Tom Olin's blog

Join us!

  • Posted on: 19 January 2013
  • By: Tom Olin

Membership in the Olin Family Society is free and open to all descendants (including spouses) of John OLIN and Susannah SPENCER. To join, use the OFS Membership Request Form. Membership includes an account on this site. For more information, contact Genealogist Tom Olin via our Contact page.


  • Posted on: 4 June 2017
  • By: Tom Olin

In case you hadn't noticed, this site has been updated. I'm still cleaning up some loose threads, but please let me know if you find any problems.

Missing Web Forms!

  • Posted on: 9 February 2017
  • By: Tom Olin

Our site's migration to our new hosting provider has had a couple casualties. Since the site moved back in mid-January, our Membership Request Form and Vital Statistics Form have been silently failing. Submissions were acknowledged, but I never received them.

The problem has been resolved. If you used either form since January 17, please resubmit them.

I apologize for the error.

We've moved - virtually.

  • Posted on: 17 January 2017
  • By: Tom Olin

I have just moved this site to a new hosting provider. One of the key benefits is that we now have a first-class SSL certificate using the name "". The old alternate name "" will no longer work. Update any bookmarks accordingly.

There might be some loose threads remaining from the move. If you notice anything amiss, please let me know.

Special Offer for Ashtabula 2016 Attendees!

  • Posted on: 13 July 2016
  • By: Tom Olin

If anyone arrives a day or two early for the Ashtabula reunion, Barrie Bottorf has offered to take people on tours of local covered bridges, cemeteries, or other attractions of interest. If you're interested, please contact Barrie via the Contact form on this site. BE SURE to select the "2016 Reunion Tours" category on the form!

You can do us a BIG favor!

  • Posted on: 9 April 2016
  • By: Tom Olin

If you recently received one of our yellow brochures about this summer's big reunion in Ashtabula, then this message is for you.

The biggest expenses we have at the OFS are the production and mailing of reunion postcards and brochures. (Newsletters are funded by subscriptions.) In order to reduce costs, we use e-mail instead of postal mail wherever we can. Unfortunately, for hundreds of our cousins, we don't have e-mail addresses, so we must rely on the postal service to reach them. discontinuing Y-DNA and mtDNA tests!

  • Posted on: 8 June 2014
  • By: Tom Olin is discontinuing its Y-DNA and mtDNA tests, effective September 5. Anyone who used one of those tests should download their data for safekeeping. I have downloaded data for the 7 men who participated in the OFS Y-DNA project a few years ago, but those men may want to download copies for themselves.