Computer-Based Research Available at Ohio Genealogical Society
10 May 2004
Mansfield, Ohio Visitors to the Ohio Genealogical Society can do computer-based genealogical research at its library in Mansfield, Ohio, using one of seven Internet-connected computers.
Each computer has the in-house version of the OGS Library OPAC Online Public Access Catalog where the user may search for books in the library by author, title, or subject.
In addition, all seven computers provide access to the Internet via a high-speed DSL service, and they can be used to search for ancestors in databases on a growing list of compact discs.
Using any of the seven computers, patrons have free access to the great collection of databases offered by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
OGS also has an account with Ancestry Plus, so researchers may print out census images for any place in the United States, 1890 through 1930. A good percentage of these are indexed. One patron can use this service at a time, so we schedule on the half hour. OGS may add this to more computers in the future if there is sufficient demand.
The society is continuously adding to the collection of compact discs, which can be used on any of the patron computers. The Biography & Genealogy Master Index, the Compendium of American Genealogies, African Americans in the 1870 US Federal Census, the Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy, Immigrants to America, Kentucky Land Records 1774-1924, Massachusetts Vital Records, Mayflower Deeds and Wills, Pension Index 1883, the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Ohio Soldiers in World War I, World Family Tree Maker discs, are representative databases in the CD collection.
Word and Word Perfect word processing programs are available on selected computers, and a scanner is available for patron use.
You don't have to visit OGS to take advantage of some of its computer-based resources. OGS members and others with Internet access at home can go to the OGS web site (www.ogs.org) and consult the library catalog, several databases, the CD list, the lending library book list, links to websites of many OGS chapters, several genealogical help handouts, and much more.
The computer facilities at OGS are the result of many volunteers giving of their time and expertise, and donating and rebuilding equipment, along with a little professional wiring.
Please plan to try out the OGS patron computers on your next visit to the OGS Library.