Hello to my family members

  • Posted on: 1 July 2014
  • By: John Carey

Hello all,
I just joined the OFS today and wanted to send my greetings to my family members.

My family branch connects through my Maternal grandfather Edwin McClarin who was the son of Rachel Olin. That family was based out of Buffalo New York where I grew up. I look forward to learning more about the Olin family in the future.
best regards,

Ancestry.com discontinuing Y-DNA and mtDNA tests!

  • Posted on: 8 June 2014
  • By: Tom Olin

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.

Show us your lineage!

  • Posted on: 17 February 2014
  • By: Tom Olin

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.

Organizing an OFS International Reunion

Since the Olin Family Society officially organized in 1992, there have been 4 International Reunions held at 5 year intervals. These 3-day events are attended by Olin relatives from the United States and Canada and typically attract 125 participants. The first International Reunion was held in Fargo North Dakota in August 1996. It was the first continent-wide gathering of Olin's in several generations. The second such reunion was held in 2001 in Binghamton, New York. The third international Olin reunion was held in August 2006 in Kennewick, Washington.


Maretta Olan Fair (1929-2014)

  • Posted on: 21 January 2014
  • By: Tom Olin

I am saddened to report that Maretta Olan Fair passed away on Monday, January 20. She was the mother of Jo-Anne Moriarty, the founding president of the OFS.

Neither Maretta nor her late husband Joe ever held official positions in the organization, but they were actively involved from the very beginning. They participated in multiple organizational meetings, including hosting one at their home in Lakefield, Ontario. Both continued to attend family reunions and activities as long as they were able.


  • Posted on: 10 October 2013
  • By: Carrie Ann Bowers

Hello! My name is Carrie. I am the child of John Ward Olin III. I am new to this site. I have never blogged before. Just wanted to say hello! I am anxious to meet my fellow family members.