The Ross County Genealogical Society was formed on January 30, 1973 with 17 people attending a meeting called to order by the late
Marie Clark who became the first president. There were 55 charter members that year. That first meeting was held at the Chillicothe
Telephone Company. Future meetings were held at the Chillicothe City Building and then at the McKell Library. In November of 1973
the first Newsletter was published. In March 1975, RCGS was incorporated as a non-profit organization. Primary income sources for
RCGS are membership fees and book sales. By the end of 1976 membership had grown to 312 members. The Society’s collection of Library
materials were first kept in members homes and then at the public library. A one room office/library was obtained on South Paint Street
in November 1981 and the books were moved in. In 1982 “First Pioneers of Ross County” was formed.
RCGS became a Chapter of the
Ohio Genealogical Society at their annual conference held that year in Columbus on April 30, 1983. The Library office moved again
in 1987 to East Main Street and once again in 1991 to another location on South Paint Street where it remained until the purchase
of the present location in 1996. With the purchase of this building, which is ground level and handicap accessible, monthly meetings
are now held at the library instead of elsewhere.
The library is staffed solely by volunteers and has extensive resources for
the researcher. The collection continues to grow at a steady rate. The collection includes microfilm, family histories, census records,
birth and death records, obituaries, cemetery records and numerous other state and county books and records.
To preserve and collect genealogical and historical records of this area.
To promote research through making available literature
regarding the purposes, records acquisitions, and discoveries of the society.
To aid others in the publication and dissemination of
materials regarding Ross County.
To receive and hold gifts and bequests from any source for the benefit of the society.
active membership in this Society and the Ohio Genealogical Society.
Ross County (Ohio) Genealogical Society