Ohio Directories

Ohio city and county directories are listed in the OGS Library Catalog along with a complete PDF listing in the Research Resources section of Library Special Collections. These directories are fairly straight forward and are the topic of many genealogical…

What Exactly Is a Manuscript?

We ran an article on manuscript finding aids in Ohio Genealogy News recently, but we really did not define the word manuscript. It can mean different things at different institutions. What do we really mean by the word? The Society…

Ten Reasons to Use the Ohio Genealogical Society’s Samuel D. Isaly Library

The Ohio Genealogical Society will start its annual fundraising campaign in the coming weeks with some very worthwhile projects on our wish list. However, all fundraisers tell us that it is important to list your accomplishments up front. A new…

Hunting Season

It’s hunting season again in Ohio! The deer, relegated to deer parks when I was a child, are now over abundant, as I can confirm, having been in four different vehicle interactions with them through the years. I often wonder…

Search and Ye Shall Find

Our new OGS website design – www.ogs.org – was launched in May 2020 and our Digital Librarian, Linda Swanson, has been adding material that we digitized during the planning stages, over 260 items so far. With the pandemic keeping us…

Don’t Be Afraid of the Neighbors!

The neighbors adjoining the Isaly Library at the Ohio Genealogical Society are all decked out for All Hallow’s Eve. I cannot bring myself to pay a visit but we should not ignore the neighbors when searching our own family history.…

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,…