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OGS Lineage Societies: General Information

All lineage society applicants should download Lineage Society Rules and Application Procedures as well as Tips for Applying to an OGS Lineage Society. All lineage society applications must be accompanied by proof of descent and the payment of a non-refundable $40 application fee. Applications must first be approved by the appropriate lineage society committee and then by the Ohio Genealogical Society's Board of Trustees. The application forms found here allow applicants to enter lineage information directly into the application fields. We recommend that applicants download and install Foxit Reader 4.3, a free and easy-to-use PDF document viewer for Windows that allows completed applications to be saved on your computer. Downloadable files containing the membership criteria, rules, applications, procedures, documentation pages and chairperson contact information for each lineage society is found below. You may also contact OGS for an application form and rules by emailing ogs@ogs.org calling OGS at(419) 886-1903; or by mailing OGS, 611 State Route 97 West, Bellville OH 44813-8813.

First Families of Ohio (FFO)

Any member of OGS who is a direct descendant of an individual who settled in the area now encompassed by the State of Ohio by the end of 1820 may become a member of the First Families of Ohio (FFO). Induction of new members into FFO is held at a special banquet during the annual OGS Conference. Inductees receive a certificate and medal, and those who prove ancestors who resided in Ohio by 1803 or before receive the FFO 1803 Bicentennial pin. This special commemorative pin, introduced in 2006, was created to honor the earliest pioneers in the state of Ohio and can be worn alone or on the FFO ribbon. FFO members inducted before 2006 who have already proved that an ancestor resided in Ohio by 1803 may request an 1803 pin from the OGS Library in Bellville, one pin per member. A $2 shipping and handling fee should accompany each request. Please add $.50 for each additional 1803 pin if several qualifying FFO members are from the same family and the pins are shipped to the same address. Questions about First Families of Ohio may be directed to Margaret Cheney, FFO Chair, at ffo@ogs.org.

Click here for an application form to join First Families of Ohio.
Click here for First Family of Ohio documentation pages.
Search the FFO Roster

Settlers and Builders of Ohio (SBO)

Any member of OGS who is a direct descendant of an individual who settled in the area now encompassed by the State of Ohio between 1 January 1821 and 31 December 1860 may become a member of Settlers and Builders of Ohio (SBO). Induction of new members of SBO is held at the annual OGS Conference in April. Questions may be directed to Cheryl Brown Abernathy, SBO Chair, at sbo@ogs.org.

Click here for an application form to join Settlers and Builders of Ohio.
Click here for Settlers and Builders of Ohio documentation pages.
Search the SBO Roster

Society of Civil War Families of Ohio (SCWFO)

Any member of OGS who is a direct descendant, or a collateral relative, of any person with Ohio ties who served in the Civil War, for the Union or the Confederacy, is eligible to become a member of The Society of Civil War Families of Ohio (SCWFO). The person must have lived or died in Ohio or served in an Ohio unit. Service is not limited to an Ohio outfit. "Squirrel Hunters" and "Spies," male or female, are also eligible. Induction of new members of SCWFO is held at the annual OGS Conference in April. Questions may be directed to Lee Martin, SCWFO Chair, at scwfo@ogs.org.

Click here for an application form to join the Society of Civil War Families of Ohio.
Click here for Society of Civil War Families of Ohio documentation pages.
Search the SCWFO Roster

Century Families of Ohio (CFO)

Any member of OGS who is a direct descendant of any person residing in Ohio from 1861 to 100 years prior to the current year, or year of application. In 2009, your ancestors would have had to have been in Ohio by the end of 1909; in 2010, by 1910 and so on, is eligible to become a member of The Century Families of Ohio. Induction of new members of Century Families of Ohio is held at the annual OGS Conference in April. The initial induction will be in 2011.Questions may be directed to Marleen Applegate, CFO Chair, at cfo@ogs.org.

Click here for the application form and documentation pages.
Search the CFO Roster