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,…

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…