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
June 6, 2022
2022 Events - June update
Check the Forum page for other possible event postings.

July 1, 2022
Legacy Family Tree Webinars Monthly Conference
Join us right here to enjoy completely FREE, pre-recorded classes on the topic of ... Themes: Military (July), New England (August), 2nd annual Webtember ...

July 16, 2022
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
It’s Not All Online: Researching in Archives
   “Statistics say that there is less than 10% of all the world’s genealogical records are online”. This statement has been said by many ...

July 30, 2022
10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Austro-Hungarian Genealogy with Stephen Wendt
The Austro-Hungarian Empire presents significant research challenges for genealogists. Join Stephen Wendt for two informative sessions designed to ease these hurdles.   Stephen will present ...

August 13, 2022
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Ohio Probate Records and Deeds with Dana Palmer
Learn how probate records and deeds can solve mysteries and provide details for your Ohio genealogy research.  Dana will present two virtual lectures: Ohio ...
Facts and Tips
Probate records vary in content but can include wills, inventories, letters of administration and guardianship. Records are usually found at the county courthouse, but they may have been transferred to an Archive.
[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]

Death Certificates were not widely required before 1910. Some places may have kept ledger books for earlier deaths.
[Vital Records]