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

Presidents Message

February 2018 President’s Message
Didn’t we just celebrate Christmas? Seems as though this year is already in fast forward mode. With that being said I guess it is okay to take a major leap to April. On April 11-14 the Ohio Genealogical Society OGS) will host their 2018 OGS Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency, Columbus, Ohio. If you haven’t already and you’re interested in being a conference volunteer please email me at  as soon as possible. Don’t be left out; it’s a great opportunity to take advantage of this incredible local event. This year Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society (FCGHS) is sponsoring the 2018 keynote speaker is Mark Lowe. The conference theme this year is “Blazing New Trails”. Go to for sign-up and additional conference information.
Another upcoming event you may want to take advantage of is the Franklin County DNA Spring Workshops. Starting this Sunday February 4, 2018 DNA will present Introduction to Genetic Genealogy. February 11th Intermediate Genetic Genealogy, Feb 18th Introduction to GedMatch, March 11th Using spreadsheets with GedMatch and Ancestry, and March 25th is Using the Segment Matching tool in GedMatch. All workshops take place at the Main Library 96 S Grant Avenue and run from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. You may register at DNA meetings take place on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm.
FCGHS has a lot going. If you want to get connected with some great folks join us in our Interest Group meetings. Our newest group Technology will have their next meeting on Wednesday February 7, 2018 and promises you’ll be amazed at the skills you walk away with. Bring your laptops, IPad, or cell phone so that you may participate in on the fun. TIG meetings take place on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm. To round out your February calendar consider taking advantage of the FCGHS African American Interest Group on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm, at the Main Library. In February AAIG will present African American Pioneers of Franklin County.
Finally, beginning Saturday February 17, 2018 FCGHS will have four yearly Society Meetings with great guest speakers. Our first speaker will be FCGHS Past President Jayne Davis. She will present “Starting Your Family History” The presentation will take place at the Main Library, Columbus, Ohio at 10:00 am – 12 noon. The Society meetings are open to all and all are welcome.
Gayle Wilson,
FCGHS President
Remember to renew your membership. Consider a Life Membership