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
February 18, 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, ...

March 2, 2023
Join us at the world's largest family history conference in Salt Lake City, Utah and on the website to discover, share and experience family ...

April 26, 2023
Ohio Genealogical Society Conference
theme: “What Brought Them Here?” See for details.  

May 1, 2023
2023 Event Calendars
Summit County Chapter OGS Sat., Jan 21, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. - 1950 Census and Find A Grave, Howland Davis II Sat., Feb 18, 2:00 ...

May 2, 2023
Finding Your Roots Season 9 Schedule
Episode 4: Far From Home - Tuesday 24 January 2023     with Jamie Chung, Danny Trejo and Cyndi Lauper Episode 5: Rising from the Ashes ...
Facts and Tips
Death Certificates were not widely required before 1910. Some places may have kept ledger books for earlier deaths.
[Vital Records]

The census places an ancestor is a specific place at a specific time.
[Census (US)]

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]