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 ...

December 4, 2021
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Christmas in Zoar Village
Experience all the joy and cheer the season has to offer with a visit to historic Zoar Village! Enjoy musical entertainment, a juried craft show, ...

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
theme: Jazz It Up! mile marker 25 on I-71 north of Cincinnati.  See for details.  
Facts and Tips
The census places an ancestor is a specific place at a specific time.
[Census (US)]

Each generation doubles the number of ancestors. It is easy to get lost if you don't plan ahead to reach your goal. Focus on one or two families so you do not become overwhelmed.
[Beginner Tips]

Information contained in vital records is more reliable when it is given near the time of the event. Example: Birth information on a death certificate for a person who was 83 years old is less reliable than the death information. The longer the time from the event occurrence, the less accurate it may be based on the memory of the person involved.
[Vital Records]