The Franklin County (Ohio) Genealogical and Historical Society has five Lineage Classifications for members to recognized their ancestors. The Pioneer Family category has been in existence since 1981. Four new categories were added in 2011. These classifications allow you to honor your Franklin County ancestor(s) and support the work of our Society. (Society By-Laws)
Hello, my name is Darlene Ford, I am the Chairperson for the Lineage Committee.
We highly recommend that you join a Lineage Society. By doing so you let others know about your ancestors. This is a way of honoring them. Also by joining you are letting others know the surnames that you are researching. This gives you the opportunity to meet someone who is researching the same names. Could be they are just across town, or across the country.
The Lineage Classification are:
Direct descendant of an individual living in Franklin County by December 31, 1830.
- Builders and Settlers of Franklin County:
Direct descendant of an individual who settled in Franklin County between January 1, 1831 and December 31, 1860.
Society of War of 1812 Families Of Franklin County:
Direct descendant, or collateral relative, of any person with Franklin County ties who served in the War of 1812.
- Society of Civil War Families of Franklin County:
Direct descendant, or a collateral relative, of any person with Franklin County ties who served in the Civil War.
- Victorian Families of Franklin County:
Direct descendant of persons who arrived in Franklin County from January 1861 to December 31, 1899
- 20th Century Families of Franklin County:
Direct descendant of persons who arrived in Franklin County from January 1900 to December 31, 1999
- 21st Century Families of Franklin County:
Direct descendant of persons who arrived in Franklin County from January 2000 to December 31, 2009
- African American Great Migration Society:
Direct Descendents of African and African American persons that migrated to the county from one of the former slave states from 1880 through 1950
There is a single application form irreguardless of what society you are applying for.
To be accepted into one or more lineage categories you must be:
- A current FCGHS member
- Submit a 5 - generation chart listing the descendant along with the application(s) and documented proof of ancestry.
Applications will be reviewed and the applicant notified of acceptance or additional proof needed.
Membership fee in the Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society for year of induction and the
One -Time Application Fee (For each Lineage Classification)
MEMBERSHIP Applications are available....
1. Requesting one by writing via U.S. mail:
Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society
96 S. Grant Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215-4702
2. At the Society's office in the Columbus Metropolitan Library
3. By printing on your own printer
Applications must be submitted by October 1st for induction at the next Annual Meeting