Tom Olin's blog
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.
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.
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 "olinfamilysociety.org". The old alternate name "olinfamilysociety.nozonenet.com" 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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
ancestry.com 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.