Frequently Asked Questions


  • Are handheld scanners allowed? No. Handheld scanners are not allowed while visiting the Archives. This is for the safety of the original records.

  • I am a "paperless genealogist," may I take photos of documents? Yes. You are allowed to photograph the records. Please note that photographing the records with your device (camera, cellular phone, tablet, or other handheld device not a handheld scanner), is the same as requesting a copy and is subject to the same 25 cents per image as though you had requested a paper copy.


  • I'd like to make a donation to the Genealogical Society, is it tax-deductible? Yes! The Logan County Genealogical Society is a 501(c)3, so all donations are tax-deductible. Please be sure to let the Clerk know when you're making a donation and if you need a receipt.

  • I'd like to make a donation of family heirlooms, what items will the Society accept? Unfortunately, space is limited in the Jailer's Residence, so we are unable to accept most items. We would love copies of your family photographs, Bible records, and other family papers.


  • Do you charge a fee for visitors? No. There are no fees to enter or use the Archives for research purposes or for tour groups. We do accept donations.

  • What are the fees charged by the Logan County Archives? Our fees are for copies and postage only. Copy fees are the only source of income for the Genealogical Society and are 25 cents per page. Postage is calculated by the United States Postal Service at the time your research copies are mailed.


  • I'd like to become a member of the Genealogical Society. What do I need to do? Contact the Archives and speak to the clerk. They will let you know what to do.

  • What do I get for my membership to the Genealogical Society? Membership in the Logan County Genealogical Society is $25.00 per year. Payment of yearly dues gives you access to the Friends of the Society area of this website (which is currently under construction). The year runs January 1 - December 31.

  • Is any portion of my membership tax-deductible? Although the Logan County Genealogical Society is a 501(C)3 non-profit, no portion of your yearly dues is tax deductible. Donations made to the Genealogical Society ARE tax deductible.


  • Am I required to wear a mask during my visit? The Logan Fiscal Court has decided the guidelines for us going forward will be:

      • Follow CDC recommendations.

      • You're on the honor system regarding whether or not you wear a face mask.

      • The research room will be limited in the number of people researching at one time.

  • What else do I need to know while planning my visit to the Archives? The important things to know about visiting the Archives are:

      • No food or drinks are allowed while handling the records.

      • The building has two small steps at the front door, but is not ADA.

      • Using ink pens of any type is discouraged, but not banned.

      • The building is a smoke-free zone.

      • Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.


  • Is there parking available? Yes. There is street parking in front of the building along 4th Street, a small parking lot beside the building, and a small parking lot across the street, but may be filled early in the day for those attending court. There is also a larger parking lot in the small shopping center on 3rd Street.


  • Are there restaurants near-by? Not within walking distance, no. The closest eatery is on 3rd Street and there is another in the Bethel Shopping Center. We have several "Mom & Pop" places scattered around town. There are national-chain fast-food restaurants on North Main Street, about 5 minutes from the Archives, and on West 9th Street, about 10 minutes from the Archives. Check with the Archives Clerk for options and locations.


  • I have heard the Genealogical Society can help me obtain a sign for a family cemetery. What do I need to do? You should contact the Archives for the Cemetery Sign Request form.

  • I have heard the Genealogical Society cleans-up old cemeteries. Is this true? This is not true. There are people who can instruct on proper tombstone cleaning, care, and repair. You will need to gather the man-power necessary to complete your project.


  • I'm not a researcher, but I'd love to tour the Old Jail and the Jailer's Residence. Is this allowed? YES! We love sharing the history of the building with others. We encourage small groups of 10 or fewer any time the doors are open. For larger groups, please schedule an appointment with the Archives Clerks. Depending on the size of the group, we may need to call in the Genealogical Society Volunteers to assist.


  • I'd love to be a volunteer. What do I need to do? Volunteers are greatly needed in completing our projects. There are various options to being able to volunteer. Please contact the Genealogical Society President for more information.