What if We All Gave?

November 17, 2018

You can support your favorite local nonprofit organization during Richland Gives.

Donations will be accepted from November 1 through 7 p.m. on November 27 for Richland Gives.

November 27 is designated as Giving Tuesday to encourage people to contribute to local nonprofits they care about through a single giving platform/website. The Richland County Foundation is hosting the day to build capacity, grow philanthropy and make the community stronger.

#RichlandGives Spotlight: Ohio Genealogical Society

Midnight tonight is the start of Giving Tuesday – November 27, 2018 – a day to aid non-profits across America. The Ohio Genealogical Society is participating in Richland Gives set up by the Richland County Foundation to help organizations in the Mansfield-Bellville area. Although their promotion of OGS posted today is written with an aim at Richland County donors, we know that OGS serves all 88 counties and our library and archives contains treasures on all regions. Please participate in this day of giving. Just click on the link below for Richland Gives – click on “Give Now” in the blue box – and choose the Ohio Genealogical Society! A BIG THANK-YOU to you all!


We are proud that the Ohio Genealogical Society is a part of Richland Gives. We hold over 65,000 volumes in our local and family history reading room about Richland County, about Ohio, and about the world. Mansfield’s earliest newspapers from 1823 are here! The first Richland county census, taken in 1815, is here! The records of the Oddfellows and Knights of Pythias are here! Over 1,000 original identified photographs of Richland county pioneers are here! We archive family Bibles, old business records, World War I records, ancestral charts – and just a lot of information on the pioneer families of Richland County.

Richland Gives provides the opportunity for prospective donors in Richland County to learn about us. Did you know that volunteers unfolded hundreds of  Richland County’s Probate Court estate packets every Monday to be digitized by FamilySearch.org? They start with Levi Jones, who got on the losing side in a squabble with a Delaware Native American in 1813, and  go up to 1930. They contain wills, inventories of personal property, a listing of who bought what at the estate sale, and tons of small slips – bills owed by the deceased, receipts for payments to the estate, and distributions of funds. The images scanned so far are already online, free for all who love Richland county history – https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/2778602

We just got word that we have a new “oldest yearbook” in our collection! The 1877 LeBijou from Ohio Wesleyan University was just donated to the library. We have well over 15,000 Ohio high school and college yearbooks containing photographs of all our relatives and friends. We are still missing the Madisonian for 1942, 1956, and 1958; and the Manhigan for 1943. Maybe they didn’t put them out during WWII? Some of the titles are great – the Euphrosynean from Savannah, the Polychronian from Flora Stone Mather College for Women in Cleveland, and our own Cleofan of Bellville’s Clearfork High School.

These are just two featured projects of the Ohio Genealogical Society. Our research library is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9-5, at 611 State Route 97 W, Bellville. We transcribe cemetery tombstones, we clip Ohio obituaries, we scan old books and records for our website (www.ogs.org), we assist visitors with their personal family research, we preserve the local records of our families and community, we teach how-to classes that are open to all, and, most of all, we just have fun with our pastime.

This year, we hope to see your name on the list of donors to our organization through Richland Gives. Your help is our opportunity, and, it is indeed a REAL opportunity for all of you to explore the non-profit world in the Mansfield area, and our unique collections to assist you in family history research. We all have worthwhile missions, we have excited people who are committed to achieving goals that meet those visions of improvement, and we are celebrating life, arts, education, and culture in Richland County with our participation in and support for the activities of all the local organizations that bring our community together.

If you have not visited our state-of-the-art library, you need to stop in and learn more about your family’s history! We’re here to help you