Ohio Genealogical Society - The Premier Ohio Family Heritage Resource

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Samuel D. Isaly Library

611 State Route 97 West
Bellville, OH 44813
Phone: 419-886-1903
Fax: 419-886-0092

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OGS Library Services

  • Copy Service
    Our library volunteers will do limited searching in our collection in response to prepaid inquiries submitted on a particular Ohio ancestor or research problem. The fee is $5.00 per request for OGS members and $20.00 for non-members. The first ten photocopies and return postage are included in the fee. For more information, see our Copy Service page.

  • Lending Library
    Duplicate materials, including Ohio's county histories, are available to members through a loan library. For a $5.00 fee, users may choose two titles from a list of over 4,500 and may keep the books for three weeks. Shipping/handling is $6.00 additional if the books are mailed. FOr more information and a list of titles available, consult the Lending Library page.

  • Meeting Rooms
    In keeping with the Ohio Genealogical Society's mission to meet the educational needs of its members and the general public, we routinely make our meeting rooms available to community groups for informational, educational or cultural programming when these rooms are not reserved for library purposes. A large meeting room (max. 80) and four small classrooms (max. 20 each) are available to groups for a $35 (large room) or $20 (small room) reservation fee. OGS chapters may utilize meeting rooms at no charge. See our Meeting Room Procedures and Reservations Form.

  • Researchers List
    The Ohio Genealogical Society maintains a list of researchers who will work in a particular Ohio county or library for a fee. It is neither intended nor implied that any of the researchers are recommended by the Ohio Genealogical Society, but their names are provided merely as a service to patrons who request professional assistance. Search the list here.

  • Scanning / Photocopy Services
    In an effort to acquire unique local history manuscripts, we can scan or photocopy old journals, township records, store accounts, family Bibles, research aids, and out-of-print books not already in our collection. These materials are then returned to the patron. We do not duplicate family histories.

  • Speakers Bureau
    Ohio has a wide array of genealogical speakers who will come to your area for a modest fee. Each speaker has been recommended by one or more of our 94 OGS chapters. See a list of qualified speakers with their specialties here.

  • Tours
    The OGS library staff host tour groups during business hours. Visitors on any pre-arranged tour may gain free admittance for the day. We do promote our membership services, give a tour of the library, and can offer a class if requested. Meeting rooms are also available. See above for meeting room procedures and reservations.