document viewer for Windows that allows completed applications to be saved on your computer.

You may also contact OGS for an application form and rules by
Email: ogs@ogs.org
Phone: (419) 886-1903
Mail: OGS, 611 State Route 97 West, Bellville OH 44813-8813.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Do You Have a Wild Streak?

Do You Have a Wild Streak?

While the 2016 Conference is just a little over four months away, work is already underway for the 2017 OGS Conference! 
The 2017 conference committee has chosen Genealogy Gone Wild for the conference theme.  The committee is exploring a number of, shall we say, non-traditional sessions, as well as the normal conference favorites which include:
  •   Ohio history, its records, and repositories
  •   Ethnic (African American, German, Irish, Polish, etc.)
  •   Religious groups
  •   Migration into, within, and out of Ohio
  •   Origins of early Ohio settlers



Other topics of interest that will be considered:

  •   Land and military records;
  •   Technology, including DNA; mobile devices and apps;
  •   Methodology, analysis, and problem solving in genealogical research.



We are looking for presenters who are willing to go “wild” with us!   Do you have a presentation or two or three that YOU would like to present?  Have you heard a speaker somewhere you feel would make a wonderful addition to our conference? Let us hear from you!  As the conference theme implies, the program committee is specifically seeking new, unusual, and dynamic proposals. Interested speakers are strongly encouraged to submit multiple proposals for either one-hour general sessions, or two-hour workshops. There is no limit to the number of proposals a speaker may submit. The deadline for submission of lecture proposals is May 31, 2016.



The 2017 OGS Call for Papers can be found on the Ohio Genealogical Society’s website. This will include all the guidelines and requirements for speaker proposals. The 2017 conference committee is looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Building OGS through Online Fundraising



Tomorrow, December 1st, is “Giving Tuesday”, a day on which end-of-year donors are encouraged to remember charitable institutions like the Ohio Genealogical Society through online giving. More specifically, OGS is participating in the brand new RichlandGives program, sponsored by the Richland County Foundation, to encourage giving to Richland County organizations. Click on this RichlandGives link and make an online donation to OGS – today or tomorrow, “Giving Tuesday”.


OGS has also signed up with the AmazonSmile program. When making an online purchase at Amazon.com this Christmas season, you may have noticed the AmazonSmile popup box. You are encouraged to select a charitable organization. Type in “Ohio Genealogical Society” and chose the one in Bellville (or your favorite chapter – some are registered under the parent organization name). Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to the Ohio Genealogical Society. You can also bookmark our AmazonSmile organizational link(click here) and support us every time you shop.

At the OGS Fall Conference this year, speaker Thomas MacEntee gave the audience an enlightening presentation on the subject of Affiliate Marketing. In this situation, a genealogy product is mentioned in our blog, emails, or website and OGS would get a percentage of any purchases through the link. Several such affiliates are already listed in our website online store.
 
“Social fundraising” grew 70% in 2014 and is on track for a similar increase in 2015. Our own GoFundMe drive to raise money for some shelving additions worked for us this year. Online giving is a new area for the Ohio Genealogical Society and we are certainly paying close attention!

#richlandgives

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

HINT FOR THE DAY: Use Your Library Catalog!



One of the additions to www.familysearch.org this year are the camera and microfilm icons in the main library catalog under the “Search” tab. Search for your county of interest in the locality field and check out all the subject divisions. I was working under “Taxation” today for a library patron and discovered a camera icon next to the tax roll number for that county. I clicked on it and there were the images! I immediately went to the Ohio database list thinking they had added more counties to the Ohio Tax Records 1800-1850 image set [that OGS volunteers indexed], but it only contained the same 11 counties -- no change in these records since 2011. I double-checked my home county of Huron – all 7 rolls of tax records available digitally from the catalog link. Many books have also been scanned and are available through links from the catalog. All these resources may be found with a catalog search and not necessarily by viewing the traditional database lists on FamilySearch. Yes, the Ohio Genealogical Society even provides links to digitized books in its online library catalog – www.ogs.org – What strange things librarians do! Be sure to use that library catalog! 

Tom Neel, OGS Library Director

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Online registration is now available for the 2016 Ohio Genealogical Society's conference to be held April 28-30, 2016 at Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, Ohio. The online registration offers a streamlined convenient method to easily register for this great conference.

Here you will find outlines and schedules for speakers, events, and meals. Hotel registration must be made separately.

There are several workshops, fun events, and more.

Register early as some workshops are limited in space.

Visit us at www.ogsconference.org

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Richland Gives



The Ohio Genealogical Society is participating in something called Richland Gives – www.richlandgives.org  This is a day of giving set for Tuesday, December 1, 2015. It is designed to encourage everyone to contribute to non-profit organizations in Richland County, Ohio on that day. The Richland County Foundation in cooperation with the Razoo Foundation has designed the site based on a similar annual campaign in Columbus, Ohio and other communities nationwide.

OGS has already sent out its end-of-year fundraising plea to its members. If you give directly to OGS, 100% of your donation will go to our organization, so that is always recommended. However, this Richland Gives program will be widely publicized in North Central Ohio and should reach thousands of people who have never heard of our group. We also hope that you share any Richland Gives messages that come across your Facebook page because that will reach even more potential donors that might be new to OGS. We will get 93.1% of funds coming to us through Richland Gives. The remaining 6.9% is used for administration and especially advertising.

Check out the Ohio Genealogical Society donation page on Richland Gives and also take a look at the nearly 60 organizations who will be vying for your donation on December 1st. The goal is to build capacity at non-profit agencies and to make the community stronger.  Because this is going out to every 501(c)(3) organization’s mailing list in Richland County, we have the chance of getting many new donors and members. Remember your normal mail-in contribution to the Ohio Genealogical Society but feel free to check out Richland Gives on December 1st especially if you like to participate in online contribution campaigns for charity. Let’s see how many donors OGS can get!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

SOCIETY of FAMILIES of the OLD NORTHWEST TERRITORY

The Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) is proud to announce the formation of its fifth lineage society, The Society of Families of the Old Northwest Territory (SFONT). This new lineage society will be open to both members and non-members. Applications will be accepted starting on January 1, 2016 with the charter induction ceremony to be held during the 2017 annual conference in Sandusky, Ohio.


 




The Old Northwest Territory, officially called the United States Territory Northwest of the Ohio River, was created by the U.S. Congress through the Northwest Ordinance, and it existed between 13 July 1787 and 3 March 1803. The territory encompassed today’s Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. 

It was the first organized area within the United States to outlaw slavery, establish freedom of religion, create public education, and provide inheritance laws for widows and their children. The Northwest Ordinance foreshadows the first ten amendments to the U.S. Bill of Rights.

This new lineage society will not only honor the memory of American ancestors living within the boundaries of the Old Northwest Territory but also those of Native American, French and British ancestry who were living in this area prior to this territory becoming a part of the United States.

The French established Cahokia (Illinois) in 1699 and Detroit (Michigan) in 1701. Other settlements were also founded by the French. The British received this territory after the French and Indian Wars and then the territory become a part of the United States after the Revolutionary War.

The applicants must prove one of three conditions for membership.
A) Your ancestor must have lived in what is now Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin or eastern Minnesota (east of the Mississippi River) between 13 July 1787 and when the Indiana Territory was created on 7 May 1800; 
B) Your ancestor must have lived in what is now Ohio or Michigan between 13 July 1787 and when Ohio became a state on 3 March 1803;
C) Your ancestor must have 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.


Applicants are also eligible for admission to SFONT under the following conditions:
 1) A native American who is a legal member of an existing Indian tribe which once lived within the boundaries of the Old Northwest Territory prior to 3 March 1803; 
2) A citizen of France who lived within the boundaries of the Old Northwest Territory prior to 10 February 1763 (Treaty of Paris). 
3) A subject of Great Britain who lived within the boundaries of the Old Northwest Territory prior to 29 February 1796 (Jay Treaty);
 4) A citizen of the State of Virginia who lived in the County of Illinois between October 1778 and 1 March 1784.  
5) A soldier from the armies of either France or Great Britain who was stationed within the boundaries of the Old Northwest Territory prior to 10 February 1763 for a French veteran and prior to 1 March 1796 for a British veteran; 
6) A soldier from the United States Army who was stationed within the boundaries of the Old Northwest Territory prior to 3 March 1803; 
7) An American who illegally settled within the Old Northwest Territory and who later took up legal residence. These settlers are commonly called “squatters.”

A member of SFONT may also be a descendant of one of the following men who were civil officers in the Old Northwest Territory: Arthur St. Clair, Territorial Governor; John Cleves Symmes, Supreme Court member; James Mitchell Varnum, Supreme Court member; Samuel Holden Parsons, Supreme Court member; Winthrop Sargent, Secretary; William Henry Harrison, Secretary and later a non-voting delegate to the U.S. Congress; Charles Willing Byrd, Secretary; William McMillan, non-voting delegate to the U.S. Congress; and Paul Fearing, non-voting delegate to the U.S. Congress.

Supplemental applications may be submitted after the original application has been approved for the original applicant. Deadline for applications is 31 December of each year. Applications must be delivered to OGS or be postmarked by that date.

Applicants who are not accepted during the year in which they apply will have their applications filed at OGS headquarters for a five-year period. Applicants will have five years in which to submit sufficient documentation for acceptance. After this five-year period, a new application and application fee must be submitted.

All applications must be signed by the applicant or by a person who compiled the application for the applicant. Unsigned applications will not be reviewed. Final acceptance is up to the committee chair. Illegitimacy is not grounds for denial. However, only blood lines are eligible. Adoptive lines are not eligible.

Applicants, eighteen (18) years or older, who can prove satisfactory lineal descent of one who lived in the Old Northwest Territory, according to the Society’s rules and guidelines, shall be eligible to join this Society. Applicants do not have to be members of the OGS.

OGS members will be able to join this Society for a fee of $40. Non-OGS members will have an application fee of $60. Application fees are non-refundable. All files and documentation submitted in the application become the property of the Ohio Genealogical Society.

Approved applicants will receive a certificate and a medal at an annual banquet to be held in conjunction with the yearly spring OGS conference. Only one pin will be issued to each approved member. You are encouraged to attend the banquet to receive your recognition.

For many applicants this will be a challenging undertaking in order to prove ancestry since they will not only be dealing with American records but also French and British colonial records. The application form, rules & guidelines will be available on the OGS website by the end of the year.