Chapter Management Seminar

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Day of Giving at the Ohio Genealogical Society!

Here we are! Tuesday, November 29th, the “Day of Giving” nationwide. The Ohio Genealogical Society entertains your gift today through Richland Gives -  - and pledges to use this toward the Burn the Mortgage Campaign to finally pay off the loan on our wonderful Samuel D. Isaly Library. We are getting close to our $1,000 goal. By doing so, we hope to get the $1,000 match offered by the Richland County Foundation. As a non-profit charitable organization, we accept gifts at any time but we would really appreciate your blessing today as we work toward this goal. Just click on the Richland Gives link above. Check out some of our photographs and programs. The software will walk you through the donation process. Then click on the magnifying glass (search icon) at the top of the page to review some of the other great non-profits in our neighborhood. We all are working together on this national Giving Tuesday! Can you believe that nearly $65,000 has already been raised for these groups as of 9:30 AM? What a day! A BIG THANKS to you all!

Monday, November 21, 2016


Give to the Ohio Genealogical Society through Richland Gives!
What is Richland Gives? It is people like you coming together to help out non-profit organizations in Richland County, Ohio – part of the nationwide Giving Tuesday. Go to our site: and make a donation NOW!

Why? The Richland County Foundation has offered a $1,000 match to the first 40 non-profits in Richland County who obtain $1,000 in contributions by Tuesday, November 29th, 2016, the national Day of Giving. Give any amount – online only – by credit card – the Razoo non-profit software is secure.

It will also give you the opportunity to SHARE after your gift. This is what will send our campaign to new donors who are in your network but may not be on our membership list. And, in your note, you may designate your gift to the Burn the Mortgage Campaign or to the purchase of new books or in memory of a dear friend.

Sending you a BIG RICHLAND GIVES THANK-YOU from the Ohio Genealogical Society!

Saturday, November 5, 2016


1.  Read the Rules
2.  Properly fill out the front page of the application and sign the 
3.  Fill out the Ascent Chart starting with yourself and working 
4.  Collect the documentation required to prove the facts stated on 
     the Ascent Chart - names (including maiden names of females), 
     dates, and places.
5.  Put your documentation in order according to the Ascent Chart:
          a. Your birth certificate
          b. Your spouse's birth certificate
          c.  Your marriage record
6.  Continue in this manner until you have the documents in order 
     for each ancestor
7.  Use source citations on your documents. Source citations state 
     the Who, What, Where and When of your document
8.  Make sure your name and contact information is on the back of
     each page of documentation submitted
9.  Do not use abstracts and indexes - always look for the original
10. Census records only need to include the family in question, if 
      needed, along with the proper source citation
11. Find-A-Grave information cannot be used to prove lineage. Just
      the picture of the tombstone to confirm dates of birth and
     death can be used.
12. Biographical articles are generally not used to prove lineage,
      but can be used to prove a date of residency
13. All name changes must be documented. Females must be 
      proven by their maiden names
14. Just because you have been accepted in to a lineage society, 
      does not mean you will be accepted in to another lineage
      society. All have their own rules, guidelines, and expectations.
15. Read the Rules
16. Feel free to contact the chair of the individual lineage society if
      you have questions

Monday, October 31, 2016

Using Source Citations

Below you will find some suggestions and examples concerning source citations that will be helpful when submitting lineage application documents.  Also attached is a list of further suggestions, websites, and books that will help you with source citations.

Source citations are a very important part of being a competent genealogist. Researchers need to see where they obtained a record, and others reading their work also need to know where a record is located.

When creating source citations, think of these questions: WHO created the record, WHERE is the record located, WHEN was the record created, WHAT type of record is it.

The Ohio Genealogical Society's Lineage Society Rules and Application Procedures for submitting applications to any of the OGS lineage groups reads:

"All documents must include a full citation to the original source. This requirement is true for electronic format, internet and traditional source documents. Other researchers should be able to use the citations to find the document themselves. Citations may be written in any accessible location on the front of the photocopy or you may include a photocopy of the title page showing all bibliographic information." (Section B pg. 3)

Examples of specific types of sources and how to cite them is then given.

The importance of including source citations is so1) lineage judges can see where the information came from.  2) future researchers can easily find the information.

Some specific examples that often come up are below:

Birth, Marriage, and Death records from online sources such as FamilySearch.  The citation should include where the document is from - not only FamilySearch, but the original volume and page number in county records. FamilySearch includes the source citation for each document.  It should also include the date you accessed the online record. Examples:

Birth : Jackson County, West Virginia Register of Births, [vol. ?], p. 17-A, Annie Johnson, 18 November 1874, digital images, West Virginia Vital Research Records Project ( : accessed 4 June 2010).  From a state online vital records database.

Marriage : "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 12 November 2015), Henry Isanogle and Anne Knox, 24 Nov 1826; citing Jefferson, Ohio, United States, reference vol. 3 p 57 cn 354; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 900,072.  This citation includes where the source can be found, on FamilySearch and the volume and page number of the original from the record book at the county courthouse.  

Death : "Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 12 November 2015), Conrad Miller, 06 Mar 1908; citing Death, Decatur Township, Washington, Ohio, United States, source ID v 2 p 189, County courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 946,210.

If you are using a copy obtained from the original county probate court, you need to include the name of the county, the name of the court or issuing agency, the name of the record set ("Death Records," "Marriage Records," etc.), the volume number, and the page number.  The same is true for wills, estate records, tax records, etc., whether obtained from an online database or directly from records at a courthouse.

Census Records from online sources such as Ancestry and FamilySearch.

Pre-1880 censuses do NOT prove relationship to the head of household. See the "Rules" about this.  Ancestry, like FamilySearch, provides a source citation that can be modified and used.  Some source citation examples are:

"1880 U.S. census, Decatur Township, Washington County, Ohio, population schedule, p. 19 (penned), dwelling 168, family 170, Conrade and Emily Miller; digital image, ( : accessed 9 November 2015); citing National Archives microfilm publication T9, roll 1075."

Written sources.  

Citation for a Bible record:

"Sidney and Salina Shrader Root Family Bible Records, 1850-1869, The Holy Bible. New York: American Bible Society, 1851.  Title page.  Privately held by Deborah Root Shell. Provenance: Salina Root to Franklin H. Root, Franklin H. Root to Esmond G. Root, Esmond G. Root to Deborah Kay Root Shell."

Written source, such as a county history book:

Doyle, Joseph B. 20th Century History of Steubenville and Jefferson County, Ohio and Representative Citizens Chicago: Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co., 1910 pg. 981-983.

For further reading and consultation
“Citation Principles: Websites are Like a Book” The Ancestry Insider:

 “Cite Your Sources” (Source Footnotes)” FamilySearch Wiki:

“Citing Sources>>Citations in Genealogy.” Cyndi’s List.

“Citations: the Importance of Citing Your Sources” Debbie Mieszala, CG:

Mills, Elizabeth Shown.  Evidence! Citation and Analysis for the Family Historian. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown.  Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Second edition.  Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2009.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown.  Citing Online Historical Resources QuickSheet. First revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2007.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown.  Citing Databases & Images QuickSheet. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2009.

We hope this will help you with all of your genealogical research and in particularly with your OGS lineage applications. 

Deb Root Shell
Chair, Society of Civil War Families of Ohio
Ohio Genealogical Society

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.