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.

August 26, 2022
7:00 pm to 6:00 am
New England Research Genealogy Conference
Five, completely FREE, pre-recorded classes on the topic of New England Research (2 classes are brand new, 3 classes are selected from the members-only ...

September 1, 2022
Legacy Family Tree Webinars Monthly Conference
Join us right here to enjoy completely FREE, pre-recorded classes on the topic of ... Themes: 2nd annual Webtember event (September), Writing and Publishing ...

September 10, 2022
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Organizing Your Genealogy
Feeling scattered and mixed up? You're not alone. Let Dr. Amanda Epperson help with useful ways to conquer those piles of research and plan ...

September 17, 2022
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Navigating the Records From The War of 1812
   From bounty land to pensions, there are no shortage of genealogical records for soldiers from The War of 1812.  Learn why these records ...
Facts and Tips
By the time you have collected data on a couple hundred of your relatives, you will realize that genealogy software would make keeping track of relationships within your tree, filing data about individuals, and generating reports much easier.
[Beginner Tips]

Begin with the latest census available and work backwards.
[Census (US)]

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]