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 every other 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
February 29, 2024
RootsTech 2024
100% Free Virtual Event Online at Sponsored by FamilySearch

March 16, 2024
10:30 am
Research at the Akron Ohio FamilySearch Center
Join us for our monthly meeting at the Akron Ohio FamilySearch Center located at 106 E Howe Ave, Tallmadge, OH 44278.  We will meet at ...

April 10, 2024
OGS 2024 Conference
Ohio Genealogical Society’s 2024 Conference will take place at Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, 7000 Kalahari Drive, Sandusky OH 44870 from 10 April to 13 ...

April 11, 2024
5:00 pm to 5:00 pm
24-hour genealogy webinar marathon
The 5th Annual 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon hosted by and MyHeritage.    

April 20, 2024
8:30 am to 11:30 am
Early Morning Genealogy
Special Collections hosts a spring get-together for genealogy researchers. Mingle and share with fellow genealogists as you uncover the details of your ancestry.    ...
Facts and Tips
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]

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

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