The Ottawa County Ohio Genealogical Society was organized on November 11, 1969, and has been active for over 50 years. Our chapter is a member of the Ohio Genealogical Society.


The goal of the society is to promote the history of Ottawa County and its people. We accomplish this by assisting our members and others interested in genealogy in tracing their ancestors with emphasis to Ottawa County.


We are very proud of our quarterly newsletter, Marshland to Heartland, which is a combination of chapter news, genealogical helps, member contributions, and lists of surnames and stories from Ottawa County’s past. We believe history and genealogy need to be viewed as one and our newsletter reflects this belief.


Our society meetings are held the third Tuesday of the months of March, April, May, June, September, October, and November. In July or August, a “field trip” is often planned. Regular meetings are generally held at the Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton, Ohio beginning at 5:30 pm. All meetings are open to the public. See “Program Schedule” for a list of speakers.


Over the years, our society has developed a number of publications which are listed on our “For Sale Publication” page.


We welcome anyone who is interested in genealogy and Ottawa County history to become a member. Annual dues are $16 for a single membership and $20 for a couple. A membership application can be found by clicking the membership link under the main menu.

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