Chapter Management Seminar

Monday, August 31, 2015

Current Officers and Board of Trustees

Are you a member of the Ohio Genealogical Society? Have you been a member for at least one year? You may qualify to be on the Board of Trustees.

The Ohio Genealogical Society is looking for individuals with leadership skills and a "let's get it done" attitude. Experience in local chapters or other organizations is highly recommended.
We are also looking for individuals with an interest or experience in digitization, publishing, and educational programming. 

 As a member of the Board, you will be expected to attend six (6) yearly meetings and the OGS Conference.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Nominating Committee.

The Ohio Genealogical Society is a volunteer based organization. There is no monetary compensation for this position. Your compensation comes in helping our organization grow and helping others.

Nominations are now being accepted for the position of Trustees.  You can find the form here. Nomination forms are to be turned in to the OGS office by October 1. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Welcome to the Samuel D. Isaly Library

Welcome to the the Ohio Genealogical Society located 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.

The Samuel D. Isaly Library is a state-of-the-art building housing a collection of valued Ohio research material as well as information from other states. We have a huge Ohio yearbook collection from numerous high schools and colleges.

The Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) Samuel D. Isaly Library is open free of charge to OGS members. Non-member visitors may utilize all materials in the library by paying a $5.00 per day fee. Ample parking is provided free of charge. All public areas of the building are handicapped accessible.

The Library is open Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 AM—5:00 PM. It is closed Sunday, Monday, Major Holidays, during the annual OGS Conference, and when Mansfield City Schools are closed for inclement weather.

The Stanley and Marjorie Meek Ellis Computer Room features 16 patron stations and an instructor’s monitor with access to the Office Professional Suite and many subscription databases. Free WiFi is available throughout the building.

OGS offers several choices of microfilm/microfiche readers and scanner/copiers. Patrons may make photocopies of books, manuscripts, and print from the computers for 20 cents per page for letter or legal sizes. Ledger size (11”x17”) copies are 40 cents per page. Color photocopies are $1.00 per page.

A lunchroom with refrigerator and microwave is available for patron use. Snacks and beverages may be purchased. Several restaurants are within a 5-minute drive.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Lois McCullough - 55 Years of Service to OGS

Today, I attended the funeral at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bellville for Lois (Robinson) McCullough, a longtime volunteer who joined the Ohio Genealogical Society back in 1961, just a few months short of getting the appellation of “OGS charter member”. Lois was born 4 Jan 1922 and died 20 Aug 2015, and in that time, reached many people through her work as an educator and historian. Her three books on one-room schoolhouses in Richland County will be perpetually valued by researchers. It was quickly obvious that she had outlined the funeral program in advance of her death probably utilizing scripture and songs from past funerals of her ancestors, so dear to her. The pastor, Rev. Douglas J. Pretorius, was asked to read a portion of the genealogical passages in Genesis – the ones with all the “begat” phrases linking father or mother to daughter or son. As a non-genealogist, he said he had skipped over this section of the Bible in divinity school, but added that Lois McCullough knew it well and had a story to go with each Biblical person named in this long list, just like she was the keeper of the stories of her own family. She was now gone but her life story and the story of those before her were now being passed down to us. We’ll now have to analyze the old membership records of the Ohio Genealogical Society to learn the names of our earliest members who are still current. We have lost our last three charter members, William Houston, Betty Reed, and Donna Urban and our members of 1961, Bob Cunning and Lois McCullough in just these last couple years. It is certainly something to lend fifty-five years of service to a group. Tom Neel, OGS Library Director

Thursday, August 20, 2015


The Ohio Genealogical Society wants to help you find your Ohio roots. We have a wonderful corp of volunteers waiting to help you. 

Here is some background information on our Society.

In 1955, a small group in Richland County, Ohio, began meeting to discuss local history and genealogy. Dr. William R.M. Houston, Louise Krause, Raymond R. and Nellie Dent, Dr. David Massa, Dr. Elizabeth Reed, and others decided to formalize the group and filed for incorporation on 15 August 1959, as a non-profit organization known as The Ohio Genealogical Society. The purposes were to foster an interest in all peoples who contributed to the establishment and perpetuation of the State of Ohio, to hold in safekeeping manuscripts and books relating to these early settlers, and to publish genealogical material on Ohio for preservation of the records. Dr. Houston compiled the first constitution of OGS and served as its first president. There were 52 charter members.

Our Society has grown over the years and changed locations several times. We are the largest state genealogical society and now have a permanent location in Bellville, Ohio.  

The Ohio Genealogical Society holds an annual conference with nationally known speakers covering all aspects of genealogical research. In addition, classes are held during the summer months at the Samuel D. Isaly Library, our headquarters in Bellville, Ohio. In October we hold a Fall Seminar with a national level speaker. There is also a Librarian's Seminar held in October that is always well attended.

We are a volunteer based organization and have only 3 paid employees. All officers and trustees are volunteers. We are not funded by any tax-payer monies.

There are currently four lineage societies within OGS - First Families of Ohio (your ancestors had to be in Ohio prior to the end of 1820); Settlers and Builders of Ohio (your ancestors had to be in Ohio between 1821 and the end of 1860); Century Families of Ohio (your ancestors had to be in Ohio between 1861 and 100 years prior to the current year; and the Society of Civil War Families of Ohio (your ancestor had to have served in the Civil War and resided in Ohio at some point). Complete rules and guidelines for these lineage societies are on our website -

Starting in 2016 we will be adding a new lineage society - Society of Families of the Old Northwest Territory. This will encompass the area of the Old Northwest Territory (Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and the part of Minnesota east of the Mississippi River) between the years of 1787 and 1803. This will be the only lineage society open to members and non-members of OGS. Watch our blog and website for more information on this exciting new lineage group.

This blog will be part of the "new" OGS making it easier to share with you the events and news to keep you informed.