We are the Defiance County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. Our mission is to foster an interest in genealogy and preserve local genealogical records.

The Defiance County Chapter OGS does not have its own library. However, the chapter is actively involved in maintaining and expanding the material in all three Defiance County Libraries.

We are working to preserve our history and culture with an emphasis on Defiance County, Ohio. If you have anything historical about Defiance County you would like to share with us, please attend our next meeting or contact us at the P.O. or E-mail below.

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All correspondence and fees should be sent to:

Defiance County Genealogical Society
P.O. BOX 7006
Defiance, OH 43512-7006

Questions: contact us at our E-mail address: defiancegenealogy2002@yahoo.com

Next Meeting:   January 28, 2019 @ St. John United Church of Christ -7:00 pm.

Topic - Rhonda Casler:Trip to England and Scotland

**New Feature**

Edwin Phelps Memoirs

The Chapter has been able to acquire the memoirs of Edwin Phelps.  Mr. Phelps was an early pioneer in Defiance County.  He was an entrepreneur and held some City and County offices.  Some were published in the Defiance County Express in 1886-87 and reprinted in the Defiance Crescent-News in 1934. Another portion was published in the Northwest Ohio Quarterly in 1945. These are reproductions of those articles and are on this website in PDF format and are searchable. This project was encouraged and promoted by the efforts of Richard Rozevink and Dave Bennett. Enjoy!

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W.C. Holgate

Application for Defiance Country Civil War Certificate can be found on the Charts and Forms link

New articles in the "Newspaper Excerpts" section; The Hicksville News - 1882, Defiance Democrat, Pioneers - 1893, Tavern Licenses- 1845-1852, Vendor Licenses - 1845-1856 and Early Wolf Scalps affidavits.

PDF document of World War I Soldiers from Defiance County - This is a searchable PDF file that contains soldiers in World War from Defiance County. It can be found in the Military Secti

1812 Bicentennial Survey

On January 19, 2010, Governor Ted Strickland signed Senate Bill 93 creating the Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. The legislation placed Ohio in the forefront of Midwestern states planning for the bicentennial of the war. The eighteen-member commission was formed to raise public awareness about Ohio's role in this important conflict, while working to strengthen preservation efforts of historic sites across the state.

Ohio was the front line during the early years of the war and the scene of major battles including engagements at Fort Stephenson (Fremont, Ohio), Fort Meigs (Perrysburg, Ohio) and the Battle of Lake Erie (South Bass Island). In addition, numerous skirmishes were fought throughout the state. Thirty-one counties in Ohio have sites directly related to the War of 1812.

The Ohio Bicentennial Commission requests your help by taking a short survey to let them know more about what War of 1812 resources you have in your community and what you are wanting to see come out of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. Please use the following link to take the survey.

War of 1812  Survey

 Eight War of 1812 graves sites were marked and added to the list of known  War of 1812 veterans located in Defiance County today by the U.S. Daughters of 1812, Jacob Stemple Chapter. Susan Leininger, State President, Ohio Society U.S. Daughters of 1812 was present and took part in the ceremony also. The graves sites are located within several  Defiance County  rural cemeteries.

Bell Ringing for the War of 1812

U.S. Daughters of the War of 1812, Bell Ringing 12.00 noon June 18th, 2012, Defiance County East Building, Defiance, OH, Left to Right  Cecelia Brown – Defiance County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, Gladys Donson – U.S. Daughters of the War of 1812 and Richard Rozevink – Working Commission Member of the State of Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.



With your membership, you will receive our quarterly newsletter, "Yesteryears Trails", with unlimited submissions, you will be eligible to apply for First Families of Defiance County

How can you gain from membership in our chapter? - Be active, volunteer to work on committees and help with projects. We can always use help with abstracting information, typing, computer work, indexing, and other work. While you are working on projects you will possibly find information on your family.

How the chapter can gain from your membership? - The Defiance County Chapter is always in need of public relations, so come to the meetings and find out what our society is about. Spread the word to people, let them know that we are an organization where they can always get some type of genealogical information. Please tell everyone you talk to about genealogy and about The Defiance County Chapter of the OGS


Note: The Society Volunteers also do genealogy research by providing a name index search of the books and files in the Defiance County Public Library. Cost is postage and copying fees. Please use our contact form to start the research process.

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