Check out your Ohio roots

“Who do you think you are?”, a popular NBC- TV show this past year, traced the family history of several celebrities, including Ohio native Sarah Jessica Parker.  The show touched off new interest in genealogy and coincidentally it comes at a time that the Ohio Genealogical Society has just opened their brand new, state-of-the-art, library and headquarters near Bellville, Ohio in Richland County.

The 19-thousand square foot family history research library cost 2.5 million dollars  and is named for Samuel D. Isaly who grew up in Richland County and founded the Isaly Dairy Company and invented the Klondike Ice Cream Bar.  His generous donation to the society made the library construction possible.

Sunda Anderson Peters, President of the OGS gave me a tour of the new modern research facility and pointed out that anyone, but especially those with Ohio roots, that wants to discover their family history should make their first stop at the new library just south of Mansfield.

“Bring as much information about your family as you have.”, She said,  ” We have wonderful volunteers here who are very experienced in genealogical research and they are happy to guide you and show you how to start your search.”

The new library contains extensive death and birth records from all over Ohio  as well as census records and many other original research tools in their archives.

There is a $4.00 daily charge to use the library which is open Tuesday-Saturday.   Closed Sunday and Mondays.

…..Read the rest of this story in the October 23rd edition of the Plain Dealer or at their website at

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