The following vendors support OGS by either:

  • providing discounted products and services to OGS members OR
  • by returning to OGS a portion of the proceeds from the sales of their products and services to OGS members


In all cases, it is necessary for you to identify yourself as an OGS member by either using a link from this website or using a coupon code.

Notice: OGS does not endorse, promote, review, or warrant the accuracy of any of the products or services listed below. Please be an educated consumer.

  • 23andMe
    23andMe returns to OGS a small commission for each kit ordered through the OGS website.
  • FamilyTreeDNA
    FamilyTreeDNA returns to OGS a small commission for each kit ordered through the OGS website.
  • JustAJoy
    JustAJoy offers members a 25% discount on membership.
  • Memory Medallion
    OGS receives a portion of the proceeds from each medallion purchased through the OGS website.
  • Vivid-Pix
    Vivid-Pix offers members a 20% discount on their photo-enhancing software. In addition, they return to OGS a donation for each member purchase.


  • Learn what percent of your DNA is from populations around the world
  • Contact your DNA relatives across continents or across the street
  • Build your family tree and enhance your experience with relatives

23andMe is a DNA analysis service providing information and tools for individuals to learn about and explore their DNA. It uses the Illumina HumanOmniExpress-24 format chip. Its chip consists of a fully custom panel of probes for detecting genetic variations. The selection was made to maximize the number of ancestry features available to customers as well as offer flexibility for future research.

All laboratory testing for 23andMe is done in a CLIA-certified, CAP-accredited laboratory in the United States.

Your personalized 23andMe web account provides secure and easy access to your information, with multiple levels of encryption and security protocols protecting your personal information.

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) is U.S. federal legislation that protects Americans from discrimination (in health insurance and employment decisions) on the basis of genetic information.

23andMe returns to OGS a small commission for each kit ordered through the OGS website.


OGS will receive a donation from FTDNA for each kit ordered through the OGS website as part of a FamilyTreeDNA Surname Project.

Purchase your kit here.

The objectives of this Surname Project are to identify others who are related; to prove or disprove theories regarding ancestors; to solve brick walls in your research; to determine a location for further research; and to validate existing research.

Often a Surname Project has multiple objectives, and the objectives may even change over the life of the project. Most Surname Projects start with the objective to identify others who are related, and throughout the project the other objectives are achieved simply as a result of the project.

OGS members can team up with other OGS members with the same surname or they can participate in existing Surname Projects which can be found on the FamilyTreeDNA website.

Testing involves the Y-chromosome. The Y-chromosome is passed from father to son unchanged, except for an occasional mutation. Testing the Y-chromosome will provide you with a genetic fingerprint consisting of 12, 25, 37, 67, 111, or 700 numbers (markers). By comparing this fingerprint to others with your surname, you can determine if they are related.

The next step for a member is to decide whether to test for 12, 25, 37 67, 111, or 700 markers. 12 markers are sufficient to determine whether or not two people are genetically related.

The value of the 25, 37, 67, 111, and 700 marker tests occurs when two participants are likely to be related based on the 12-marker test. When participants match with the 12-marker test, the test can be upgraded to 25, 37, 67, 111, or 700 markers. The objective of upgrading to additional markers is to further reduce the time frame of the common ancestor between the matching participants. The common ancestor is also referred to as the Most Recent Common Ancestor, or MRCA.

Dot Martin and Eric Johnson are the OGS coordinators for the Surname Project. They are be reached at [email protected]

JustAJoy Family Heirloom Exchange is the link between orphaned heirlooms in the hands of antique dealers and/or collectors and the families who would cherish them. Your $20.00 annual membership fee entitles you to:

  • Complete information about thousands of family-related items listed by quality antique dealers associated with nearly 50,000 families
  • Email alerts when new items are added related to your family
  • List, buy & sell for free with no buyer’s premiums, commissions, listing fees or final value fees

JustAJoy is offering OGS members a 25% discount on an annual membership.

OGS members — if you don’t see the coupon code listed below, please log in and return to this page. The code only appears if you are logged in.

Read about JustAJoy in a recent NPR interview.

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Memory Medallion

Memory Medallion is a wonderful way to perpetuate the memories of your family. You have control over the content which can be changed at any time. For those interested in new technology and genealogy, this is a wonderful way to showcase your ancestors.

The Ohio Genealogical Society is proud to be associated with Memory Medallion. We trust you will find this a quality product with a unique approach to retaining your family’s story. For more information on this product, you can visit the Memory Medallion website.

You can order this item in our online store.


As an OGS member, Vivid-Pix will provide ten free fixes with no credit card required. OGS members who decide to purchase the program after the trial period will receive a 20 percent discount off the retail price of $49.99. In return, OGS will receive a donation from Vivid-Pix. We hope you will enjoy this new member benefit. To start your free trial, click here.