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
August 14, 2021
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Using Historical Newspapers in Your Genealogy Research
Learn about significant clues that historic newspapers can bring to your genealogy research.

September 11, 2021
Family History Discovery Day 2021
We're expanding our program this year to include 6 total hours of classes and presentations.  Because Discovery Day is a virtual event, feel free ...

October 1, 2021
6:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Late Night
The Special Collections Division and the Summit County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society are once again teaming up for Late Night at the Library. ...

October 8, 2021
11:00 am
Webinar Library: 2021 Joy Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series
The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) will host six free webinars live and to the public as this year’s Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series ...

October 16, 2021
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Family History Fair
Family History Center, Tallmadge, Ohio More information later.
Facts and Tips
An "executor" is named by the testator (the person who wrote the will) and is required by the court to post a bond. An "administrator" is appointed by the court to handle the affairs of someone who died intestate (without a will).
[Probate Records]

Broadly, most surnames fall into four categories. Surnames derived from given names include Johnson, Williams, and Thompson. Most often they are patronymic, referring to a male ancestor, but occasionally they are matronymic. Occupational surnames refer to the occupation of the bearer. Examples include Smith, Clark, and Wright. Locational or topographic surnames are derived from the place that the bearer lived. Examples include Hill, Woods, and Ford. See place names. Surnames derived from nicknames include White, Young, and Long.
[Beginner Tips]

Vital Records include birth, marriage, divorce and death records.
[Vital Records]