Summit County Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society

OGS Annual Conference

OGS Conference
April 27-30, 2016
Great Wolf Lodge
Mason, Ohio 
For more information, see:
http://www.ogsconference.org/

Top 25 Free Genealogy Websites

1. FamilySearch: largest collection of free genealogical records in the world

2. WikiTree: enormous collaborative family tree

3. Fulton History: historical newspapers from the US and Canada

4. Find a Grave: locate your ancestors in cemeteries across the globe

5. Google News Archive: millions of archived newspaper pages

6. US National Archives: official US National Archives site, many free genealogy databases and resources

7. Automated Genealogy: indexes of the Canadian census

8. FreeBMD: civil registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales

9. USGenWeb Project: massive free genealogy resource directory by US state and county

10. WorldGenWeb Project: genealogy resources by country and region, not to miss

11. Cyndi’s List: highly respected directory of free genealogy resources and databases online

12. Library and Archives Canada: official archives of Canada, census records and more

13. Ellis Island: immigration records, free indexes and original records, fee to download copies

14. FreeReg: baptism, marriage, and burial records from parish registers of the UK

15. Crestleaf: various genealogy records

16. RootsWeb: world’s largest genealogy community, huge amount of free information

17. Castle Garden: immigration records, pre Ellis Island

18. Chronicling America: giant database of archived US newspapers from the Library of Congress

19. Dead Fred: genealogy photo archive

20. African Heritage Project: records on former slaves, freedpersons and their descendants

21. Family Tree Now: various genealogy records

22. Daughters of the American Revolution: military service records and more

23. JewishGen: Jewish ancestry research

24. FreeCEN: transcribed census records from the UK

25. Access Genealogy: vast family history directories and more, good Native American resources


Genealogy Classes at the Library Spring

The Akron Public Library regular schedules classes for genealogists.  Attached is the schedule for up and coming classes.  Register early as classes fill up quickly.
   
Folllow the link for a list of spring classes. 
http://www.akronlibrary.org/SpecialCollections/images/SC-7577_Discover%20Your%20Family%20History%20with%20new%20url.pdf
 

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.

 

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Upcoming Events
05/21/2016 - 1:30 pm
The Very Basics of DNA
Our speaker will be Julie Wilson.  Julie will cover the 3 types of dna tests that genealogists use, how the results might be used in your research and help connect you with other researchers.  Also covered will be the testing companies available and what resources those companies provide in working with your results.  Join us ...
06/18/2016
Cemetery Invasion
Our cemetery invasion will be back at the Northfield-Macedonia cemetery where hopefully we can finish our mapping of the cemetery.  We hope you will join us.  We will be there from 9AM until at least 1 PM or until we are finished.
07/16/2016 - 1:00 pm
Tour of Polsky Building Archives
This month we will tour the Polksy building and our guide will be telling us about the holdings in this building.  These holdings are the in the repository of the University of Akron.