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August Meeting

Title: August Meeting
Location: Trinity United Church of Christ on Blackburn Road, Canton Ohio
Description: Summit County Library: Special Collections Department - Judy James from the special collections department of the Summit County Library will come and present a program for us explaining what kind of resources that they have for genealogists at the Library.
Start Time: 18:30
Date: 2011-08-11
End Time: 21:00

Field Trip to the OGS Library Details

Title: Field to the OGS Library
Location: OGS Library Bellville, Ohio
Description: Field Trip to the new O.G.S. Library – This year we will be taking a field trip to the newly opened O.G.S. Library in Bellville, Ohio near Mansfield. We will be touring the library and will also have time for research so don’t forget to bring your family trees with you and also check out the OGS Library Catalog to see what they have to offer. Details are as follows:

9:00 a.m. We will be meeting at the overflow parking lot of the Trinity United Church of Christ for anyone wishing to car pool or caravan to the library.  This is the parking lot between Blackburn and Fulton Roads that is beside the church where we have our monthly meetings.  If you wish to carpool with someone you know it would be good to arrange that ahead of time to save time but it is not necessary.  Also if you wish to drive to the library seperately from the group that is ok just make sure to get there by the time we start the library tour.

10:30 a.m.  We will begin our introductory tour of the library.  This should last about 30 to 45 minutes and give a good overview of whats there.

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  This is time where you can begin your research or explore the library.

12:30 p.m. This is the time that I have reserved at the Dutch Heritage Restaurant that is right up the road.  It is a amish homestyle restaurant where we will have lunch.

After lunch you are free to go back to the library for as long as you wish. You are welcome there for the rest of the day or you may leave directly from the restaurant the choice is yours.

There is no charge for entrance to the library for the group and they have wireless internet so please bring your research laptop with you.

Please use the links below for more information on the library and I hope to see you all there.  Thanks.

OGS Library Link

Start Time: 09:00
Date: 2011-07-09
End Time: 17:00

June Meeting

Title: June Meeting
Location: Trinity United Church of Christ on Blackburn Road, Canton Ohio
Description: Where in the world is Washington Township – Carolyn Caskey will be presenting a program on Washington Township which lies east of Louisville.  She will be sharing a history of the township as well as some interesting facts about the township and those who have lived in it.
Start Time: 18:30
Date: 2011-06-09
End Time: 21:00

May Meeting

Title: May Meeting
Location: Trinity United Church of Christ on Blackburn Road, Canton Ohio
Description: The National Road: America’s First Interstate Highway – Lauren Landis will tell us about the history of this early 19th century migration route from Maryland to Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.
Start Time: 18:30
Date: 2011-05-12
End Time: 21:00

April Meeting

Title: April Meeting
Location: Trinity United Church of Christ on Blackburn Road, Canton Ohio
Description: Searching for those Elusive Maiden Names - Derek Casey, a genealogist and teacher of genealogy from the Toledo area will be giving a presentation on identifying steps to take in discovering the maiden names of the women in your family history.  Please come to this very informative and interesting talk and feel free to invite your friends and family.  This event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.
Start Time: 18:30
Date: 2011-4-14
End Time: 21:00

Recent Changes to the Website

Hey everyone,

I just wanted to share with you guys some of the recent changes that have been made to the website.

I have just updated the monthly meeting programs page to reflect the programs I have so far and also the fact that we will be visiting the new OGS library in July instead of our annual picnic and also that we will be having our annual banquet at the Massillon's Woman's Club this year.  I also renamed it simply monthly meeting programs page, if you want to take a look at the updated page you can click here.

You may notice now that we have a calendar on the left hand side of the website.  This is our new events calendar which at this time has all of our monthly meetings on it for this year.  If you click on the red date it will show you a pop-up with the date and time of the event along with a brief description of the event and a link to a latest news post about the event.  Please note that some of the post links will not work because I have not published them to the website yet.  Posts will now be published automatically to the site 7 days before the event or earlier if it is required.

Last I would like to announce that we have a First Families of Stark County page on the website now.  It has a brief description of the lineage society along with links to the application and rules and procedures documents you would need to submit your own genealogy to the society.  There is also a listing of the recipients into the society sorted by the year they were accepted.  If you would like to visit the page you can find it easily on the navigation bar of the site titled "First Families of Stark County".

Anyways there are a couple of the changes so far so I hope you are all doing well and i hope to give you more news soon.

March Meeting

Title: March Meeting
Location: Trinity United Church of Christ on Blackburn Road, Canton Ohio
Description: Civil War Flags - Jeff Hissong will be giving a presentation on his collection of civil war flags. He will have his collection with him and will give us some history behind each one and a unique story that connects them all together.
Start Time: 18:30
Date: 2011-03-10
End Time: 21:00

February Meeting this Thursday and Programs Page Updated

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to let everyone know that our meeting is this Thursday the 10th and that we will be having Geoff Elliot doing a program on Abraham Lincoln's Inaugural Train Journey which started 150 years ago this Friday.  Geoff Elliot is a prolific researcher on Abraham Lincoln and even has his own website devoted to him at

Also as a note the Meeting Programs page has been updated with 2011 dates and information for this program is on there so if you want to you can visit that page be clicking here.  More programs will be added as they get arranged and notice will be given when they are posted.

Stark O.G.S. Annual Banquet Information

Hi everyone,

I know this is a little last minute but I wanted to let you know about all the details concerning our Annual Banquet on November 11th.  It will be held at the Canton's Women's Club and dinner will be served at 6:30p.m.  Your menu choices are a pork tenderloin with garlic mashed potatoes and roasted broccoli or a vegetarian lasagna with roasted broccoli.

The program for the night will be given by Christopher Kenney from the Mckinley Museum and is entitled Let Us Ever Remember...McKinley's Presidency Through Film.  This program chronicles the presidency of William Mckinley through rarely film clips from the time and should be very interesting.

The charge for the dinner is $15 dollars and will be needed at the time of the banquet.  We need you to confirm your reservation by Tuesday the 9th at the very latest so that we can have an accurate number to give to the women's club.

You can confirm by emailing the treasurer Martha Mertz at or you can call me at any time at 330-477-6125.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at any time and I hope to see you all at the banquet.

Timothy Houck
Vice-President, Stark County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society

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