We are the Gallia County Genealogical Society, OGS Chapter, Inc. and operate as a non-profit organization. We are governed by a seven member board which is elected by a vote of the membership at the Annual Meeting in January. We hold monthly meetings at our office at noon on the second Thursday of the month except for July, August and December. The general public is welcome to attend but only members have voting privileges at the Annual Meeting and only board members have voting privileges at the monthly meetings. Participation is welcomed for all who attend.
Members are encouraged to participate at all meetings and are also welcomed as volunteers at the office. There is much going on at the society on a daily basis and people are needed to input data into a computer, to index probate records, to help those who stop in to research, to copy records and see that family history or other notebooks are kept current with received material, and to create photo albums or scrapbooks. Current projects also include sorting through Civil War data and transcribing funeral home records.
We generally hold several events during the year, such as book signings for local authors, (and we also have their books for sale--see Publications). These events will appear on the calendar when they are scheduled. Sometimes we cosponsor a Help Event for Scouts and 4-H members with the Bossard Memorial Library and every October we sponsor a lineage society banquet during which ancestors are honored and new members are accepted.
Please stop by our office and observe what we are doing. Our main goal is to help researchers and to preserve the records of Gallia County by copying or transcribing and compiling whatever is necessary. Also feel free to contact us with any suggestions or concerns.
In 1982 Henny Evans noticed a real interest
in genealogy in
suggested that a chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society might
be a good idea. She contacted the state level and determined
that we would be in the Athens District. O.G.S.
put her in contact with Beverly Schumacher of
she came to Gallipolis to explain what might be needed. It was
learned that a group of fifteen was necessary to get a charter. In
January 1983 the Gallia County Genealogical Society held its
first meeting and the elected officers were Henny Evans, President,
Mary James, Vice President, Mary Ann Wood, Recording Secretary,
Maxine Northup, Corresponding Secretary and Mike Brown, Treasurer. The
new group discussed many potential projects and eager to start,
they agreed that their meetings would be workshops to work on records.
If the group could get fifteen members we would
be chartered in April at the O.G.S. Conference. Henny
Evans and Mike Trowbridge were elected as delegates to attend the
conference and Mary Ann Wood and Dorothy Frazier also attended. The great news for us was that we had
already grown to seventy-five members by the time we were chartered. We found a list of the first eighty-two
members and see that seventy-five of them were charter members.
We thought maybe you might like to see the names
of the first group of members. They
included Marilyn Adams, Elinor Atkinson, Kathryn A. Baker, Irma Bales,
Mary Blazer, Richard Bradbury, Catherine Brown, Michael Brown, Maj.
Gen. George Bush, Elmer Caldwell, Betty Cantrell, Patricia Compton,
Mr. and Mrs. Byrle C. Cosner, Jr., Jane Daniel, Evelyn Dantz, Esther
Jo Dodson, Kathryn Donohoe, Naomi Durst, Ralph Durst, Nancy Hanks
Ewing, Louise Gravely Eden, Henrietta Evans, Evelyn Fish, Dorothy
Frazier, Susan Frazier, Martha Fuller, Bess Grace, Dr. and Mrs. James
Grooms, Madge Hauldren, Wilma Haycraft, Betty L. Hemphill, Cristi
Hemphill, Douglas E. Hosley, Maria V. Isborn, Mary James, Harris
Jensen, Beulah Johnson, Irene Q. Johnson, Phyllis Johnson, Cheryl
Knowles, Martha Lear, Betty L. White Long, Maxine Marshall, Sandra
Maskew, James McCafferty, Jane McCafferty, Helen Mertian, Elisabeth
C. Marshall, Thomas Moulton, Charles Murray, James Myers, Mary W.
Niday, Maxine Northup, Don O’Rourke, Betty Jo Owen, Wanda Parsons,
Delcie Pound, Mayburt Riegel, Naomi Ringgold, Maxine Roark, Mr. and
Mrs. Jack Russell, Georgianna Rutherford, Marian Schoonover, Doris
Schultz, Rudy Schultz, Eva L. Slater, Clark Stine, Anna Louise Stitt,
Lola Mae Suiter, Albert Tangora, Ruth Tap, Robin
Townsend, Sybil Toops, Michael Trowbridge, Mrs. Robert S. Tuite,
Olive Vieira, Miriam Wood, Mary P. Wood, and Denver Yoho.
During the past twenty-two years since
we were chartered the group has grown to several hundred members. Our chapter has been very active in publishing
books, preserving records, sponsoring chapter management seminar,
helping 4-H students with genealogical projects, participating
in the state O.G.S. student essay contest, and attending conferences
including the National Genealogical Society Conference in 1986
We started First Families of Gallia County, OGS,
Est. 1990 through our association with the Ohio Genealogical Society. As of 2004 we had 572 members with 671
ancestors and it continues to grow yearly. We
then started Civil War Families of Gallia County, OGS, Est. 2004
and chartered seventy-eight members with ninety-two soldiers.
For years we were associated with the Gallia
County Historical Society, but in November 2004, our by-laws were
officially changed allowing us to collect our dues separately from
them. We started doing this in December. At our January 2005 meeting, the group
decided that they would like to see the chapter incorporate. It was voted upon and agreed to.
Incorporation was of the existing group using
their by-laws and three of the officers. No
new group was ever formed. Due
to a dispute over the charter, we re-applied and were granted a new
charter in July 2005. Once
again we are the only recognized OGS Chapter in Gallia County.