Ohio Genealogy Society
Research Requests: The Genealogy chapter will now provide research on a limited scale and only pre-paid. Please use this form when requesting research. All work is done by volunteers and all money after expenses goes to the chapter. The Genealogy Chapter is not the same group as the Historical Society and research requests are handled by different people and there is a different cost structure.
Officers for 2017
OFFICERS: President, Donna Creary; Vice-President, Barb Petroski; Secretary, Linda Ferguson; Treasurer, Gary Ferguson; Newsletter, Barb Petroski
Dues for the Chapter are $10.00 for single membership and $12.00 for two or more at one address. Dues are payable January of each year.
First Settlers of Portage County
Open to any member of the Chapter who can prove that their direct ancestors were in Portage County prior to December 31, 1840. Applications with completed documentation and a one time fee of $15.00 is due June 1st of any year. The chapter holds an annual luncheon honoring the approved applicants in October.
The Chapter newsletter, PORTAGE PATH TO GENEALOGY, is published bi-monthly, six times a year. Information relating to meeting dates and subject, member activities, queries and Portage County material is included in each newsletter. QUERIES are published free for members and there is a $1.00 charge for non members. Please limit queries to four surnames.
Probate Court Records, located in the Portage County Historical Society Library are being abstracted by members for a future publication. A group of members meet on Wednesday mornings to clip old newspapers which we received from the Western Reserve Historical Society. We save all obituaries and articles of genealogical and historical interest to Portage County for the files in the Portage County Historical Society Library. Obituaries are copied for placement in notebooks; the originals are sent to the Ohio Genealogical Society for their card file.
Notebooks containing indices to all the scrapbooks and diaries located at the Portage County Historical Society have been completed by our members.
The Chapter has read the cemeteries within Portage
County and published thirteen volumes containing every name indexes and
all readable information written on the stones. The books are sold by
mail or at the Portage County Historical Society. The Chapter also has
Undertaker's Records of Ira Herriff (of Kent) There are four volumes in
Go to Genealogy Pubs for Sale for a
All meetings held at the Portage County Historical Society, 6549
North Chestnut St. Ravenna, Ohio, from
November 4, 2017 - Ralph Pfingston will be speaking on the Urban Railroad
December 2,2017 - Chris Staats, "Beyond the Docket Books, Digging for Gold in Probate Packets."
February 3,2018 - Mary Jamba, "Will the Real Warren Harris Please Stand Up?"
April 7 , 2018 - Chris Staats, "Tracing Ancestors using Tax Records."
May 5,2018 - Sunny McClellan Morton, "Using Church Records to Solve Genealogical Mysteries"
Ohio Genealogical Society, Bellville Ohio
Ohio Historical Society Death Index The Ohio Historical Society Library/Archives have changed their hours. They will be open only three days a week. Check their web site for more details.
Cleveland Necrology File newspaper death notices on microfilm at Cleveland Public Library