BELLVILLE — The effort of a number of people who are keen on learning about their heritage has paid off for those who support the Ohio Genealogical Society, located just outside Bellville on State Route 97.
The group originally worked out of a house in Mansfield, but ground was broken on a seven-acre parcel of land that had been donated to the society in 2009.
The loan was paid off this year, just before the group’s annual meeting at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky.
The Ohio Genealogical Society is privately funded by members and supporters. No government or tax money is used for its operation. The group says it is the largest state genealogical society. It was founded in 1959.
The one story building on State Route 97 houses the Samuel D. Isaly library. There, people can use genealogical society computers that give them access to various sites, including Ancestry. com.
Using that group at the OGS site is free, but if people want to use that site individually, it must be paid for.
At the OGS, people can also use information provided by the Mormon Church, which also has done much research and collected a data base for people interested in examining information.
Officials at the OGS say they have a large collection of high school and college yearbooks. The group says it focuses on Ohio history and genealogy, but also has material from other sources. The group says it has a “state of the art” computer center and the building is wifi connected.
As a volunteer society, the group is always looking for docents and helpers at the library. A rotating schedule of people working at the library is maintained.
Information about the schedule of the OGS is available on its website at www.ogs.org.
The president of the society is Margaret Cheney. She is also chair of First Families of Ohio.