Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Newsletter Need a Fix!

Susan Zacharias will be giving a program at the Ohio Genealogical Society this Saturday, Oct. 11th at 10 AM, on Newsletter Rescue: Display, Design, and Content. If you know of anyone who works on a newsletter for any organization, this lecture will be helpful as Sue is a national award winner as a newsletter editor. Call the library 419-886-1903 or email Tom Neel - - to leave your name for the class.

While in the OGS Library, check out the Ohio Civil War 150 Display courtesy the Ohio History Connection. This will be open to the public for viewing through November the 15th. It is in the meeting room, so you will have Civil War scenes around you as you hear about newsletter preparation!

Keep in mind that OGS is open free of charge to all during October, Family History Month - no admittance fee. Send people in our direction. New members can sign up for $25 as well during October, a $10 savings.

My last blog message told about FamilySearch posting the Ohio county death images. Unfortunately, they have redesigned their web site database listing and this one has not made it to the new listing.There are actually two database listings now to get them all. One comes up when you click on Ohio and then you have to click on the link to See All Databases to get the others to show. The old Probate death index is there but not the image database recently posted. I'm sure they will find it again in time! We are back to 27 Ohio-specific databases on FamilySearch.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Ohio County Deaths 1840 to 2001

I noticed that FamilySearch now has 28 Ohio databases rather than 27. I think the new one is Ohio County Deaths 1840 to 2001. Most will be from the 1867 to 1908 period when Probate Court handled death records. There are 82 counties online so far. Ashland and Richland near the OGS Library are not among them. Also some counties are incomplete as yet. Henry County, for example, begins in 1882, yet the OGS chapter has abstracted earlier death records, so they must exist. However, FamilySearch now has 899,395 fantastic images online that were not there previously! Of course, the death indexes have been posted for a couple years. Enjoy!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fall Classes at OGS Library

The OGS Fall Conference (Oct. 4) and the OGS Genealogy Librarians' Seminar (Oct 17) are well-advertised on the OGS web site ( but we have a number of free hour long instructional seminars at the Ohio Genealogical Society Library, 611 State Route 97 W (Exit 165 on I-71), on the calendar yet for this fall:

Saturday, Sept. 13th, at 10 AM - Deborah Abbott, Ph.D., on "The Gift of Legacy: Who's Telling Your Story?

Friday, Sept. 19th, at 10 AM - Tom Neel, MLIS, on "Taking a Look at Common Pleas Case Files"

Saturday, Sept. 20th, at 10 AM - Jennifer Alford, on "Documenting Your Family Heirlooms"

Friday, Oct. 3rd, at 10 AM - Deborah Abbott, Ph.D., on "African American Genealogy from Slavery to Freedom"

Saturday, Oct. 11th, at 10 AM - Susan Zacharias, former Ohio Genealogy News editor, on "Newsletter Rescue: Layout, Design, Content"

Please join us for these educational classes. Call 419-886-1903 and leave a message to reserve a spot or email me at 

Bring non-members too! Class attendees can stay the rest of the day to research in the library with no normal admittance fee - save $5.00!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Last Batch of Ohio Newspapers Added to Chronicling America!

We just received notification from Jenni Salamon at the Ohio History Center that the last batch of Ohio newspapers has been added to the free web site ChroniclingAmerica from the third grant cycle. There are a couple fillers yet but this will be it for Ohio until another grant application is approved down the road. I think our state has done the best job of providing a wide representation of newspapers from all geographic regions and time periods. Here is Jenni's post:

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

·         From Cadiz (Harrison County):
·         From Delaware (Delaware County):
·         From Somerset (Perry County):
·         From Upper Sandusky (Wyandot County):

With this latest update, everything we’ve digitized so far is now available on Chronicling America, for a total of just over 304,000 pages.  This number does not include the extra papers we’ll be digitizing, so there is still more to come!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Chapter Management Seminar a Success!

About 50 people attended the OGS Chapter Management Seminar in Lebanon, Ohio this weekend. We all learned about legal ownership of your chapter's possessions, social media, attracting new members, improving your web site, providing access to your chapter's holdings, bylaws and standing rules, publishing, planning seminars, and much more! We certainly should double the number of attendees next year. What a fantastic resource for your chapter officers and it is FREE!

Monday, June 30, 2014

More Ohio Newspapers Online

Jenni Salamon from the Ohio Historical Society has posted another announcement about more Ohio newspapers being added to the free Library of Congress newspaper database -

I am pleased to announce that three more papers have been added to Chronicling America!

· From Carrollton (Carroll County)

o Carroll Free Press, 1836, 1841-1858

· From Jackson (Jackson County)

o Jackson Standard, 1853-1888

o Jackson Daily Standard, 1873-1874, 1880-1881

Have a Happy Fourth of July!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Pennsylvania Books Donated

Do you have ancestors in south central Pennsylvania? Bob Longbottom of Mogadore OH has donated a large collection of Pennsylvania works to the Ohio Genealogical Society. Many of these are newspaper abstracts and court records concentrated in the Bedford-Morrison Cove area. Many titles were compiled by historians James Boor, Frank Bayer, and others. There are many family histories. If you do a catalog search for "Longbottom Bedford County", 74 titles come up; and if you do a search for "Longbottom Blair County", there are 123 titles. Just doing a search for the donor "Longbottom" yields 213 new titles and we don't have them all catalogued yet. This is probably the best method if you wish to scan through all the new books from this donation.