The Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) maintains a collection of databases, digitized books and manuscripts, indexes and finding aids to library collections, and family and local histories submitted by our users. The Society also enters into contracts with certain database providers who supply web content that fits our mission. Regardless of whether or not the particular product is on the member or public side of the web site, OGS claims intellectual property of our own digital content including metadata. Most of our digital holdings are under copyright or fall under an agreement with the provider. Unless a transfer of copyright appears in our library files, copyright is still with the creator of the work or the contracted service provider or content partner. All U.S. and International copyright laws should be respected. In this light, our digital material may be utilized for educational purposes and for the personal use of the user to expand their genealogical knowledge. OGS holdings may not be “mined” by other entities, whether fee-based vendors or free providers. Any fair use of any OGS website title should be referenced per standard citation with credit given to OGS as well as the creator of said work, if given. Beyond fair use under copyright law, users may send a written request to OGS to request permission to use text and/or images for a particular project. It is understood that permission may or may not be granted. OGS can only permit use of such items if OGS is the creator, owner, and/or copyright holder. Users may not sell, rent, or otherwise offer OGS digital content to others, without prior written consent from the Society. OGS reserves the right to change web site content from time to time. While every effort will be made to ensure that the information contained within the website is accurate and up-to-date, OGS makes no warranty, representation or undertaking whether express or implied, nor does it assume any legal liability, whether direct or indirect, or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information.

(Adopted November 2015)