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.



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.


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


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


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
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!