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*
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.
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/.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
OGS CONFERENCE 2015
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
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.
As you ring in the new year don’t forget to mark your calendars for our first chapter meeting for 2015. It will be Thursday January 8th. Come an enjoy some refreshments as we look back at 2014 and plan ahead for 2015. It promises to be a great year!
This year’s banquet will be held on Thursday, November 14 at the Buehler’s Grocery Store Restaurant located at 7135 Fulton Road NW, Canton 44718. Arrive between 6 and 6:30pm with dinner beginning at 6:30. We will be ordering off the menu. If you want to look at the menu ahead of time here is the link; http://www.buehlers.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Main-Street-Grill-Menu.pdf
The evening’s entertainment includes installation of the 2014 officers and induction of the 2014 class of First Families of Stark County, Ohio. The program will be on the history of Jackson Township and will be presented by Mary Aaby of the Jackson Township Historical Society.
Please let Virginia Bischoff, our programming chairman, know that you are coming so she can give a count to the restaurant. her phone number is 330-453-9278.
This year’s banquet promises to be a good one. Hope to see you there!
October 9th is the date for our next meeting. This month the program will be Cemetery Serendipity. Members will be sharing their stores about searching for ancestors in the cemetery. The business meeting will begin at 7pm followed by the program. Hope to see you there!
Don’t forget tonight is meeting night. Our program will be a musical one featuring “Dulicmers and Such”‘ Social time at 6:30pm meeting will begin at 7.