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 2011-2012
President, Barb Petroski; Vice President, Wayne Enders; Secretary, Jackie Woodring; Treasurer, Art Hall; Chairman of Membership,Carolyn Kale; First Settlers Chairman, Jackie Woodring; Newsletter Editor, 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.
The Chapter is currently working at the Portage County Historical Society on the Naturalization records that are on file there. This project is about 3/4 finished. It started out as just a listing of names and dates and then a book was found with more names and and index, so now the project has a new focus. It will contain names, dates, place of origin and other miscellaneous information.
Clipping newspapers, the Evening Record & the Record Courier, dating from 1928 to 2004 is something we have been doing for the past 2 years. the newspapers came from the Western reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio. They all on microfilm and the papers were going to the shredder, but we were able to retrieve them just in time. All item of historical and genealogical interest are being clipped, copied and filed at the Portage County Historical Society library
A new publication of the wills, estates, and guardianship records located
at the Portage County Historical Society is now available for sale. See
link in Publications for Sale below.
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
October 5--The first settlers luncheon at the Kentwood Resturant Kent, Ohio at Noon
November 2--Jackie Woodring will present program about "lost" Medal of Honor Civil War soldier, Edward Farrell
Ohio Genealogical Society, Mansfield 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