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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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Library Closure

Out of an abundance of caution, library leadership has made the difficult decision to close the Ohio Genealogical Society’s library to the public beginning on Monday, March 16th, and remain closed until Tuesday, April 7th, unless the state of emergency continues. We will reassess the closure and use current information from health officials to determine the safest date to reopen. OGS will continue to reply to email, phone and postal mail requests. Thank you for your understanding.
Tom Neel, Library Director

Important Conference Announcement

With much regret, the Ohio Genealogical Society has cancelled its 2020 annual conference due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis.

As many of you aware, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, MD, MPH, signed an order to prohibit mass gatherings in the state of Ohio to help prevent spread of COVID-19. This action, along with the closure of the Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center, the site chosen to host our 2020 conference, made it nearly impossible for us to hold a conference this year. These are unique times and circumstances for all of us and the safety and well-being of our attendees, speakers, vendors, and sponsors was of our utmost concern.

If you made a reservation to stay at the Kalahari Resort during the conference, it is suggested you use the following link to cancel your reservation. Click on Manage Existing Reservations and enter your confirmation number and last name. Kalahari is graciously waiving the normal $30 cancellation fee. For those who prefer to cancel their reservations by telephone, please do so at 877-525-2427. Please be advised that Kalahari anticipates a high volume of calls during this period, so expect longer than usual wait times.

For those who have already registered for the conference, an email will be sent within the next week outlining refund options. Please note that refunds make take up to 60 days to process.

The Ohio Genealogical Society appreciates your continuing support. We look forward to seeing you at next year's conference, Bringin' it Home, to be held 14-17 April 2021, at the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Columbus.

Questions? Contact us at here.

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.

New Membership Benefit

Pictures and documents form a large part of our genealogical research. Unfortunately with the aging process, pictures fade and documents become difficult to read. Enter Vivid-Pix. This program can help you to easily restore those aging pictures and documents to their original glory, often with just one click! Login to the members-only page for more information.



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!