OHIO was admitted to Statehood on March 1, 1803.
It was the first state admitted to the Union under the Northwest Ordinance.
The origin of state's name was from the Iroquois Indian word for "good river". Native Americans in today's
Ohio included the Shawnee, Iroquois, Miamis, and Wyandots
Ohio's State Flag was adopted in 1902.
The Ohio Burgee, as the swallowtail design is properly called,
was designed by John Eisemann. The large blue triangle represents Ohio's hills and valleys, and the stripes represent
the original states of the union; the 4 stars added to the peak of the triangle symbolize that Ohio was the 17th
state admitted to the union. The white circle with its red center not only represents the "O" in Ohio,
but also suggests Ohio's famous nickname, "The Buckeye State".
Eight U.S. presidents hailed from Ohio at the time of their elections,
earning the state the nickname of "Mother of Presidents". The seven presidents born in Ohio were Ulysses
S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison (grandson of William Henry Harrison), William
McKinley, William Howard Taft and Warren G. Harding
William Henry Harrison lived most of his life in Ohio, though he was born in Virginia
The Capitol of Ohio is COLUMBUS
in Franklin County Ohio
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A SPECIAL NOTE
We'd like to extend a very special THANK YOU to our past Ohio state host, Linda Dietz. The amount of work that
she put into transcribing data for all our county websites is just amazing. When she was with us, she went about
her business without any drama, didn't demand any special recognition - just went and did her thing for the pure
joy of doing genealogy. The amount of data she put onto these sites far surpasses that done by any previous host
and it was all done accurately and presented in easy to read formats. For all her efforts, I know Ohio researchers
will join us in thanking her and wishing her good luck in dealing with the health issues which caused her to resign
from our group.
In picking up where Linda left off, we'd also like to extend our thanks to Jeanne Hall, who stepped into a difficult
situation and handled it very well. We wish her the best of luck as she deals with her own health issues.