Richland County
Genealogical Society

a chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society

Richland County, Ohio

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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 Documents

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 August meeting is a picnic and the December meeting is a potluck dinner.  In May, our First Families of Richland County are honored.  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

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)


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 June 27, 2014



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

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), Deanna Applegate and Sunda Peters.

Current Officers ... President ... Marleen Applegate (2014);  Vice-President ... Sunda Anderson Peters (2014);  Treasurer ... Patricia Thomas (2014);  Secretary ... Linda Metcalf (2014);  Pastfinder Editor ... Amy E. Armstrong;  Trustees ... Deanna Applegate (2012-2014), Ruth Hostetter (2014-2016), Sally Spreng (2014-2016), Cloyd Rinehart (2012-2014), Natalie Williams (2013-2015), Amy Armstrong (2014-2015), 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 18th. 1:00 p.m. Show & Tell Your Ancestors - Bring an item passed down from your ancestor and share some details about it with the group  (does NOT need to be a Richland Co. ancestor);  Free admittance to use OGS library all day
February 15th. 1:00 p.m. Lineage Societies -- What They Are & How To Join Them
March 15th. 1:00 p.m. Gale Martin from Marion will portray Maryann Bickerdyke, a Civil War-era nurse.
April 24th. 7:00 p.m. Janett Colland will present a program about the role of women in World War I  Chapter members traveled to the Butler / Clear Fork Historical Society Museum in Butler, Ohio to watch a program by Scott Schaut about the Westinghouse Home Of Tomorrow in Mansfield, Ohio's Woodland neighborhood.
May 22nd. 7:00 p.m. Probate Court Judge Philip A. Mayer will speak about records kept in the Probate Court  The Judge was unable to attend.  A business meeting was held and social time followed.
June 11th. n/a Field Trip to the Rutherford B. Hayes Museum & Library.  If you are interested in going along, please contact Sunda Peters or Marleen Applegate ASAP for details.
June 26th. 7:00 p.m. Jay Russell will present a program called What Ails You?
July 18th. 6:00 p.m. Research Lock-In.  6:00 pm. to midnight. 

$10 for RC Chapter members, $15 for non-members.  This fee covers supper, snacks and a donation to the OGS library.  Registration is required.  Make checks payable to RCOGS.

August 28th. 6:00 p.m. Lineage Society Banquet begins at 6 p.m.  Cost will be $10 per member for dinner;  Mark Holbrook will present a program called Ohio in the Civil War at 7 p.m.  (no fee) 

Dinner will be provided by a local restaurant and will consist of a garden salad, chicken breast, mashed potatoes, vegetable and cake for dessert.  The cost is $10/person (with the Chapter picking up the remainder of the cost).  You MUST register and pay in advance so we know how many meals to get.  Make checks payable to RCOGS.

Deadline is August 8th. 

Please contact the
Chapter if you'd like to come. 

Our speaker for the evening will begin at 7 p.m. if you don't wish to attend the dinner.

September 25th. 7 p.m. Becky Hill will present a program on using
October 23rd. 7 p.m. Ken Heyl from Ashland will present a program on using Funeral Home records
November 5th. n/a Field Trip to the Ohio Historical Society's Lustron Home and other displays in Columbus (exact time will be announced soon)

*Note:  Originally this Field Trip was planned for the 7th., but the date has been changed to the 5th.

POSTPONED.  May be re-scheduled to Spring 2015

December 6th. Noon Christmas Potluck Dinner - Bring a covered dish to share (table service and beverages provided)

MAGIC ...  The Mohican-Area Genealogists Interested in Computers (MAGIC) meets monthly.  

Our next MAGIC meetings are:  December 15th. at 5:15 p.m. at Der Dutchman Restaurant on SR97 for holiday socializing.

   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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