Chapter Management Seminar

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 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!


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

HINT FOR THE DAY: Use Your Library Catalog!

One of the additions to 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 – – 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

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Richland Gives

The Ohio Genealogical Society is participating in something called Richland Gives –  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!