Ohio Chapter Palatines to America German Genealogy 2015 Fall Seminar

The Ohio Chapter of the Palatines to America will be holding their fall seminar this October. If you are able to attend it’s well worth it. See below the information about speakers and registrations.

“Follow the Pioneers: Leaving Germany to Adjusting in the New World”

Saturday, October 24, 2015, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Der Dutchman Restaurant, 445 Jefferson Avenue, U.S. Route 42, Plain City, Ohio


Featured Speaker:    Marianne Wokeck,  native German author of Trade in Strangers; and Chancellor’s Professor of History, Indiana University.

Topics: To Move or Not To Move: Transatlantic Relocation in the Age of Sail               Follow the Pioneers: Importance of Transatlantic Networks for Settlement Patterns               The Branding of “Other”:  Defining and Re-Defining Ethnic Identity in the 18th Century               Preaching and Walking the Walk:  The Role of Minister’s Households in Shaping Local Customs and Tradition

Fee including materials & Der Dutchman lunch: $49;  PalAm Members: $39

Deadline for Early Registration is October 9, 2015;  After October 9 add $10  (non-members $59; members $49)

Register online by PayPal: http://www.oh-palam.org/

or send to: Linda Dietrich, 5422 Cindy Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45239

e-mail: <lindabelle@lcs.net>

For additional information about Marianne Wokeck see:    http://liberalarts.iupui.edu/directory/bio/mwokeck



Thank you, Richard E. Hartle, Publicity Chairman Ohio Chapter PalAm

Annual Picnic will be July 9th

Our annual picnic will be July 9th at Mariner’s Island on Meyers Lake. Mariners Island is located between 16th and 17th Streets off of Lakeside Ave N.W. in Canton. Members and guests are welcome to attend. Please bring your own table settings as well as a covered dish to share. We will be eating at 6pm.

Our speaker for the evening will be Mark Holland. Mark is the archivist at the McKinley Presidential Library and Museum. He will be presenting a program titled “Inverted Intersections an 1956 Persepective on Canton Ohio.”

If you have any questions on getting to the location or on the picnic itself please let us know.  Looking forward to seeing everyone!

History of Walsh University at the June Meeting

Our June meeting is coming up and as always our Vice President has another wonderful speaker schedule for us. This month Mr. Richard Jusseaume, the President of Walsh College, will be coming. He is going to share with us this history of Walsh University.


Come join us for a time of refreshments at 6:30pm in room 107 at Trinity UCC. The meeting will begin at 7:00pm followed by the program. As always guests are welcome and encouraged to attend. Hope to see you there on June 11th!

May Meeting

Just a reminder that our May meeting will be Thursday, May 14th. We will have a social time from 6:30 to 7:00pm to enjoy some refreshments and time together. Our meeting will start at 7pm and followed by our guest speaker Stephanie Houck of the Genealogy Department at the Stark County District Library. She will be presenting a program on “Social Media for Genealogist”  Hope to see you there! *Remember guests are always welcome*

News from the Western Reserve Historical Society

From time to time the society receives news from other research facilities and we like to pass that information along to our members. If you are planning on doing any research at the History Center at the Western Reserve Historical Society, please take note of some parking changes.


Parking Notice

Effective Monday, May 4, 2015, the History Center parking lot will be closed for renovations.  With funds from the State of Ohio and Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, and in partnership with Behnke Associates, Inc. and F. Buddie Contracting, WRHS will renovate the parking lot and exterior grounds leading to the Reinberger Plaza entrance. The improvements include a full facelift with improved access, new parking controls, and refreshed landscaping. This upgrade will improve guest access, safety and overall appearance of the History Center’s nearly 8 acre site in University Circle.


Limited accessible parking will be available at the half circle drive off East Blvd. Alternate parking can be found throughout University Circle and at the VA parking garage. Guests are encouraged to consider taking advantage of the Circle Link shuttle transportation that circulates throughout Wade Oval.

For a map of parking options and Circle Link schedules/stops, visit www.case.edu/access-services/shuttles/.


Alliance Genealogy Fair

The Alliance Genealogy Society will be holding a Genealogy Fair at the Rodman Library in Alliance on Saturday, May 9th from 1-4pm. During the fair there will be sessions on using Rodman Library’s genealogy databases, sources that can be utilized at the Stark County District Library, county courthouses, and more. T.A.G.S will also be selling books from the Alliance, Stark County, and Columbiana County genealogical societies.

Registration is required and accepted by telephone or in person. Call 330-821-2665 to register or for more information.


Hope to see you there!

March 12th Meeting this week and website updates.

Hi everyone,

Wanted to let you guys know that we will be having our March meeting this Thursday the 12th at our usual room 107 of the Trinity United Church of Christ at 3909 Blackburn Road Northwest in Canton, OH.

Our speaker this month will be Kim Carlson and she will be giving a presentation on Brader Drawings & the Slabaugh Family so we hope that you can join us there at 6:30 or 7 this Thursday night.

Also I would like to let people know that we have been doing some spring cleaning to the website this week.  We have fixed some links and added our photos back onto the website in the photo gallery section.  I would like to get more pictures up on the site of society meetings and other activities so if you have any pictures like that please email them to website@starkcountyogs.org and make sure to let me know where and when they were taken and we will try to get them up on the website as soon as we can.

P.S. For those emailing photos please try to limit the amount of photos per email to 10 or less to ensure that the email doesn’t get too large to send.  If you have more than 10 you can send multiple emails to get them all.  Thanks.

OGS Conference 2015

It’s almost time! The annual Ohio Genealogy Conference is just six weeks away. The following is information that we recently received from OGS to pass along to all of you.


I’m very excited about the Ohio Genealogical Society Conference   8-11 April 2015 at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel. This year promises to be one of the best conferences we have had. Shelly Bishop has put together a superior program for us. Our social event on Thursday evening will be a highlight of the weekend featuring live music, finger food and mingling with other genealogists.

The fun begins on Wednesday with research at the Ohio History Center (formerly the Ohio Historical Society which will be open from 10 am-5 pm. If you haven’t been to the Center there are excellent land surveys, maps, city directories and my favorite: newspapers. They will have sessions throughout the day on using the facility and much more.

Wednesday also includes a tour of the Ohio Statehouse. The history and hidden treasures of the Statehouse will be revealed. There is a fee of $6.00. Please pre-register.

Also on Wednesday are workshops. There is a fee of $15.00 for each workshop, but I’m excited to say choosing just two will be a problem. If you are interested in using Ancestry, preserving family treasures, oral history or land platting; Wednesday is your day.

We are pleased to have Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL as our speaker. Judy is known as the Legal Genealogist and write a genealogy based blog daily. In her opening presentation, she will be talking about Ohio Law from the Northwest Territory. As an Ohioian with very early ancestors, I think this will be a great session.

Thursday sessions begin at 10:.00 am. IF you are interested in using family search, Evernote, divorce records or being a genealogist CSI then this conference is for you. And this is just the beginning.

Have you heard Michael LaCopo speak? He’s excellent. He writes a blog called Hoosier Daddy and has done extensive research. His luncheon talk on The Top Ten Things I Have learned in over Three Decades of Genealogical Research sounds delightful.

My problem with Friday is too many good choices. Cloud storage, apps, immigrants, military and German research, how do I choose?

Saturday will be a very big day. Some of our friends aren’t experts and need a beginner’s track. Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG will present a seminar geared to beginners on Saturday morning. There is a small fee for this but you don’t have to be registered for the conference to attend. It’s a separate registration and fee.

This is just the beginning of opportunities available this year. We have a couple of roundtables including DNA and African American.  The Great Lakes Chapter of APG is offering free 15minute Ask the Expert sessions. Please check the brochure online at www.org.org.

Have you signed up for the blog which gives you conference updates? www.org.org/blog

I’ll be sending more on the speakers and events in the coming weeks. I hope to see you at the conference. Come and enjoy this great learning experience.

See you soon,

Deb Deal, OGS Trustee

February Meeting

This month’s meeting will be Thursday, February 12th at Trinity United Church of Christ Room 107. The church is located at 3909 Blackburn Road Northwest Canton, OH

Refreshments will be from 6:30-7pm followed by the meeting at 7pm. Our program for the evening is title “American Freedom” and the presenter will be Dr. Will Cooley of Walsh University.

*Please note should we have to cancel because of inclement weather we will try our best to get the information out to you to let you know. Please check our Website, Facebook page and WHBC for the announcement.