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Find Your Family History with OGS

Tracing your roots is fascinating and rewarding — and tricky sometimes. The Ohio Genealogical Society makes it easier and more fun! Local chapters throughout the state host regular meetings that cover the how-tos in a casual group setting. Annual state conferences, summer workshops, boot camp for beginners — all offer assistance for beginners and even experienced family history researchers. Online databases and educational resources help members find ancestors in Ohio and beyond. Publications target Ohio research and history.

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OGS Accepting Nominations for New Trustees

Nominees must be members in good standing of the Ohio Genealogical Society and willing to commit to attend six board meetings per year and the OGS Conference. All nominations must be on this form. Signatures must be received at OGS headquarters by October 1, 2015.

Cemetery Workshop DVD

The Cuyahoga Valley Genealogical Society in collaboration with OGS and Misti Spillman has released a DVD presentation of the 2015 OGS Cemetery Workshop. More information can be found here.

OGS Announces New Lineage Society

The Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) is proud to announce the formation of its fifth lineage society, The Society of Families of the Old Northwest Territory (SFONT). This new lineage society will be open to both members and non-members. Applications will be accepted starting on January 1, 2016 with the first induction ceremony to be held during the 2017 annual conference in Sandusky, Ohio. Read the full news release.

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). More information can be found here.

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 Ohioís volunteers.
312 pages, soft cover $24.95 OGS Member Price: $19.95 Order online.

Win-Win is Still Available!

OGS is excited to re-introduce a proven membership program which benefits OGS and OGS chapters as well. Effective immediately, new members to OGS may designate that their local OGS chapter receives a $5.00 rebate from their new membership application. This does not apply to renewals. Dues are $35.00 for twelve months for a single membership. Other rates are available here. Download this form and join now!