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Richland County
Genealogical Society

a chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society

Richland County, Ohio

* The third issue of The Pastfinder is being mailed this week.  If you do not have your copy by 10/23, please contact the Chapter.  If you receive the PDF version, you should have received that file on 10/18.  If you did not receive it, contact *

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News & Notes

+ Van Scoy - Knapp Reunion 2013
+ Block House Celebration 2012

+ 5 Tombstones Found
  Other On-line Data

+ 1850 Census Index
+ Common Pleas Court Abstracts Index
+ Wolf Scalp Certificates and Affidavits

+ Presswood Collection
+ Misc. Probate Court Records
+ Misc. 1840's News Items

About Our Chapter ...  The Richland County Genealogical Society was organized in 1959 as The Ohio Genealogical Society.  In 1964, it was reorganized as the Richland County Genealogical Society, the first county chapter of The Ohio Genealogical Society.

The Society meets January through March on the third Saturday of the month at 1:00 p.m. and April through October on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m., except for July and November when no meeting is held.  Most meetings are held at the library of The Ohio Genealogical Society, 611 State Route 97 West, just west of downtown Bellville, Ohio.  [map]  The location of meetings is announced in The Pastfinder and in the local newspapers.

The chapter newsletter, The Pastfinder, is published four times a year (February, May, August and November).  Members and non-members are encouraged to submit a five generation chart and other family information, specifying their permission for the information to be published in The Pastfinder.  Queries in The Pastfinder are free to both members and non-members.  (See our publications page for instructions on ordering past issues)  Digital versions are available in PDF format.  (please specify your preference when joining)

The Richland County Genealogical Society's volunteer research committee provides, as a benefit of membership, up to one hour of research during the calendar membership year, using the materials at the OGS library.  We will not, as a general rule, do research at the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library, the courthouse or the health department.  Patrons must pay for copies and postage.  We will provide the same service for non-members for a fee of $10.00.  A list of researchers willing to work for a fee will be sent to those wishing additional work.

Our mailing address is Richland County Genealogical Society, c/o The Ohio Genealogical Society, 611 State Route 97 West Bellville, Ohio, 44813-8813.  To contact the Chapter, email


The Richland County Chapter now has a new Chapter pin available for purchase.  The pins are $6.00 + tax and shipping.  Please contact

Membership ... If you are interested in the pursuit of genealogical research you are welcome to join our society.  Memberships are on a calendar year basis, January to December.  Persons joining during the year receive back issues of The Pastfinder for the current year.

Membership Form (click here)

xxxx Single Joint
One year ... $12.00 $15.00
Family ... $18.00 xxxxxx
Life ... $250.00 $300.00

Send membership form and your check to:
Richland County Genealogical Society
c/o The Ohio Genealogical Society
611 State Route 97 West
Bellville, Ohio 44813-8813

Membership fees effective January 18, 2016

Queries ...  To submit a query to the Pastfinder, mail it to:

Pastfinder Editor
Richland County Genealogical Society
c/o The Ohio Genealogical Society
611 State Route 97 West
Bellville, Ohio 44813-9913

The Pastfinder is a quarterly publication of the Richland County Chapter of The Ohio Genealogical Society.  Queries will be accepted from RCGS members and non-members and published as space permits.  When submitting a query, use "Pastfinder" in the subject line and send to  The query needs to include a Richland County connection with a name, date and place.  Include your full name, mailing address and email so that researchers may contact you.  (phone number optional)  When the query is published a complimentary copy will be sent to non-members who submitted the query.  (digital version available in PDF format)

Lineage Societies ... Click here for more information about our four lineage societies.  Lineage Society Committee:  Amy E. Armstrong (chair), Marleen Applegate and Sunda Peters.

Current Officers ... President ... Marleen Applegate (2016);  Vice-President ... Sunda Anderson Peters (2016);  Treasurer ... Missy Derrenberger, taking over for the late Patricia Thomas (2016);  Secretary ... Linda Metcalf (2016);  Pastfinder Editor ... Amy E. Armstrong;  Trustees ... Ruth Hostetter (2014-2016), Sally Spreng (2014-2016), Deanna Applegate (2015-2017), Cloyd Rinehart (2015-2017), Natalie Williams (2016-2018), Amy Armstrong (2016-2018);  Webmaster ... Amy Armstrong.

Meeting Schedule ...  January, February and March meetings are usually held at 1 p.m. on the third Saturday.  April through October meetings are usually held at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month.  All meetings are held at the Ohio Genealogical Society Library, 611 State Route 97, Bellville, Ohio, unless noted in the schedule below.  Unpredictable weather in north central Ohio may cause changes to this schedule.  If in doubt, tune to local radio or TV stations for cancellations. 


January 16 - 1:00 OGS Library, "Ask the Experts" Sunda Peters, Amy Armstrong, Missy Derrenberger, Marleen Applegate; 9:00 to 5:00 free research day for RCGS members

February 20 - 1:00 OGS Library, "Railroaded:  The Wreck of the Schooner Plymouth, A Lake Erie Shipwreck," by Kevin Magee

March 19 - 1:00 OGS Library, "Women's Westward Journey", Margaret Cheney

April 21 - 7:00 OGS Library, "Using DNA Test Results to Find Family", Sunda Peters

May 26 - 7:00 OGS Library, "Historic Indians of Ohio", Randall Buchman

June 23 - 7:00 OGS Library, "An Astronomical Expedition by Canal and Stagecoach: John Quincy Adams Crosses Ohio in 1843," Tom O'Grady

July 15 - 6:00 to midnight, OGS Library, Research Night Lock-in, $10.00 fee, dinner provided. RSVP to Marleen Applegate

August 25 - 6:00 OGS Library, "Battle on Lake Erie, War of 1812", Craig Whitmore $10.00 fee RSVP; $13.00 for non-RCGS members

September 22 - 7:00 OGS Library, "Ancient Medicinal Herbs" Patricia James-Hasser

October 27 - 7:00 OGS Library, "Life & Times of Richland County Pioneers" Jack Johnson

November - No meeting

December 3 - Noon, OGS Library, Potluck Christmas Dinner

You do not have to be a member to attend our meetings. They are free and open to the public, unless specified otherwise.

For questions, contact Sunda Peters, 419-524-0924 or

MAGIC ...  The Mohican-Area Genealogists Interested in Computers (MAGIC) meets monthly in the large meeting room at the OGS library in Bellville, Ohio.

2016 MAGIC Meeting Schedule

Oct. 17 6:00 p.m.

Nov. 21 6:00 p.m.

Dec. 12 6:00 p.m. holiday dinner
(location to be decided soon)

Please contact Sunda Peters or Amy Armstrong for more information or if you need directions.  NO membership is required.  There is NO fee to attend.  Each month we discuss various issues relating to how to utilize technology in our research.  If you have questions, feel free to ask.  Bring your laptop, iPad, etc. if you'd like.

Looking for more Richland County research resources on the web?

Richland County, Ohio USGenWeb Site - 5,000+ pages of free Richland County data.

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This page was recreated on April 25, 2011.  Last edited on Thursday, October 20, 2016.

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