In the summer of 1978, five ladies from the Bellefontaine and Huntsville areas were spending their Sunday afternoons at the Logan County Historical Museum looking through all the old newspapers available, searching for information on their families.
It is not remembered today who came up with the idea of forming a Genealogical Society. It is also not known which one came up with the idea of asking Dan Gilbert, President of the Historical Society, if we could take over the Museum Library and maintain it as a Genealogical-Historical Library.
By the end of the summer, the ladies had all become very good friends, and in February of 1979, they gathered at the home of Dorthy Knack, and officially formed the Logan County Genealogical Society. The charter members were: Donna Spencer, President; Evelyn Jacobs, Vice President; Corrine Dixon, Secretery and Treasurer; Dorthy Knack, Publicity Chair; and Fanny Parker, Mildred Brunson, Frances Miller, and Margaret Quay, members of the Board. Since that time our society has grown, and in 1982 we had forty members. 2001 was out best year with 468 members. Our current membership is 414.
In the early 1980's, members of the society recorded tombstone inscriptions for about 80 cemeteries in Logan County. These have been published in ten different books, which include all caretaker records that are available. We have many other books for sale.
Several years ago the Probate and Common Pleas Courts ran out of storgae space in the court house. Probate wills and estate files (1818-1920) and all Common Pleas files (1818-1945) are now housed in the Logan County Genealogical Society. Our library and records are available to all researchers.