The Ohio Genealogical Society, the largest state genealogical society in the United States, has long made Richland County its home.
The facility near Bellville is on outstanding resource for those seeking family history information with a Buckeye connection. Included are over 60,000 books, 250,000 ancestor cards, 4,000 Bible records, 7,000 family histories, and complete Ohio census records from 1800 to 1940, all at the Samuel D. Isaly Library near Bellville.
Next, the Society is holding its Annual Conference in a venue which might not spring quickly to mind when thinking about the past – the Great Wolf Lodge near Mason. From April 27-30, genealogists will convene at the resort for what has been billed as “Jazz It Up!”
According to the Conference website, “The OGS 2022 Conference, Jazz It Up, promises to offer innovative genealogical sessions and workshops to over 500 eager attendees looking for products and services to supplement their educational experience at the conference… Topics covered will include The Jazz Age, prohibition, temperance societies, immigration with a focus on Eastern and Southern Europe, ethnic social clubs, and census records, with an eye toward the upcoming 1950 US Census.”
The keynote session will take place on Thursday, April 28, and will focus on “The Bourbon King: The Life and Crimes of George Remus.” Speaker will be Bob Batchelor, critically-acclaimed cultural historian and biographer.
A full conference brochure with workshop details and registration information can be accessed here.