Summit County Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society

Meeting Information

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak all of our monthly meetings are currently virtual.  Information for meetings will be listed under the Events section.
The Summit County Library has revised their hours of operation, please check the website for the latest information.  Please check out the on-line resources on their website.  There are an assortment of databases for your use.

Akron-Summit Library Special Collections Classes

The Akron Summit Public Library holds classes on Genealogy each month. 

Ohio Genealogical Society Library

The Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) Library is open free of charge to OGS members. Non-member visitors may utilize all materials in the library by paying a $5.00 per day fee. Ample parking is provided free of charge. All public areas of the building are handicapped accessible.

The Library is open Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 AM—5:00 PM. It is closed Sunday, Monday, Major Holidays, during the annual OGS Conference, and when Mansfield City Schools are closed for inclement weather.

The Stanley and Marjorie Meek Ellis Computer Room features 16 patron stations and an instructor’s monitor with access to the Office Professional Suite and many subscription databases. Free WiFi is available throughout the building.

OGS offers several choices of microfilm/microfiche readers and scanner/copiers. Patrons may make photocopies of books, manuscripts, and print from the computers for 20 cents per page for letter or legal sizes. Ledger size (11”x17”) copies are 40 cents per page. Color photocopies are $1.00 per page.

A lunchroom with refrigerator and microwave is available for patron use. Snacks and beverages may be purchased. Several restaurants are within a 5-minute drive.


Cyndi's List of Digitized Books

Cyndi's List has assembled a collection of more than 325,000 digitized genealogy and family history publications including family histories.

Upcoming Events
September 1, 2021
Membership Renewal
It's that time again to renew your membership for next year.  Bring the renewal form and membership fee to any of the remaining meetings this ...

November 15, 2021
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Virtual DNA Genealogy Group Meeting
Ask questions and get answers about your DNA genealogy research during this discussion meeting. Register to receive a Zoom link.  ...

November 20, 2021
11:30 am to 3:00 pm
Visit to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah
SCCOGS Annual Banquet. Jane Gramlich, librarian in Special Collections, Akron-Summit County Public Library, will be speaking about her Visit to the Family History Library in ...

March 3, 2022
Rootstech Connect
Rootstech is free and online again this year. See for more information and to register.  RootsTech Announces a Virtual Event in 2022 ...

April 27, 2022
Ohio Genealogical Society Conference
Jazz It Up!   See for details.  
Facts and Tips
The relationship of the heirs to the deceased may be or may not be given in the will. Don't assume that the wife mentioned is the mother of all the children. Not all children may be mentioned in the will. Deceased children or those who have already received their inheritence were often excluded from the will.
[Probate Records]

There were no well-kept regulations for recording marriages and many early marriages are not recorded. Marriage Records may include Bonds, Banns, Application for Marriage completed by the bride and groom-to-be and Returns. Some early marriages may only be recorded in church records.
[Vital Records]

The first census was taken in 1790; there are no censuses before 1790. Before 1790, use Tax Lists and other local lists that might have been compiled.
[Census (US)]