Welcome to the Osborne Origins website. This site is for
dissemination of Osborne genealogical information and coordination of
research on Osborne family history. Included are abstracts of public
records, linked pedigrees, queries, etc. New information is continually
being added. If you are a first time visitor, please visit the "Help
& FAQs" page by clicking on the link on the left. That page gives some
information helpful in knowing how to navigate around the Osborne
Origins website. Also, please consider signing the guestbook
By its nature, Osborne Origins is considered a secondary
source. The information here comes from a variety of sources, original and
secondary. You are encouraged to verify any information found here that
pertains to your family line. Please see the
Standards for Sound Genealogical Research.
This site contains information on many unrelated
Osborne families and the vast majority of information here does not pertain
to the compiler's personal family line.
The records are posted here so you can perform your own search
through them. Please read the information on making contributions to
Osborne Origins and the Queries section.
What's available at the Osborne Origins website?
- Help & FAQs
The Osborne Origins website
contains a large amount of information. To
organize this information, the website has a
number of "layers" and uses multiple browser
windows. This page provides help in understanding
how to use the Osborne Origins
- Linked Family Records
group records linked from generation to
generation. There are over 14,100 individuals in
over 1,300 families. Many of the individuals given
here have links to the source records (see below)
where the information on them is found. The
Linked Family Records is on another webpage. Use
this link or the link in the menu on the left to
go to the Linked Family Records.
- Source Records
Abstracts of vital Records, census
records, biographies, court records, etc.
information includes all 1790-1850 census data for
Osbornes (all spellings) in all states.
There are over 600
biographies taken from county histories, pensions,
and other family records. A record regarding
a particular person may contain a link to where
that person appears in the Linked Family Records.
This enables one to get additional information on
that person. The list of available records is on
another webpage. Use this link or the link in the
menu on the left to go to the Source Records.
References to books or periodical
articles containing significant information
on Osborne families. Ordering information is
provided when known.
- The Osborn-Ausburn DNA Project
Thomas Osborne and Tony Ausburn are co-administrators
for the Ausborn/Osborn DNA Project. Participating in
the project might help you solve your "brick wall".
Of course, the project is also looking for participants
whose Osborn lineage is known in order to provide DNA
reference points for those still looking for their
ancestors. Visit this page for more information on
how to participate in the project.
- Register Your Reseach Interest
Have you found your ancestors in the Linked
Family Records or in census records or a
will or other probate record
posted at Osborne Origins?
You can have your email address listed with the
records pertaining to your direct ancestors.
Have you contributed records for posting at
Osborne Origins? Then you can have
your email address listed with the records on
any Osbornes you have a research
interest in. For further information on registering
your research interests, please click on the link
- Search for Information
Search Osborne Origins, Ancestry, or the Internet
for information on your family.
- Osborne Message Boards and Mail Lists
Information on posting queries and subscribing to the OSBORN-L and
OSBORNE-L mail lists.
- Other Osborne Websites
Other websites of particular interest to Osborne researchers.
- Links to general interest genealogy websites
Websites of general interest to genealogical researchers.
- Information on making contributions to
Help add to Osborne Origins. Your submissions
are welcome. This lets you know what I am looking for.
- Recent Additions and Updates
A list of what has recently been added or updated in
You can register your research interest in any or all of your direct Osborn(e)
ancestors who appear in various records posted at Osborne Origins.
This includes the Osborne Origins Linked Family Records (but
currently not the Paul Phipps Linked Family Records), census
records, or any will or other probate record posted at Osborne
Origins. Your interest is recorded as an email link which other
researchers can click on to send an email message to you. To see how
this works in the Linked Family Records, you can see my email
link indicating my interest in
Osburn. To see how an email link appears in census records, please see
the 1850 Owen Co., KY Census
Have you contributed source records for posting at Osborne Origins?
In this case you can register your interest in any Osborn(e)s you are
[Note: Please do not send queries to me using this email link. If you have
a query, please post at Ancestry's Osborn message board or email to the
OSBORN-L email list -- I visit all of the various Osborn(e) message boards
and am on the OSBORN-L email list. If I have any pertinent information,
I will contact you.]
To register your research interest:
Click here and provide me with the following information:
- Your email address to use in the email links.
- Your name or "handle" as you want it to appear in the
This can be just your first name, just your last name, your full name,
a handle, or even your email address again. Just let
me know how you want it to appear. Examples are "Lee", "Lee Osborne",
"root digger", or "email@example.com".
- The full names of your ancestors. For Linked Family
Records, please give me the Record Identification Numbers(RINs)
that appear with your ancestors' names in the Linked Family Records.
For instance, my ancestor is Doctor Frank Osburn-4. I have to have the RINs
to make sure I have the right people.
For census records, please give me your ancestors' names, what census years,
states, county names, and page and line numbers. This is needed to make sure
I put your email links where they properly belong.
For will or other probate records, please give me your ancestor's names,
the URL (web address) of the page where the will or probate is located at
Osborne Origins and the date of the will or probate. This way
I will get the email link on the proper will or probate record.
Your ancestor doesn't appear at Osborne Origins:
Sorry, your research interest can't be posted at Osborne Origins.
Please consider posting a query at a GenForum or Ancestry/Rootsweb message
board or sending a query out on a Rootsweb mail list.
Another thing to consider is making a contribution of source records to
Osborne Origins. With your contribution, you will be credited
with the contribution and your email link will appear with it. Please see
the information on contributing to Osborne Origins.
Osborne Message Boards and Mail Lists
Post or search for Osborne (all spellings) queries or messages at any of the following
Joining Mail Lists:
Queries previously submitted to the Osborne Origins query page
can be viewed on Query Page 1 and
Query Page 2. Queries are no longer being
accepted for posting on Osborne Origins.
- Ancestry Message Boards
- GenForum Message Boards
- Osborne Origins Message Board
Osborne Origins Message Board
Message Board Temporarily Closed
This message board is open for viewing by the general public, but
is not intended for posting queries. Rather, it is intended for
posting source materials by a group of researchers coordinating their
research. To learn more about this board, please visit it.
Anyone can browse the board, but to post to it, you need to be a
registered user of the board. If you are interested in posting to
the board, or are interesting in moderating a forum at the Osborne
Origins Message Board, please email me at
The best message board to post your Osborn query or message at is the
RootsWeb/Ancestry Osborn message board. Postings on this board are
automatically forwarded to the OSBORN-L mail list for even broader
distribution. I also recommend posting to either the Osborne GenForum
or Osborn GenForum message boards as some people use the GenForum
boards and not the RootsWeb/Ancestry boards.
Do you have photocopies or transcripts of source records that might be
of interest to other Osborne researchers? Please contact me at
to discuss what we can do with your records. Thanks.
There are a number of changes happening at Osborne Origins. This is to
let you know what is going on. Please be aware that all of the things
listed below are going on in parallel over a period of time, so you won't
see everything happening at once.
- Posting of PDF files
Most records posted now will be PDF files of images of original or
recorded records, rather than typed transcripts or abstracts. As time
permits, I will be posting PDFs of records previously posted only as
transcripts or abstracts.
- Reorganization of the records
Over a period of time, I will be reorganizing the records posted at
Osborne Origins to make the records easier to locate.
- Osman and spellings variations now a part of Osborne Origins
I am not really sure why, but quite a number of Osman and Osborn
families have been confused over the years. To insure that all
records for both family names are located, I am also including Osman
families as part of Osborne Origins.
- A new marriage record index
I am producing a new marriage record index. The new index is organized
first by given name and then by marriage date. For individuals who are
in the "Linked Family Records", there are links to their records in the
Linked Family Records. So far, only IL, IN, IA, MI and OH marriages are
included in the records.
Whether you wish to make a contribution to the Osborne Origins website, wish to report
a bad link, or have a correction to the records that are posted at Osborne Origins,
I can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.