Allen County Genealogical Society

Allen County, Ohio

Our Chapter was formed to create and build interest in preserving and collecting genealogical and historical records relating to the early settlers of Allen County. We encourage sharing genealogical information with other Allen County researchers.

Chapter meetings are held at 2:00 PM at the Folsum Auditorium in the Allen County Museum, 650 W. Market St., Lima, Ohio 45801. The public is always welcome and invited to attend.


Special Announcements


Note the new Civil War Families of Allen County lineage society. Details for membership are included below.



014 Meeting dates:  Time 2:00PM

Jan Executive Board Meeting
Feb 16 The “Gene” in Genealogy - Debra Newell
Mar 16 Prisoner of War Experiences of
Two Union Soldiers - Debbie Mayes
Apr 13 Growing up in Old Mexico, Dia de los Muertos - Ray Crump Bio
May 18 Walking tour of Old Ward Cemetery - Members participation
Jun 15 Remembering Dad - Members participation
Jul 21 First Famlies
Sep 21 Expand your Civil War Research: Uncover Unknown Info with these Little Used Sources - Cindy Freed
Oct 19 What Do Headstones Reveal? Headstone Art and Changing American Attitudes about Death, 17th – 21st Centuries - Dr. David Adams Bio
Nov Annual business meeting and elections at the banquet.
Dec No Meeting

Other dates to remember

October 11, 2014
The Allen County Genealogical Society  
11th Annual Family History Workshop
Details and pre-registration form here

Allen County OGS is going digital!

Please make sure that the editors have your current email address Send it to:

Allen County is on Facebook

Public site, open to all
Allen County OGS Members Only Facebook Page

Officers 2014

President - Shirley White
Vice-president - Debbie Mayes
Secretary - Linda Burnett
Treasurer - Linda Burnett
Historian - Sue Sonntag
Member at large - Betty Watkins

Committee Chairs

First Families - Pam Thaman
Publicity/PR - Ruth Rhine
Book Sales - Sara Crump
Publications - Fran Pauff
Research - Fran Pauff
Library Purchases - Helen Spyker
Hospitality - Fran Pauff
Civil War Families - Debbie Mayes
Banquet - Shirley White
Auditor - Open
Nominations - Ray Crump
Newsletter - Debbie Mayes
Newsletter Index - Linda Burnett
FGS Delegate - Debbie Mayes
Webmaster - Dave Koester


Allen County OGS Tote Bags

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The Allen County Genealogical Society now has tote bags! The bags are tan with a green ACGS logo. They are 16” wide and 12” high. The bags are made out of 100% Polypropylene.


Order: Tote bag, tan with ACGS logo, 16” x 12” $6.00 + S/H 1.50

Send to:
Allen County Chapter, OGS
P. O. Box 1104
Lima, Ohio 45802



Allen County Genealogical Society - Membership

Any interested person may become a member upon the payment of annual dues to the Chapter. Chapter dues are $15.00 per individual per year or $18.00 per year for a joint membership.  Joint membership is for family of two (2) persons living at the same address.  Joint membership receives one publication only.  Membership runs from January through December.  If you join during the year, you will receive all the newsletters for the current year.

Benefits of membership are: 4 quarterly issues of Allen County Ancestry, the newsletter of the Allen County Genealogical Society, an annual membership directory, which comes out in March, and 10% discount on ACGS publications and special events, such as workshops, a $60 discount on a 12 month Find My Past World Subscription. Members need to contact Debbie Mayes for sign up instructions and the discount code.  The Find My Past subscription discount is a benefit for ACGS members provided to member chapters of FGS. 

 Complete and Print Membership Application Here

Completed applications and pedigree charts should be mailed to:
Allen County Chapter, OGS
P. O. Box 1104
Lima, Ohio 45802

New members may include a pedigree chart with their application. Current members may also submit pedigree charts. Complete the Pedigree chart and mail to the Chapter office at the address below..

Complete and print the Authorization form when submitting your Pedigree chart here:

Complete and Print Pedigree Chart Here Use your computer to complete the blanks. Print, and complete the information in the lower left corner. Use address above. 

Note: Adobe Reader is required to access the above files Get Adobe Reader here:

First Families Of Allen County - Membership

Were your ancestors in Allen County before 1840?  

Then you may be eligible to become a member of the Allen County First Families.  To qualify for a First Families of Allen County designation, your ancestor must have lived in Allen County by 1840. You also must be a member of the Allen County Genealogical Society to participate in the First Family program. Your application must be submitted by June 1st of each year. Once your ancestors are proven you will be accepted as a First Family member. An induction ceremony is held each July of each year to honor recipients. Honorees receive a First Family pin and certificate.

For more information and to receive an application email Pam Thaman, First Family Chairperson or download the Application Forms here and mail it to:

Allen County Genealogical Society 
c/o First Families 
P.O. Box 1104
Lima, OH 45802-1104

Civil War Families of Allen County, Ohio - Membership

Any member of the Allen County Genealogical Society who is a direct descendant or a collateral
relative of any person with Allen County ties who served in the Civil War, for the Union or the
Confederacy, is eligible to become a member of Civil War Families of Allen County, Ohio

The ancestor or relative must have lived, died, or be buried in Allen County or served
in an Allen County military unit or in the "Squirrel Hunters" or "Spies". Both male or female
ancestors/collaterals are eligible. Induction of new members of CWFAC is held along with the
new member inductions for First Families of Allen County, Ohio in July.

Questions may be directed to Debbie Mayes, CWFAC Chairperson at: or 419-695-5805.

 Complete and Print Membership Application Here

Completed applications and pedigree charts should be mailed to:
Allen County Genealogical Society 
c/o Civil War Families 
P.O. Box 1104
Lima, OH 45802-1104

Note: Adobe Reader is required to access the above files Get Adobe Reader here:

Research Assistance

Volunteers will do look ups in the Elizabeth M. MacDonell Memorial Library in the Allen County Museum.  When making requests, please put “ACGS  Volunteer Look-up” in the subject line of your e-mail. To request a Look-up contact:

Fran Pauff

For research requiring more than look-ups contact:

Debbie Mayes

ACGS only makes reference to the availability of a local researcher and does not guarantee the quality of work or fee charged. 

If you plan a visit to Allen County to research your family history and would like a volunteer to assist you at the library you may make a request. Use the email link below and let us know the date or dates you will be in town. Note: Please make your request at least one week in advance so we can make arrangements for someone to assist you. Send email with “ACGS Volunteer Look-up” in the subject line of your e-mail. to: Volunteer Look-up Assistance eMail Click Here

Donations to the Genealogical Society are greatly appreciated and are used to purchase films, research material, and published matter.

Wise Words

"Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Please Note

All materials located on this web site are the sole property of the Allen County Genealogical Society and the original contributors of the information (file donations). You may copy any of this information for your own personal research but refrain from using it commercially or re-posting it online without permission.

Resource Links


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