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Societies[edit | edit source]

There are many societies which may help family historians. Genealogical, historical, lineage, veterans, and ethnic societies are especially helpful because of the records and resources they collect, transcribe, and publish. Often their records contain birth, marriage, death, and biographical information. See "Societies". Archives and Libraries are carefully contributed to and maintained by various Societies.

Genealogical and historical societies often maintain a genealogical file for families in the area and may sponsor publications, which may be found on the Ohio Periodicals wiki page. Many counties have their own genealogical societies and they can be found on their county pages.

One important society in Ohio is the Ohio Genealogical Society (see the "Archives and Libraries" page). The Ohio Genealogical Society has a number of Chapters throughout the state. Many Chapters actively extract and index original records. OGS Chapters are independent societies; researchers should contact them for publications and other resources for their respective counties.

Genealogical Societies[edit | edit source]

  • African American Genealogical Society
    P.O.Box 201476
    Cleveland, Ohio 44120
    Website: AAGS
  • Huron County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society
    PO Box 923
    Norwalk, OH 44857-0923
  • Ohio Genealogical Society
    611 State Route 97 W [June 2010]
    Bellville, OH 44813
    Phone: 419-886-1903
    Website: Ohio Genealogical Society

Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Almost every county in Ohio has a branch of the OGS that actively collects, preserves, and publishes local records. There are many other societies in Ohio proactive in promoting research.

  • The Archives/Library primarily collects manuscript records of the state, including government, land, and military records.
  • Guides to collection[1][2]
  • Western Reserve Historical Society
    10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106-1788
    Telephone: 216-721-5722. Fax: 216-721-0645
    Internet: Western Reserve Historical Society
    A guide to the holdings:
  • Pike, Kermit J. A Guide to the Manuscripts and Archives of the Western Reserve Historical Society. Cleveland, Ohio: The Western Reserve Historical Society, 1972. FHL book 977.1 A3p.
  • Western Reserve Historical Society. History Library. Card Catalog to the Manuscripts Collection in the Library of the Western Reserve Historical Society. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974. FHL films 934566-69; 934617-18.

Lineage Societies[edit | edit source]

A Lineage society is an organization whose members have shown proof of their descent from a qualifying ancestor such as a colonist or soldier. There are early settlers, ethnic, religious, and war societies. The Hereditary Society Blue Book[3] is the annual Who's Who or Social Register of Hereditary, Lineage, and Patriotic societies. It also contains information on lineage societies, including the insignia, the membership requirements, and the national address of each organization. Books, articles, and publications that can be very helpful in genealogical research are kept by these societies. The applications for membership in these societies are preserved, and many are on microfilm at the Family History Library. See the Register of U. S. Lineage Societies (mentioned in the "Societies"), for lists of microfilmed records, and publications. Hundreds of organizations are in the United States, here are some with Ohio ties:

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lentz, Andrea D., ed. A Guide to Manuscripts at the Ohio Historical Society. Columbus, Ohio: The Ohio Historical Society, 1972. FHL book 977.1 A3ohs Digital version available through FamilySearch Catalog entry.
  2. Mettle, Suzanne Wolfe, et al., comps. Genealogical Researcher's Manual with Special References for Using the Ohio Historical Society Library. Columbus, Ohio: Franklin County Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society, 1981. FHL book 977.1 D27g.
  3. Hereditary Society Blue Book (1994), edited by Robert R. Davenport FHL film 1697831 Item 4 ISBN 0806313986, 9780806313986