Student History Conference at OSU-Newark Today

I am soooooooo far behind in my blogging that I’ve neglected to mention something I’m very excited about: presenting at the Student History Conference at Ohio State University – Newark today! I’ll be presenting two papers. The first is “For the Benefit of the Private Soldiers: The History of the Grand Army of the Republic in Ohio,” which was my research paper for History 310 (Ohio History) last fall. The second paper is a portion of my senior honors thesis. I’m a bit nervous about that one as (1) so many of my friends have told me they’re going to that session and (2) I’ve had to use just different sections of the thesis because the whole thing it too long to present. I hope what I present makes sense!

If you happen to be in the area this morning, stop by the Reese Center on the OSU-N campus. There are 3 sessions: 9:00, 10:15, and 11:30. There are also two presentations this afternoon: one by a history prof at Denison talking about local history (yea!) and the other by an author talking about historical fiction.

Ohio Historical Society is closed this week

A reminder to everyone that the Ohio Historical Society — including the Archives/Library — is closed today (March 28) through April 3. You can thank the Ohio legislature and their massive slashing of OHS’ budget for this.

Other OHS sites closed this week are:

  • Adena Mansion & Gardens (Chillicothe)
  • Armstrong Air & Space Museum (Waupakoneta)
  • Campus Martius Museum (Marietta)
  • Dunbar House (Dayton)
  • Fort Ancient (Oregonia)
  • Fort Meigs (Perrysburg)
  • Harding Home (Marion)
  • National Afro-American Museum (Wilberforce)
  • National Road/Zane Grey Museum (Zanesville)
  • Piqua Historical Area (Piqua)
  • Serpent Mound (Peebles)
  • Wahkeena Nature Preserve (Lancaster)
  • Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor (Youngstown)
  • Zoar Village (Zoar)

You can read the “Special Notice” on the OHS website:  http://www.ohiohistory.org/sn/010509.html

Ohio Genealogical Society conference – save $ and register now

This year’s Ohio Genealogical Society conference will be held 2-4 April at the Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron. The schedule is filled with sessions covering topics such military research, Internet sources, software, publishing, migration, oral history, and historical fiction. I think my favorite title is Shirley Hodges’ session “Family Historian or Pack Rat?” I didn’t know there was a difference :)

Before March 15, full registration for OGS members is $115; for non-members, it is $153. The price goes up to $135 and $168 respectively after March 15.

You can download the booklet which contains the registration form at www.ogs.org/conference2009/OGSConferenceBooklet2009.pdf

Tombstone Tuesday: Springtime in the Cemetery

With all of the snow we’ve had this winter — including 6 inches of snow and a half inch of ice we got yesterday and today — I’m in need of some springtime. I took this photo a couple of years ago at Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus. I hope it brings a bit of springtime to you, too!

Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio. Photo by Amy Crow, 2 April 2007; all rights reserved.

Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio. Photo by Amy Crow, 2 April 2007; all rights reserved.

Ohio Historical to close for 1 week

The Ohio Historical Society has announced that, due to further funding cuts from the state, they will furlough employees and close specified sites for the week of March 28 – April 3. The sites that will be closed are:

  • Ohio Historical Center, including the Archives/Library (Columbus)
  • Adena Mansion & Gardens (Chillicothe)
  • Armstrong Air & Space Museum (Wapakoneta)
  • Campus Martius Museum (Marietta)
  • Dunbar House (Dayton)
  • Fort Ancient (Oregonia)
  • Fort Meigs (Perrysburg)
  • Harding Home (Marion)
  • National Afro-American Museum (Wilberforce)
  • Piqua Historical Area (Piqua)
  • Wahkeena (Lancaster)
  • Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor (Youngstown)
  • All history-related services, such as the Ohio Historic Preservation Office

The Archives/Library will re-open on Saturday, April 4. 

The announcement on the OHS website (http://www.ohiohistory.org/sn/010509.html) states that sites managed by OHS partners are not affected. People are urged to check the OHS website for the days and hours of operation for all OHS locations before visiting.

Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly, Dec. 2008

I received the latest Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly [December 2008] in today’s mail. Contents include:

  • The Family of William H. Fyffe of Champaign County
  • Society of Civil War Families of Ohio Roster, 2008
  • OGS 2008 [sic] Writing Competition [I’ll blog about this later]
  • Nathan L. Glover, Akron’s Premier Music Educator
  • 1903 Deaths in Cincinnati, Ohio with Burials Outside of Hamilton County
  • Rose’s Research
  • The Smiths of Champaign County, Ohio
  • Decennial Tax Valuation, Cincinnati Real Estate, 1892
  • Hulda Emilie (King) Richholt Harris Otterbach [I look forward to reading this one. The subject sounds like my Matilda (Debolt) Skinner Crossen Brown McFillen <g>]
  • Book and CD Notices
  • 2008 Surname Index

Ohio Tax Records – Digitized and Online for Free

Some Ohio researchers are familiar with FamilySearch’s partnership with the Ohio Genealogical Society to index early Ohio tax records. After countless hundreds of hours of volunteer time, we are seeing the fruits of the labor! The tax records from 1816 – 1838 for Columbiana, Guernsey, Harrison and Jefferson counties are now on the site, fully indexed and linked to the digital image.

Go to http://pilot.familysearch.org, click on the map of the United States, then scroll down to “Ohio Tax Records, 1816-1838.”

Later today, I will work up some more screenshots showing how to navigate the site. Meanwhile, enjoy these early Ohio tax records!

 

Results for John Ramsey in the Ohio Tax Records on FamilySearch.org.

Results for John Ramsey in the Ohio Tax Records on FamilySearch.org.

 

Showing an early Ohio tax record on FamilySearch.org.

Showing an early Ohio tax record on FamilySearch.org.

New Collections at the Ohio Historical Society

The Ohio Historical Society‘s Manuscripts & Audiovisual team has processed and catalogued several new collections. Some of them sound quite exciting, such as VFM 5699 “Civil War Muster Rolls, Payments and Enlistments” and VFM 5755 “30th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry Muster Rolls.”

The complete list can be found on the OHS blog.

Census Records for Ohio Available for Free

The good folks at FamilySearch announced today that they have added more indexes to their online census collections. Among the good news for Ohio researchers is that Ohio is now included in the 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 and 1900 indexes. Digital images are linked to the index, so you can see the images online for free from the comfort of your own home!

Go to http://pilot.familysearch.org and click on North America on the map to see a full list of all the collections they have online. You can then click on any of those links to get more information about a specific collection or to search.