Chapter Management Seminar

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Pesky Pre-1850 Tic Marks

“Ticked Off: Those Pesky Pre-1850 Census Tic Marks” will by the topic of a class by world-renowned speaker Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, who luckily lives just up the road from the Ohio Genealogical Society library. The date is Saturday, June 25th and the time 1:00 PM. We are thinking that these “tic marks” have something to do with the fact that household members are not named in early US census records, but you’ll have to attend to find out. This is a free lecture although an RSVP to 419-886-1903 leaving your name is requested.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Ohio Genealogical Society is pleased to present a membership logo specifically designed for those individuals that wish to acknowledge and promote their membership with OGS. This new logo can be used on blogs, personal websites, and Facebook pages.

If you are currently using the official OGS logo (the image shown above), we are asking that you replace it with this new membership logo. The official OGS logo is reserved for the sole use of OGS.

You will find this new logo on the OGS website. You will have to log in as a member first. In the left-hand column under OGS Membership, you will see a link to Member Logo.

After you have logged in and reach the page with the Member Logo, to download the new membership logo, right click on the image and then choose Save Image As.

Thank you for being a member of OGS and showing your pride in membership.

Margaret Cheney, President
and the OGS Board of Trustees

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

FamilySearch Adding Ohio's Land Records

 The opening up of the land was the major reason for our pioneer ancestors to migrate into Ohio. OGS Trustee Cheryl Abernathy just sent out a Facebook note that her county land records were now online. We checked and, sure enough, FamilySearch has begun uploading deed and land record index images from Ohio County Recorder’s offices. We have found 37 counties represented this morning: Ashland, Ashtabula, Belmont, Carroll, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Columbiana, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Gallia, Geauga, Hamilton, Harrison, Holmes, Huron, Jefferson, Logan, Mahoning, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Noble, Pickaway, Pike, Portage, Ross, Scioto, Trumbull, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Williams, Wyandot. All the deeds are online for some counties but many have just a couple volumes posted so far. Like the Ohio county tax records, they currently are accessible through the catalog. Go to and select Search, then Catalog. In the Place field, type in United States, Ohio, [name of county]. Click on Land and Property in their holdings outline. Choose the deeds from the Recorder’s Office. The film titles with a camera icon showing are the ones that have been scanned from the film (reel icon). I was taught to tackle land records first, because they establish a time frame for your family in a given county. They are also a good heir identification tool if there is no will. We are fortunate that so much is available now online for Ohio through FamilySearch, OGS, and other web sites. Have fun exploring Ohio’s land records!