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Samuel D. Isaly Library

611 State Route 97 West
Bellville, OH 44813
Phone: 419-886-1903
Fax: 419-886-0092

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OGS Website Upgrade

It is an exciting time, once again, to be a member of this Society and involved with its goals for the future. During the last year and half, the Board has been actively engaged in working on a Strategic Plan for the future of the Society. We are changing things – and change can be very good!

About a year ago, members were sent a survey asking for their input on future endeavors for the Society. Loud and strong, the message conveyed was that OGS needed a new, user-friendly website. A reputable web development company has been hired to make the new website a reality. However, the new website comes at a price. We have had some donations made to the library for the sole purpose of developing technology; but, it isn’t enough to cover this expense. You have helped us before, and we are asking you to please help us again.

By developing a new website it will allow us to actively pursue adding more digitized content to the website. Online membership will be streamlined and the site will work across all platforms: computer, phones, tablets, etc. The website will be built in at least two phases over the next two years. Future phases will include the ability to present webinars and much more. Please consider donating to this exciting adventure for OGS.

OGS Librarians' Seminar

For the sixteenth year, OGS presents the OGS Librarians' Seminar on Friday 7 October 2019 at the Samuel D. Isaly Library of the Ohio Genealogical Society. The seminar is an educational gathering for professionals who work in the genealogical and local history field in Ohio’s libraries. This year's theme is Flying Through the 21st Century, featuring Liz Plummer, Outreach Reference Archivist, and Jenni Salamon, Unit Manager, from the Ohio History Connection; Bvenitta Williams, docent, from the Richland County Museum; and Tom Neel, OGS Library Director. Public and OGS chapter librarians, volunteers, and even out-of-state librarians are welcome! The OGS Library is open 9 to 5 for research—no charge for attendees or their friends. Click here for a schedule of the seminar. Download the reservation form here or register online.


OGS Announces Fall Retreat

In years past, OGS offered a one-day Fall Seminar, but this year we have decided to do something a little different. Join us at our Fall Retreat to be held at the Mohican Lodge from 27-29 September, featuring Kelli Bergheimer, Lauren Kuntzman, Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, and Russ Pollitt. Space is limited and participants must register in advance. Registration is $120 for OGS members; $150 for nonmembers. Registration includes a Saturday luncheon. Sessions will be held Friday afternoon and all day Saturday. Lodge rooms are $99 per night, plus tax.

Located in Ashland County, Ohio, about five miles south of downtown Loudonville, the 1,110-acre Mohican State Park offers outstanding opportunities for visitors to explore one of Ohio’s most stunning natural regions. Visitors can truly experience the wildernes and relax in the evening at the luxurious Mohican State Park lodge, which offers a gift shop, heated indoor and outdoor pools, and fitness room. During your stay, take in the view of beautiful Pleasant Hill Lake and the surrounding hills while eating by the grand fireplace. The Mohican restaurant, Bromfield’s Dining Room, is open daily and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dinner offerings include daily specials, seafood, Italian dishes, salads, soups, and sandwiches.

To learn more information, click here for a flyer or go to https://conta.cc/2HMwidT for an outline of sessions and registration. Please join us for this unique event.

Call for Nominations

Are you a dynamic board member with special skills that could lead OGS into the future? Then we would like to hear from you. OGS is specifically looking for individuals with expertise in the fields of business, finance, human resources, IT/technology, and education. Our board members do not have to be family historians or genealogists, but must want to work to bring the successful past of OGS into the future. We will continue to push to make our collections and services more accessible to the growing number of individuals excited by their pusuit of family history. Above all, we are looking for board members who will bring a fresh point of view based on experiences at other organizations and businesses. Nominations are due by 1 October 2019. Click here for a nomination form. Qualifications and expectations on becoming an OGS Board Member is available for download. Questions can be sent to ogselections@gmail.com.



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.

Click here to learn more about the benefits of membership.

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 $40.00 for twelve months for a single membership. Other rates are available here. Download this form and join now!