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The Ohio Genealogical Society has run out of shelf space. We need more shelving units to properly display our holdings. Please help us obtain the proper shelving -- An estimated $6,000 is needed.

Global Family Reunion, June 6

You are cordially invited to the Global Family Reunion, Central Ohio Branch Party. Join us as we watch the New York Reunion, play games, and learn how to research your own familyís tree. Itís free and you can help unite the world, cure Alzheimerís (donations accepted), and Meet the Cousins. read more.

Call for Papers

The Ohio Genealogical Society is accepting proposals for their 2016 Annual Conference at the Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, Ohio. The deadline for submissions is 30 June 2015. Lectures will be one hour long, including a ten-minute question and answer period. Both one and two hour workshops will be considered. Previous speakers are encouraged to submit new proposals. Please limit your proposals to a maximum of six one-page proposals. More information can be found here.

OGS New Publication

Ohioís Black soldiers have always been in the forefront of this nationís wars and the American Civil War is no exception. The state raised two infantry regiments for the United States Colored Troops during this war and then sent recruits to other regiments organizing in the south. Over 6,700 Black Ohioans served in this war and the names of many of these men have been lost in the military records.

The Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866 has the rosters for the two Black regiments and additionally, the names of 1,007 more men who were listed as being unassigned to a regiment. This roster simply states that no "further record found" for these men.

The author has painstakingly researched each man using the Compiled Military Service Records of Colored Troops and he has been able to identify the regiments where these other men were assigned. In the process he was able to identify over 1,600 more Black Ohioans who are not listed in the Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866.

Besides listing the name of each soldier and his regiment, this book also lists the company, rank, age, birth place, enlistment and discharge information, and death and burial information if occurred during the war. The author was also able to identify a number of Blacks who served with Ohioís volunteers.
312 pages, soft cover $24.95 OGS Member Price: $19.95 Order online.

OGS New Publication

OGS has published its second research guide entitled Grave Marking Ceremonies: Planning and Conducting an Event. This 8-page pamphlet, written by E. Paul Morehouse and Eric E. Johnson, is a planning guide for those who want to honor their veteran ancestor with a new headstone or flag marker during a private or public ceremony.

The guide, which can be used to honor any ancestor, begins with planning a ceremony, how to obtain a new headstone, monuments or flag marker, the dos and doníts for conducting a ceremony, organizing an agenda, publicizing the event, and producing a program. Although there is no real right or wrong way to conduct these ceremonies, there are standard protocols which should be followed to avoid embarrassing situations.

This pamphlet is a must for an individual or a group who is about to organize a ceremony for the first time. This detailed, step-to-step guide can help you avoid legal problems which may hinder the planning of a ceremony.
$4.50 OGS Member Price: $3.00 Order online.

Win-Win is Still Available!

OGS is excited to re-introduce a proven membership program which benefits OGS and OGS chapters as well. Effective immediately, new members to OGS may designate that their local OGS chapter receives a $5.00 rebate from their new membership application. This does not apply to renewals. Dues are $35.00 for twelve months for a single membership. Other rates are available here. Download this form and join now!

Find Your Family History with OGS

Tracing your roots is fascinating and rewarding — and tricky sometimes. The Ohio Genealogical Society makes it easier and more fun! Local chapters throughout the state host regular meetings that cover the how-tos in a casual group setting. Annual state conferences, summer workshops, boot camp for beginners — all offer assistance for beginners and even experienced family history researchers. Online databases and educational resources help members find ancestors in Ohio and beyond. Publications target Ohio research and history.

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