Summit County Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society

Meeting Information

Our monthly meetings will be hybrid, meeting both in-person at the Akron Main Library and online.  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
April 1, 2023
9:15 am to 5:00 pm
IGS 2023 Annual Conference
Indiana Genealogical Society 2023 Annual Conference The featured speaker will be Amy Johnson Crow.  Join IGS on April 1, 2023, for our Annual Conference! ...

April 13, 2023
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
24-hour genealogy webinar marathon
The 4th Annual 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon hosted by and MyHeritage.    

April 15, 2023
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Carrying Our Story Forward, Sharing Family Ancestry - Mary Ann Horak
Lots of reasons why our family ancestry should be shared but, what is the best way to share? What to do with keepsakes, bibles, ...

April 22, 2023
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Daniel Horowitz, Genealogy Expert at MyHeritage
Six Free Hybrid Genealogy Lectures in Metropolitan Cleveland, 22 and 23 April 2023 sponsored by the North East Ohio Genealogy Round Table, an undertaking ...

April 22, 2023
10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Genetic Genealogy with Richard Hill
Navigate the complexities of genetic genealogy with Richard Hill. Register online, in person, or by phone at 330.643.9030 to receive a Zoom link. Would ...
Facts and Tips
Soundex is a system of coding names for the census based on sound rather than alphabetical spelling. A variation called American Soundex was used in the 1930s for a retrospective analysis of the US censuses from 1890 through 1920.
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In addition to the population census, there are a number of special censuses: Slave, Agriculture, Industry & Manufacturing, Mortality, Social Statistics, Union Veteran and Widow, Defective, Dependent and Delinquent. Not all of the Special Census counts were taken every 10 years.
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Be sure to look at both the "Grantor Index", an index to those selling the land and the "Grantee Index", an index to those buying the land