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
December 23, 2022
7:00 pm to 6:00 am
Census Conference
Five, completely FREE, pre-recorded classes on the topic of Census (1 class is brand new, 4 classes are selected from the members-only webinar library).   • Deconstructing a Conflicted Census Enumeration: ...

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.  
Facts and Tips
Death Certificates were not widely required before 1910. Some places may have kept ledger books for earlier deaths.
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STATE LAND STATES are states that owned and distributed their lands. These states include the original 13 colonies, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Vermont and West Virginia, Hawaii and Texas. These states use the "metes and bounds" system to survey the land.

There were no well-kept regulations for recording marriages and many early marriages are not recorded. Marriage Records may include Bonds, Banns, Application for Marriage completed by the bride and groom-to-be and Returns. Some early marriages may only be recorded in church records.
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