Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society
Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society

Welcome to the Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society website!
Welcome to our website
Our earnest volunteers have worked hard to bring to our audience organized genealogical information, most of it about Franklin County, Ohio.
Realizing that all of us have found clues in unexpected places, don’t leave a click unclicked in our left margin offerings.
Members of FCGHS have access to ALL information on our website while non-members limp along, wondering what might lie behind the magic door that could be the answer to their genealogical problems.
Limp no more!
Become a Member of FCGHS for only $15 and who knows what you will find: ancestors, indexes, records, friends, opportunities and appreciation.
Rebecca Rinehart Taft
Our society will also provide research services for a fee. $15.00 for members, $25.00 non-member. Minimum of one hour research time, payable in advance. Other charges may apply such as copying, faxing, microfilm rental etc. Before research can be started, you will need to complete a research form. Click on the "link" if you have questions concerning your research contact FCGHS at (614) 871-2110 or e-mail                           Research Request Form
Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society
Nov. 14, 2015 (Saturday)
10:30am - 12:30pm
Military History Research -
World War II
Are you interested in how to research the experience of an Ohio soldier during World War II ?  This presentation will focus on Ohio Sinking Fund Commission Records, private manuscript, and published sources that provide resources for you.


800 E. 17th Ave.,
Columbus Ohio, 43211
$15.00 OHS / FCGHS members,
$20.00 non-members

For more information Call (614) 871-2110



Join us on Facebook!
The FCGHS has a Facebook group where we publicize events and discuss genealogy.
Find us by searching “Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society”
and request to join—an administrator will approve you
Here is a direct link:    Facebook

The Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society will search for a copy of an obituary/death notice in local newspapers for a cost of $5.00 per obituary.
Early obituaries, usually before 1933, require a researcher to search the entire paper looking for the announcement.  This usually requires at least 1 hour of research.  Normal society research fees apply:   $15 for FCGHS members and $25 for non-members.
The society will accept e-mail ( requests with the understanding obituaries will not be sent until payment is received.
Please remit payment, (check or money order), the name and death date of deceased to:   FCGHS,  3378 Park Street  Suite D,  Grove City, OH  43123.


The Pioneer Families of Franklin County

CLICK HERE to review the names of the original pioneers from Franklin County.
These men and women are known to arrive in Franklin County prior to December 31, 1830.  
The first column contains their last name, second column their first, third column is when they arrived in Franklin County.
If your ancestor(s) name is listed, you are eligible to join the FCGHS Pioneer Family Lineage Society.  Each year, FCGHS honors new applicants at a Lineage Society luncheon.  Newly accepted applicants will receive a Pioneer Family Lineage certificate, Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society Pin, and a Pioneer Lineage bar which attaches to the pin.
To apply to the Pioneer Family Lineage Society ( or any of the other 5 lineages) click on the words "Lineage Societies" found in the green section, upper left hand side of the home page and fill out the application.  If you have any questions, contact the Society office at 614-871-2110.

Office Hours
Monday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m
Remember all of our research materials have been moved to the:
Columbus Metropolitan Library
96 S. Grant Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215
Columbus Metropolitan Library Renovation 
The Genealogy Division at the Main Library moved to the former
Whitehall Branch
4371 E. Broad Street
Refer to
blog for addtional information


Volunteer Recognition & Christmas Party

Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society


Schmidt’s Sausagehaus

When: Saturday, December 5, 2015

Where: 240 E. Kossuth Street, Columbus, OH

Time: 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM…lunch served 12:00 noon

Cost: $ 20.00

Buffet Lunch: Schmidt’s Famous Bratwursts, Bahama Mamas,

Baked Chicken, German Potato Salad, Sauerkraut w/pork, Green Beans, Chunky

Applesauce, Tossed Green Salad, Rolls, Coffee, Tea, Iced Tea, Soda and the delicious


Guest Speaker

Tom Rieder, Reference Archivist, OHC

“Researching Wills & Estates in Ohio Before 1852”

All Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society members, volunteers and their guests are welcome. We are limited to 40, so don’t wait, send your check and the Reservation Slip today!

Deadline for reservations is Monday, November 30.

No walk-ins


Kroger Community Rewards Program & Re-Enrollment

By shopping at Kroger from May 1, 2015 through July 31, 2015 family, friends neighbors and FCGHS members have earned for the Society $103.36.  Thank you to everyone who has participated.  FCGHS appreciates your support.  It really helps our operating costs.  It is not too late to sign up ! 

In 2014, FCGHS earned $473.47. THIS IS FANTASTIC ! ! ! ! 

Thank you to all the FCGHS members, family and friends that are participating in this fantastic program.
It's not too late to sign up to help the society earn free money.
To sign up go to Enter your 12 digit Kroger card number and our organization number 90427.
Our Society will receive a percentage of the amount you spend. It does not cost you anything or effect your fuel points.
This is a great opportunity for you to help the Society's yearly budget.
Can we TOP $500.00 this year !!!
***Did you know?

Every year you need to re-enroll in the Kroger Community Rewards Program between Apri1 1st - April 30th) No Sooner) To re-enroll go to or and Sign in. Follow the instructions. Please take a few minutes to enroll or re-enroll in this worthy program - it really benefits our Society.

Thank you!


For Genealogical Societies,
Senior Citizen Groups,
Retirement Villages
Family Reunions,
Youth Groups
“Ask Granny”©
coordinator in this area:
Jayne Davis, Education Chairperson,
Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society
Franklin County Genealogical &
Historical Society
3378 Park Street
Ask Granny
"Ask Granny"© is an innovative genealogical outreach program especially designed to be presented by local Genealogical Society members at assisted-living or retirement homes or other places where seniors gather.
Funded entirely by small local contributions, the authors provide FREE specially formatted materials and instructions.
The Franklin County Genealogical Society members will use the materials to guide the seniors as they create a simple ancestral chart for themselves and for their spouses.
The program is very different than a beginning genealogy course. Using only pencils and paper, the Grannies and Grandpas who attend the seminars record their memories of family names, dates, and places them on a chart labeled “A Genealogical Gift to my Family.”
When those pages are preserved in their special gift folder, family members will never have to wonder "why didn't we ask Granny about that?" Whether the students can remember the details of one generation or six, they create an irreplaceable record of family history for their grandchildren and great grandchildren.
At every session, even seniors who think they will remember nothing have been able to record several generations with the help of their instructors.

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