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
Genealogy Cafe

Saturday, April 1, 2017

10:00 am to 11:30 am

Genealogy Cafe

Join the Local History and Genealogy staff for an informal question and answer session on genealogy. Bring a cup of coffee and any questions you may have on your family history

For more information CLICK here 



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

AAIG 25th Anniversary Luncheon

Hosted by the Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society
African American Interest Group
"Lest we Forget”
Keynote Speaker: Char McCargo Bah
National Genealogist of Alexandria, Virginia
Saturday, May 6, 2017
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
$30 Prior to April 28th (Lunch included)
Promotional souvenir booklet ads are available for purchase
to promote your business or to honor your family history
NEW!! You now have the option to pay using PayPal
  • Columbus Metropolitan Library

    96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215-4702

  • Char McCargo Bah is a native of Alexandria, Virginia and has concluded genealogical research since 1981. She has appeared on the History Detectives, has a quarterly lecture series with the Alexandria Black History Museum titled Their Voices Can Be Heard, and is a recipient of the Alexandria Special History Award for her work on the Alexandria Freedmen Cemetery Project.  
    Seating is limited. Purchase your ticket now!



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.


Researching Your Virginia Ancestors

The Genealogical Committee of the Western Reserve Historical Society is pleased to present a full-day seminar, "Researching Your Virginia Ancestors," on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Cleveland History Center. Our speaker, Barbara Vines Little, is a nationally-recognized expert in Virginia research, not to mention an engaging, entertaining presenter. She will give four presentations for family historians of all levels:

- Born in Virginia, How Do I Find Him?

- Researching Virginia’s Records, Part 1

- Researching Virginia’s Records, Part 2

- Virginia Sources for West Virginia Researchers


Complete information and registration can be found at /spring-seminar-researching-yo ur-virginia-ancestors/


You can also download a printable flyer/registration form at: ewer?url= wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Res earching-Your-Virginia-Ancesto rs.pdf


Barbara Vines Little Bio: M. Ed., University of Virginia; former president and director, National Genealogical Society; former president and governor, Virginia Genealogical Society; coordinator, Virginia track, Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, coordinator, Virginia track, SLIG (Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy); editor of the Virginia Genealogical Society’s quarterly Magazine of Virginia Genealogy and former editor bimonthly Virginia Genealogical Society newsletter.


We hope to see you there!


Chris Staats

Seminar Chair of the Genealogical Committee,

an auxiliary of the Western Reserve Historical Society


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
or by Appointment
PLEASE Do NOT leave a voice mail on our telephone
we can not access the new system yet
PLEASE e-mail any concerns or quetsion


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 90427.  (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 affect 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 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!


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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