OGS Writing Contest
OGS is once again sponsoring its genealogical writing contest to reward amateur and professional genealogical authorship and to fill the pages of its renowned journals with quality articles. All entries fitting the criteria will be considered for publication in Ohio Genealogy News (OGN) or the Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly (OGSQ). Entry deadline is March 1, 2015. More details can be found here.
The latest issue of OGSQ is here!
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OGS New Publication
Ohioís Black soldiers have always been in the forefront of this nationís wars and the American Civil War is no exception. The state raised two infantry regiments for the United States Colored Troops during this war and then sent recruits to other regiments organizing in the south. Over 6,700 Black Ohioans served in this war and the names of many of these men have been lost in the military records.
The Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866 has the rosters for the two Black regiments and additionally, the names of 1,007 more men who were listed as being unassigned to a regiment. This roster simply states that no "further record found" for these men.
The author has painstakingly researched each man using the Compiled Military Service Records of Colored Troops and he has been able to identify the regiments where these other men were assigned. In the process he was able to identify over 1,600 more Black Ohioans who are not listed in the Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866.
Besides listing the name of each soldier and his regiment, this book also lists the company, rank, age, birth place, enlistment and discharge
information, and death and burial information if occurred during the war. The author was also able to identify a number of Blacks who served with
312 pages, soft cover $24.95 OGS Member Price: $19.95 Order online.
OGS New Publication
OGS has published its second research guide entitled Grave Marking Ceremonies: Planning and Conducting an Event. This 8-page pamphlet, written by E. Paul Morehouse and Eric E. Johnson, is a planning guide for those who want to honor their veteran ancestor with a new headstone or flag marker during a private or public ceremony.
The guide, which can be used to honor any ancestor, begins with planning a ceremony, how to obtain a new headstone, monuments or flag marker, the dos and doníts for conducting a ceremony, organizing an agenda, publicizing the event, and producing a program. Although there is no real right or wrong way to conduct these ceremonies, there are standard protocols which should be followed to avoid embarrassing situations.
This pamphlet is a must for an individual or a group who is about to organize a ceremony for the first time. This detailed, step-to-step guide
can help you avoid legal problems which may hinder the planning of a ceremony.
$4.50 OGS Member Price: $3.00 Order online.
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