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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.

Missing Web Forms!

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.

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!

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!

NY/PA Reunion Location Change

Heads up to anyone planning on attending the NY/PA Olin Reunion this summer!

The location has been changed from Grippen Park to the Roundtop Picnic Area just up the street. See the Reunions page for directions.

You can do us a BIG favor!

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.

Dr. Olin Retires

The Lancaster, PA, newspaper has an article about the retirement of Dr. Stephen T. Olin.
Thanks to Peg Olin of Montrose, PA, and her daughter Jacqueline Balderston of Lancaster, PA, for bringing this to my attention.

Warren Olin (1922 - 2014)

Warren Olin died yesterday, June 8, at his home in Owego, NY. He wrote a 2-volume history of the Joseph Olin family and helped create the Olin Family Society, of which he was the first Historian. He was 92. discontinuing Y-DNA and mtDNA tests! 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.

Show us your lineage!

I have added a profile field for storing your OLIN lineage. I encourage all users to type in their lines so that other users can figure out how you're related.

To add your lineage or to see someone else's, you must be logged in to this site. Click on My Account > Edit > Personal Information and fill in the Lineage box as shown in the instructions.

To find someone else's lineage, search for them by name using the Search box and then click on the Users search results.

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