TIME TO VOTE?

Oh my! The church has gone out on a limb and has gotten into politics. This is not quite true, but FamilySearch has supplied us all with a new image database offering this week – Ohio Voter Records 1893-1960 –…

OHIO’S TOWNSHIP RECORDS

You might be missing something if you haven’t checked out Ohio’s township records. In New York, they call them towns. They just don’t have any in Kentucky! Township records are a remnant of the parish chest in old England long…

Using PERSI Old Style!

At Rustic Pathways, the recent OGS virtual fall seminar, OGS editor Sunny Morton spoke on PERSI, the PERiodical Source Index, a project of the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library (Fort Wayne, Indiana). This is an online index,…

Getting Your Detective On!

Genealogy often takes a bit of detective work! Sometimes record groups do not appear as we think they should. Richland, the home county of the Ohio Genealogical Society, has administration records nicely labeled – Volume 1, 2, 3, etc. Perhaps…

Using Coroner’s Inquests

Coroner’s Inquests are among my favorite record groups. My grandfather died in 1942 in Marion, Ohio while unloading a delivery truck. I thought I knew the whole story. I had talked genealogy with my grandmother, the widow, on many occasions.…

COVID-19 and Your Genealogy Hobby

With some of you (like me), the work-at-home piles have invaded every room of the house, and the hobbies have taken a back seat. For the better organized among us, this might be a time to take advantage of all…

Searching for Obituaries in the OGS Library

At one of our library volunteer work sessions each second Monday of the month, I was asked to try to give guidance on our various obituary collections at the Ohio Genealogical Society. We have indeed been collecting obituaries since our…

Hint for the Day: Use Your Library Catalog

One of the additions to www.familysearch.org this year are the camera and microfilm icons in the main library catalog under the “Search” tab. Search for your county of interest in the locality field and check out all the subject divisions.…

Welcome to the Samuel D. Isaly Library

Welcome to the the Ohio Genealogical Society located in Bellville, Ohio. The Ohio Genealogical Society is the largest state genealogical society in the United States. Its mission is to meet the educational needs of its members and the general public…