Ohio Genealogical Society

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Ohio Genealogical Society
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Motto The premier Ohio family heritage resource
Established 15 August 1959
Contact Info
Address 611 State Route 97 West
Bellville OH 44813-8813
Telephone 419-886-1903
Fax 419-886-0092
Email ogs@ogs.org
Website www.ogs.org
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Twitter @OhioGenSoc
Society Officers
President Margaret Cheney, Elyria
Cost of Membership basic single member $35/year
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Purpose of the Society[edit | edit source]

Ohio Genealogical Society Mission

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:

  • Fostering an interest in all of the peoples who contributed in any way to the establishment and perpetuation of the state of Ohio.
  • Searching for the reasons and forces behind the migration of early settlers into this state.
  • Preserving and safeguarding manuscripts, books, and memorabilia relating to the early settlers of Ohio.
  • Securing and holding copyrights, master copies and plates of books, periodicals, tracts, and pamphlets of genealogical and historical interest to the people of Ohio.
  • Publishing, printing, buying, selling and circulating literature regarding the purposes, records, acquisitions and discoveries of the Society.
  • Aiding others in the publication and dissemination of materials pertaining to Ohio, including biography and family and local history.
  • 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.
  • Doing all things incidental to the perpetuation of the purposes of the Society, and exercising the powers legally and properly requisite thereto.

Membership Benefits[edit | edit source]

Single Membership $40.00;  Joint Membership $45.00;  Click here to join.

The Ohio Genealogical Society gives its members valuable benefits including:

  • Award-winning Ohio Genealogy News
  • Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly
  • Members-only section of the OGS website
  • Use of the OGS Library at no charge
  • OGS Lending Library
  • Discounts on OGS Publications and Conferences
  • OGS Lineage Societies
  • Knowledgeable staff and volunteers

Your membership in The Ohio Genealogical Society will help you further your research goals and will also help OGS in its important work of collecting and preserving Ohio's family history and heritage.

Events[edit | edit source]

OGS Events Calendar by Date

Chapters[edit | edit source]

OGS Chapters alphabetical by county name. Many counties in Ohio have a chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society.

Members ONLY Databases[edit | edit source]

These databases are available only to members.[1] They are NOT public databases:

  • Heritage Pursuit (includes multiple county histories from 88 Ohio counties - searchable)
  • 11 databases for MEMBERS ONLY from the Ohio Civil War Center
  • hundreds of Ohio County databases
  • Statewide Databases such as:
    • African-Americans Migrating to Ohio, 1861-1863
    • 11th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Reunion, 1883
    • Roster of the 60th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, 1906
    • Ohio State Medical Society, 1899
    • Virginia Military District School Land Sales, 1814-1815
    • Ohio Birth Index, 1940-1998
    • Ohio Marriage Index, 1789-1830
    • Ohio Marriage Index, 1970-1990
    • Ohio Divorce Index, 1962-1996
    • 1812 Ohio Tax List Index, A-Gibbs

Library Services and Resources[edit | edit source]

The Ohio Genealogical Society has the best collection of family folders in Ohio. They also have county record guides, biographies, genealogies and unique indexes to various Ohio records.[2]

Library Services:  copy service, lending library, meeting rooms, researchers list, scanning and photocopy services, speakers bureau, and tours.[3]

Library Resources.  The OGS Library is an indispensable resource for Ohio genealogy.[4]

  • Over 40,000 books alphabetically by state/county/subject
  • Ohio published histories and genealogical references
  • Large family history section
  • 250,000 ancestor cards alphabetical by surname
  • 4,000 Family Bible records, indexed
  • Century Families of Ohio files
  • First Families of Ohio files, with over 10,000 pre-1821 Ohio settlers
  • Settlers and Builders of Ohio files
  • Society of Civil War Families of Ohio files
  • Various Ohio county court records on microfilm
  • Ancestor Charts filed by member surname
  • Eight cabinets of family files
  • Complete set of Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly (formerly The Report ), OGS Genealogy News, Ohio Records and Pioneer Families, Ohio Civil War Genealogy Journal, Gateway to the West and other periodicals
  • Ohio Cadastral Map Collection (Land owners)
  • Ohio census 1820-1940 and indexes
  • Newsletters from 100 OGS Chapters
  • Original 1880 Census volumes
  • 1000 CD ROM titles, computer stations, Internet access
  • County and City Directories for Ohio
  • Yearbooks
  • Over 300 manuscript collections
  • FamilySearch: Historical Records, Family Tree, International Genealogical Index, and Ancestral File for the World

Internet sites and FREE databases:

Ohio Civil War Center[edit | edit source]

The Ohio Civil War Center  provides online databases and resources relating to Ohio’s participation in the Civil War.

Current OGS Publications[edit | edit source]

For past and present publications of the Ohio Genealogical Society, click here. Current Ohio Genealogical Society publications include:

  • Ohio Genealogy News
  • Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly
  • Eric Eugene Johnson, Ohio's Black Soldiers Who Served in the Civil War, 312 pages.
  • E. Paul Morehouse, and Eric E. Johnson, Grave Marking Ceremonies: Planning and Conducting an Event, 8 pages.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Ohio Genealogical Society, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.[5] Includes Northwest Territory (Ohio) papers.
  • National Archives at Chicago old federal court and agency records for Ohio, U.S. federal censuses 1790–1940; military service and pension indexes, passenger lists, naturalizations, Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest, Fold3.[6]
  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, including Ohio genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.[7]
  • Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, a large repository with genealogies, local histories, censuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records mostly from the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, and the British Isles.[8]
  • Ohio History Connection, Columbus, serves as a state archives. Excellent manuscript collection of government, land, and military records. Also, biographies, genealogies, and vital records.[2] [9]
  • State Library of Ohio, Columbus, has good records of Ohio, and of states like Pennsylvania, New York, and the states of New England which all contributed early immigrants to Ohio.[2]

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Additional Databases Available to Members (pdf) in Ohio Genealogical Society (accessed 2 March 2015).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 89. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d.
  3. OGS Library Services in Ohio Genealogical Society (accessed 2 March 2015).
  4. Thomas Stephen Neel, Hidden Resources at the Ohio Genealogical Society Library (pdf) in Ohio Genealogical Society (accessed 2 March 2015).
  5. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  6. Genealogy in National Archives at Chicago (accessed 27 February 2014).
  7. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  8. Genealogy and Local History in The Newberry (accessed 27 February 2015).
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Ohio Network of American History Research Centers in Ohio History Connection (accessed 28 February 2014).
  10. Archives in Erie Lackawanna Historical Society, Inc. (accessed 5 March 2015).
  11. Home in Palatines to America German Genealogy Society (accessed 5 March 2015).
  12. Discover the Collection at Library and Archves Canada (accessed 6 August 2013).