Friday, April 17, 2015

OGS Summer Class Schedule 2015

The Ohio Genealogical Society is offering a variety of classes this summer. The one-hour sessions will be free to everyone interested. The workshops will have a nominal registration fee. The workshops will provide hands-on participation by those attending. Pre-registration is required for all events by calling 419-886-1903. For more information go to  Other programs may be added and will be announced on the OGS Facebook page [Note that the class sites vary this year!]

Friday, May 29th- 10am - Tom Neel- Clues to Your Ancestors in the Newspapers OGS Library, Bellville

Saturday, May 30th- 10am - Jennifer Alford- 7 Ways to Use the Cloud OGS Library, Bellville

Saturday, June 6th- 11am - Global Family Reunion Special Event (11am-3pm) Join us for a live broadcast of events in NYC, fun, and more! Donations accepted to benefit Alzheimer’s Association & the Ohio Genealogical Society.OGS Library, Bellville
Friday, June 12th- 10am - Cindy Freed- The Civil War: Finding Your Ancestor’s Place
OGS Library, Bellville

Saturday, June 13th- 2pm - Sunda Peters- Finding Missing Ancestors Through DNA ResearchOGS Library, Bellville
Friday, July 17th- 10am - Derek Davey- Migration Patterns to Northwest Ohio -Rutherford B. Hayes Library, Fremont

Friday, July 24th- 1pm - Tom Neel- Using Maps to Solve Genealogical Puzzles - OGS Library, Bellville

Saturday, July 25th- 10am - Jennifer Alford & Margaret Cheney- Beginner’s workshop ($20)
OGS Library, Bellville 

Saturday, Aug 8th- 10am - Margaret Cheney- Ohio Lineage Society Applications Workshop ($20) OGS Library, Bellville 

Saturday, Aug 15th  - Chapter Management Seminar For more info: Contact Kenny Burck at 513-260-0238 or  John McIntire Library, 220 N. 5th Street, Zanesville, Ohio 43056 

Saturday, Aug 22nd- 10am - Jennifer Alford- Genealogy Research for the Thrifty - OGS Library, Bellville 

Friday, Aug 28th- 10am - Amy Johnson Crow- Desperately Seeking Susan: Finding Females OGS Library, Bellville 

Saturday, Aug 29th- 11am - Dr. Deborah Abbott, Ph.D. - Using the Wiki Shaker Heights Public Library, Cleveland 

Friday, Sept 18th- 10am - Dr. Deborah Abbott, Ph.D. - Analyzing Documents: Moving from One Record to Another - OGS Library, Bellville 

Saturday, Oct 3rd- 8:30am - Fall Seminar with Thomas MacEntee ($40 member/ $45 non-member) For more info: Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center, 1000 Comfort Plaza Dr, Bellville 

Saturday, Oct 10th- 10am - Margaret Cheney- Genealogy Crafts OGS Library, Bellville

Friday, March 20, 2015

More Ohio Papers on Chronicling America

Here's the latest news on the Ohio newspaper digitization project from Jenni Salamon at the Ohio History Connection. This should be about the end of the funded scanning but hopefully another round of Ohio newspapers can be added to this free Library of Congress web site in the future.

"I am pleased to announce that the following papers have been added to Chronicling America:

·         Celina Democrat, 1910-1918
·         Painesville Journal, 1871-1872

With this update, all of the content we have digitized as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program is now online—that’s about 114,000 for the 2012-2014 grant cycle, for a total of more than 318,000 pages!"

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Ohio Soldiers' Home Records 1888-1919

I guess I missed the posting of the Ohio Soldiers' Home Records 1888-1919 in the un-indexed database section of   Check it out when you get a chance! There are 10,000 records filed by admission date, but later items are added into the record, such as the death date of the soldier. There are sections on Military History, Domestic History, Home History, and General Records.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

History Fund Grant Recipients

The big money winners this year at Statehood Day in Columbus, that is, funds from that check-off box on your Ohio tax return from last year, were:
1. Mahoning Valley Historical Society, $4526 - to digitize microfilm of Republic Steel company records and Youngstown Mayor Charles P. Henderson's scrapbooks as he cracked down on organized crime.
2. Wyandot Co Historical Society, $2945 - to create an exhibit on the Wyandot tribe.
3. Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative with Kent State University, $9000 - to produce a guide for low-cost rehabilitation of old, empty buildings.
4. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, $14,500 - to make available the papers left by Cleveland Plain Dealer rock and roll reporter Jane Scott.
5. Junior League of Columbus with Kelton House Museum & Garden, $3000 - to get hand held audio units for self-guided tours of the museum.
6. Southington Twp Board of Trustees, $11,000 - to stabilize a National Register school building to eventually be used as a community center.
7. Union Library Institute Presevation Society, $17,900 - for continued work on the Clemens' farm house, in the African American settlement of Longtown in Darke County.
8. Massillon Heritage Foundation, $17,900 - to do interior work on Five Oaks, an 1890s Gothic, Tudor and French Renaissance home designed by Charles Schweinfurth - Cleveland's Millionaire's Row architect.
9. Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, $17,500 - to establish a speakers bureau and videotape testimonials of remaining Holocaust survivors in the Cincinnati area.
10. City of Olmsted Falls, $5000 - to develop signage for the Historic District of that city.
11. Fayette County Historical Society, $14,000 - to repair windows in their museum.
12. Dairy Barn Arts Center, $10,000 - to repair gable ends of this historic barn, a popular cultural events center in Athens.
13. Belpre Historical Society, $2730 - to upgrade their PastPerfect software and provide training.
The History Fund gave $130,000 this year, $20,000 more than last year, to 13 winners as above. They had 33 applications so your group has almost a 50% chance of funding. I still see no OGS chapters in the list. Please submit your projects of a historical nature. Details on the web site.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ohio Land Tract Books

I have found memories of working with the Ohio land tract books in the "shopping mall" in Springfield, Virginia, at the Eastern States Land Office, Bureau of Land Management. We always stopped there on tours led by Mary Beebe of Ashland. I don't think many Ohio researchers are using these since there only the indexes in the ledgers themselves. They are certainly great for proving those First Families of Ohio ancestors, 1820 and earlier in Ohio. I'll copy the links in from the FamilySearch web site. If they don't work, you'll need to go to the site directly and log in first. They are way at the bottom of the expanded database list. Enjoy!