Summit County Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society

Meeting Information

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak all of our monthly meetings are currently virtual.  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
January 25, 2022
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Finding Your Family In the U.S. Census - A Genealogy Program
Librarian Jane Gramlich from Main Library's Special Collections Division will share tips and advice on using the U.S. Census for your family research. Registration ...

February 19, 2022
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Genealogist Turns Private Eye: Tips for Finding Living Relatives
   When you think of genealogy or family history, you might be thinking – “dead people”. In reality, it’s the living people who help ...

March 3, 2022
Rootstech Connect
Rootstech is free and online again this year. See for more information and to register.  RootsTech Announces a Virtual Event in 2022 ...

March 19, 2022
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Will The Real Warren Harris Please Stand Up?
   Determine which record corresponds with which man when three men in the same area share the same name by following this case study.  ...

April 16, 2022
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Discovering and Memorializing Your Scottish Ancestors: A Case Study
   Learn methods for researching your ancestors with Scottish roots. The numerous examples of records and resources covered could be applied to your own ...
Facts and Tips
There are various types of deeds for property. The most common are the warranty deed which transfers property with assurance of good title and the quitclaim deed which transfers one person’s interest in the property without guarantee of good title.

When the head of the household (parent) is no longer listed, don’t assume that he or she has died. It is possible that the parent is now living with one of the children.
[Census (US)]

The relationship of the heirs to the deceased may be or may not be given in the will. Don't assume that the wife mentioned is the mother of all the children. Not all children may be mentioned in the will. Deceased children or those who have already received their inheritence were often excluded from the will.
[Probate Records]