By: Aaron Turner, M.Ed., M.L.I.S.

OGS Yearbook Librarian

As of June 24, 2019 a record-setting total of 1,819 yearbooks have been accessioned to the Ohio Genealogical Society Yearbook Collection since January 1—with over 1,000 books in queue to be cataloged. These books have come from schools, local libraries, and historical groups. I would also like to thank Jen Burns and Randy Maxwell, representatives of the yearbook publisher Herff-Jones, for their donation of over 200 books from the last ten years.  Additionally I would like to extend sincere thanks to the following individuals who have done the pickups from schools, libraries, and historical societies: Troy Bailey; Kenny Burck; Sid & Patti Drumheiser; John Earley; Barbara Farrell; Bonnie Fruhauf; Mindy Hanson; Richard Juergens; Lori Martensen. This group of volunteers has worked tirelessly to coordinate pick ups from schools and store them until transportation to OGS became available. This summer I will be focusing on soliciting donations from historical societies.

PICK UP VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED for the 2019-2020 school year for the following counties:

Adams, Allen, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Champaign, Clermont, Clinton, Columbiana, Coshocton, Cuyahoga [Cleveland and east side], Defiance, Erie, Fairfield, Fayette, Fulton, Gallia, Greene, Guernsey, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Henry, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lake, Lawrence, Logan, Lucas, Mahoning, Meigs, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Paulding, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Preble, Putnam, Ross, Scioto, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Union, Van Wert, Vinton, Washington, Wood, Wyandot.

If you or someone you know would be willing to go to schools, libraries, and historical societies to pick up yearbooks and hold them until you or someone can transport them to OGS, your help would be greatly appreciated. Please email aaronturner@neo.rr.com with your name and contact information and list of counties that you would be willing to help with. Most of the 1,819 yearbooks we have accessioned this year have not come from any of the above listed counties, so if you would like to have your county be more represented within the collection, your help is needed to get the books to OGS. Thank you!!

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