Thursday, December 11, 2014

Shipping Ohio's Black Soldiers in Time for Christmas!

Perceval has just finished packaging orders for the new OGS publication, Ohio's Black Soldiers who Served in the Civil War - $24.95 plus $3.50 shipping plus Ohio resident sales tax (often 7%) - OGS members can take a $5 discount. He needs help because we think that the stack is about to topple over on him! Now off to find the Holy Grail in time for Cristesmaesse!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Endowment Fund Cornerstone Plaques Installed

We are looking at a high of sunny 14 today as the snow begins to drift over the OGS Library!

But the real reason for this blog post is to announce that our largest Endowment Fund Donors have been recognized with central plaques in our memorial wall at the front of the building. This fundraising drive predates our building project with lead donor, the late James Jay Strong, who contributed $100,000 way back in 1995. Other "cornerstone" donors who gave over $5000 were Dale D. Grismore, Nancy White Harner, Ralph A. Overton, S. Bradleigh and Patricia Vinson, and June Herman Ely. Yes, we were thinking about a new building back then! We also had 9 "capstone" donors (between $2000 and $4999) and 17 "pillar" donors (between $1000 and $1999) who are recognized on plaques.

We used all our financial resources toward the new OGS Library construction so had to hold off a bit on our plaque responsibilities. Now we have bit the bullet and these folks will be remembered (in bronze) for all time - at least as long as our wall lasts. We really do appreciate all those who have contributed in any way to our Endowment Fund, Building Fund, and our general Operating Fund. Thank you!

Friday, October 24, 2014


Lyman Copeland Draper 1815-1891 served as Secretary of the Wisconsin Historical Society where his original manuscripts are housed. Beginning in the 1830s, he began collecting material on the Trans-Allegheny region including Ohio, Kentucky, southwestern Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and more. Many of his correspondents sent him the original 18th century documents - especially things from the Revolutionary War time period and items dealing with Native Americans. This was Draper's life work but he never got much of it published. More information may be found at The microfilm set has been available for years and it is now digitally on FamilySearch - no complete index. The Ohio Genealogical Society has just acquired a printout of the entire microfilm set, excepting Series SS David Shepherd Papers and Series TT & UU South Carolina Papers. Our recommendation is that you visit OGS, explore this vast collection of bound Draper Manuscripts, and then once you locate the pages needed with citations, visit the FamilySearch web site to get an image that you can touch up with your photo software. It takes forever to find something online with no real index. Allen County Public Library is the only other facility in the country that holds this bound set.

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!