Monday, March 31, 2014

Ohio Genealogical Society 2014 Writing Contest Winners Announced

The Ohio Genealogical Society announces the winners of its 2014 Writing Contest. Entrants submitted articles for either the Ohio Genealogy News (OGN) or the Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly (OGSQ). The Society would like to congratulate the following authors for their excellent writing. We thank each author chosen to share their expertise and family lines with others by entering the contest. At the discretion of the OGN and OGSQ editors, all entries may be published.

The Over-All Winner is Deb Root Shell, M.A., M.L.S., for her OGSQ article, Far from Home: John Moss of Athens County, Ohio, and the Battle of Perryville. Deb will receive the top prize of $50.

Winners in the OGN category are First Place to William R. Hill for his article, Discovering my American and Ohio Roots: How I found my Revolutionary War Ancestor. He will receive $25. Second Place goes to Corinne Konecny for her article, Francy (SIPES) and Jacob George Rediscovered: Leaving No Stone Unturned. She will receive the $15 prize.

Winners in the OGSQ category are First Place to Jeremiah Edwards for his article, The Ties that Bind. Jeremiah will receive $25. Second place ended in a three-way tie. Receiving $15 each for their winning article are Pamela Guye Holland for A Broken Man: the Life of Birney Jay Pratt of Huron, Ohio; Timothy and Renee Kettering for Dreams of a Better Life: the Story of Heinrich H. Willenburg; and Jeremiah Edwards for Unsung Heroes of the Underground Railroad.

ALSO – The prices go up on OGS Conference registration tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

OGS "Ohio Story" Digitization Project is Funded!

You might notice a familiar organization in the list of SNAP grants that were awarded this year through the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board. I'll cut and paste their press release issued today. We'll have more information on our specific scanning project when it is in full swing in a couple months.

The Ohio Archives Grants are funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), an arm of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) through their State and National Archival Partnership (SNAP) Grants program. The funded projects include organizing and preserving historical records and cataloging and digitizing records for improved access.

2014 Grant Recipients

The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB) announces its 2014 grants for archival projects:
  • Alliance Historical Society: Alliance Historical Records Preservation and Cataloging Project ($1,769.00)
  • Canal Fulton Public Library: Preservation of Canal Fulton Local History Photographs ($800.00)
  • Clinton County Records and Archives: Indexing and Rehousing of Probate Records ($1,500.00)
  • Hardin County Genealogy Society: Digitization and Storage of Anna Lee Mayhorn Collection ($640.00)
  • Historic New Richmond: Preservation and Cataloging of Historic New Richmond’s Archive ($798.00)
  • Ohio Genealogical Society: Digitization of the “Ohio Story” Script: Bringing Old Radio Back to Life  ($2,000.00)
  • Otterbein University: Reclaiming the Presidential Papers, Part I: Walter G. Clippinger Papers Preservation and Indexing Project (1909-1939) ($1,960.00)
  • Rocky River Public Library: Rocky River Public Library & Cowan Pottery Museum Records Database Project ($870.00)
  • Summit County Historical Society: Captain Simon Perkins, Jr. Quartermaster Papers Preservation and Digitization Project ($1,600.00)
  • Warren County Historical Society: Historical Records Preservation and Digitization Project ($1,042.00)