Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society
Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society
Welcome to the Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society !
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 $20 and who knows what you will find: ancestors, indexes, records, friends, opportunities and appreciation.
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) 849-1239 or e-mail                           Research Request Form
Family History Day October 6, 2018

8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Mark your calendars: Columbus Metropolitan Library presents a full day of free genealogy and history activities on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Main Library. The program will include several sessions led by nationally known genealogist J. Mark Lowe


Columbus Metropolitan Library at 96 S. Grant Ave. Columbus, Ohio





As a leading genealogy society in the Ohio, Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society needs dynamic trustees and committee members to work with the board to lead the organization into the future. The board has approved a strategic plan focused on evolving technology and for member participation and education. These priorities will form the cornerstone of the board’s efforts in the next few years.
There are two ways to share your skills. We need strong committee members immediately to supplement our current trustees in five areas: Management, Finance, Member and Chapter Engagement, Technology, and Genealogical Records and Materials. Additionally, you can apply to run for one of the open trustee or officer positions.
A diverse organization seeks out many types of individuals with different life experiences and skill sets to serve in committee or board leadership positions.  As we work to create the genealogy organization of the future, FCGHS is specifically looking for individuals with business management, financial, grant writing, archival, historical, and human resources expertise. In addition, our planned evolution in technology means that we need to incorporate people with IT/technology skills that understand what’s possible and can make recommendations that will advance our capabilities. Education will continue to be a focus of FCGHS, and we welcome individuals with instructional design and teaching skills.
Our committee and board members do not have to be family historians or genealogists but must want to work to bring FCGHS’ successful past into the future. We will continue to push to make our collections and services more accessible to the growing number of people excited by discovering their family history. Above all, we are looking for individuals who have strong skills, and will bring in a fresh point of view based on experiences at other organizations and businesses.
All committee members must be a member of FCGHS. As part of the application process, Board candidates need to verify that they have been an FCGHS member for at least one year and will need to demonstrate relevant leadership skills and experience.
What You Can Expect as a Committee Member
Committee members will attend monthly meetings on the second Thursday of each month at the Columbus Metropolitan Library (Main) downtown Columbus, Ohio, and partner closely with trustees. Other meetings will take place as needed, and each committee member will have specific assignments to help deliver on our strategic plan.
What You Can Expect as A Board Member
Board members are the public face of the FCGHS and serve as a voice of the members. The Board meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Columbus Metropolitan Library (Main) downtown Columbus, Ohio. In addition, you can expect to be on one or more committees which work to drive our society forward in technology, member relations, education, services, management, and to ensure our financial security.
For More Information or to Get a Nomination Form
Nominations must be submitted by the Nominating Committee to the Executive Committee for its approval prior to September 30, 2018. Newly-elected Board members will be announced at the annual meeting of members November 10, 2018.


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

Save the Date:
Family History Day with genealogist
J. Mark Lowe
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Family History Day with J. Mark Lowe

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Join us Saturday, Oct. 6 for a full day of genealogy and history activities! Bring your questions and genealogy research to get help from Main Library’s Local History & Genealogy staff.

Professional genealogist J. Mark Lowe is a featured expert on the PBS series "Who Do You Think You Are?". He will present four informative and interactive sessions:

  • Finding Your Landless Ancestors
  • Dower, Dowry, Detinue: Women and their men's property
  • Focusing on Pathways 'cross the Ohio River
  • Looking for Papa, Finding a People

Also, bring items from your own family history to be scanned and take a tour of the Local History & Genealogy space and Digital Lab at Main Library.

All activities and sessions are free and so is parking in Main Library’s attached garage. Registration suggested.

Table seating is limited to 120 guests. Theater-style seats can accommodate another 300 guests. Seating is first come, first served..


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,  96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215-4702.



Columbus Metropolitan Library
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All you need is your library card. Stop in and see us on the 3rd floor of Main Library, call us at 614-645-2275 or click here for more information.

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) 849-1239 

Office Hours
   Monday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m
or by Appointment


Kroger Community Rewards Program & Re-Enrollment

Thank you for going "Kroger-ing"


Thank you to all the FCGHS members, family and friends (7 households) who are participating in this fantastic program.  Remember the more supporters we have who shop at Kroger, the more free money the Society will earn.


It is not too late to help the Society earn free money.  To sign up... go to    Enter your 12 digit Kroger card number and our organization number JA 546.  (Number has Changed 2018) (We are listed as Franklin Co. Genealogical and Hist. Soc.)  The 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. 

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 April 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!


Help the Society – Order through Amazon 

Here is another way to help the Society! If you purchase anything through, you can participate in their charitable giving program by making the exact same purchase for the same exact price through a program called AmazonSmile at After you have filled out your order you would then designate The Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society (Columbus) as your charity of choice. BEWARE: There are two Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Societies; one in Texas and ours. Just designate Columbus. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.

A small percentage of your purchase is re-directed to the Amazon foundation and directly deposited each fiscal quarter into our bank account. Remember, you pay the same exact price for an item whether you are in the program or not. So please help the Society earn some free money. Thank you for participating in AmazonSmile. 

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
96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215-4702
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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