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).

All SBO 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.


Induction of new members into SBO is held at the annual OGS Conference.


Questions about Settlers and Builders of Ohio may be directed to Cheryl Brown Abernathy, SBO Chair, at [email protected].


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, a free and easy-to-use PDF document viewer for Windows that allows completed applications to be saved on your computer.

You may also contact OGS for an application form and rules by emailing [email protected] calling OGS at (419) 886-1903; or by mailing OGS, 611 State Route 97 West, Bellville OH 44813-8813.


You may search for your ancestor in Search Database to see if your ancestor is already listed in this lineage society, or you can browse a PDF of the list.

SBO files are arranged by member number. If you are interested in obtaining copies from a specific SBO file, please refer to the member number. Click here for more information about the OGS Copy Service and instructions for ordering.