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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 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 $3.00 + 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 ... Natalie Williams (2017);  Vice-President ... Sunda Anderson Peters (2017); Treasurer ... Larry Moore (2017);  Secretary ... Linda Metcalf (2017);  Pastfinder Editor ... Amy E. Armstrong;  Trustees ... Deanna Applegate & Cloyd Rinehart (2015-2017), Amy Armstrong & Phil Leonard (2016-2018), Peggy Lauritzen & Ruth Hostetter (2017-2019);  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 21st., 1:00 p.m. Mary Jamba Genealogy Hacks, Tips & Tricks
February 18th., 1:00 p.m. Alan Wigton Oak Hill Cottage
March 18th., 1:00 p.m. Debbie Abbott Using City Directories
April 20th., 7:00 p.m. Pat Drouhard Robert Long, Civil War POW
May 25th., 7:00 p.m. Andrew Richmond Ohio Furniture 101
June 15th.*, 7:00 p.m. n/a n/a
*Original mtg. date was 6/22
July 14th., 6:00 p.m. Research Lock-In $10/person;  6:00 p.m. - midnight;  supper & snacks provided
August 24th., 6:00 p.m. Lineage Society Banquet Mary Tripp will present a program on Victoria Woodhull;  $12/person meal if attending the banquet before the speaker
September 28th., 7:00 p.m. Peggy Lauritzen Homespun & Calico
October 26th., 7:00 p.m. Craig Whitmore Underground Railroad
November no meeting No meeting

December 2nd., Noon

Christmas Potluck

Bring a covered dish to share - table service and beverages provided;  Heirloom Show & Tell

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

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 Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

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