Return to In-Person Meetings!

Great news, we are going to have our meetings person again!!

The 1st meeting will be August 19th at the McKinley Museum Research Center from 6:00-8:00pm (800 McKinley Monument Drive NW | Canton, OH 44708)
from 6:00-7:00 pm and weather permitting, our business meeting will be outside the museum at the picnic tables from 7:00 - 8:00 pm.

Program: Join us as Mark shows us what research can be done at the McKinley Museum Research Center.

Business: The agenda will include voting on the small change to the bylaws. (see website for change)

All are welcome to attend ..
Hope to see everyone there.

website updates and transfer

Hello, everyone!

As you probably have noticed, the site looks a little different. We are currently switching web site hosting providers and are in the midst of getting everything transferred over to the new hosting service. As a result, things will likely look under construction for the next several days.

Check back for more updates as they come in!

All the best,

Jordyn (webmaster)


June-November 2019 Events Added!

The final events for 2019 have been added to the website calendar. Events can be viewed in list-format by selecting "View All Events" on the left side-bar under "Upcoming Meetings," or in calendar-format by going to the "Calendar" page from the top navigation bar.

All meetings, unless otherwise stated, are held the third Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM in the Innovation Center at the Stark County District Library located at 715 North Market Ave. in Canton.

Please note that several events in this back half of 2019 are held off-site - please refer to the individual event pages for venue addresses and special start times (where applicable).

By-Laws Proposed Update

A proposed update to one paragraph of the Stark Co. Chapter OGS Consitution and By-Laws will be presented at our November 10, 2018 meeting.
It will be voted on at the first meeting of 2019, in March.
We ask that all members please take the time to review the proposed change to Stark County OGS Constitution and By-Laws, It will only affect Article II - Objectives, Paragraph 10. The words and all financial assets are being added.
10. Should the Chapter be dissolved, the accumulated findings and all financial assets of the same shall be distributed to an organization or organizations similarly exempted under the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, Section 501(c)(3).

Sept-Nov Events Posted

Society events for September 2018 through November 2018 have been posted. Between now and November 10th, the Stark County OGS will (co-)host four events. Please note that the event on October 27 requires registration through the Stark County District Library's website. The topic of the November 10th meeting will be announced at a later date  - please keep an eye on the web page and newsletter further updates.

2016 Stark County Chapter OGS Banquet

Our annual Chapter Banquet is coming soon find all the details here. It promises to be a great evening of friends, food and history.

Date: Saturday, September 10 2016

Location:   La Pizzaria
3656 Dressler Rd. N.W.
Canton, Ohio 44718
Menu: Dinner Salad, Parmesan crusted Chicken, Lightly Seasoned Scrod, Sausage & Peppers, Fresh Beans in Oil & Garlic, Roasted Potatoes in Rosemary, Penne Pasta, Dessert & beverage

Cost: $26.95 plus tax and gratuity per person

Reservations DeadlineWednesday, September 7, 2016
Please get your reservations in early seating is limited! 
To make a reservation please contact:
Virginia Bischoff-Stark County Chpt OGS Vice President
Home: 330-453-9298
Cell: 330-806-9842

Global Search 2.0 is Here!

Introducing Global Search for Stark County OGS!

In the past, members had to search through each database separately in order to get results. In this version, members can search for a surname using just one form that will automatically search for matches among all the databases that the society has available online, and display the results on a single page. Online searching has been enabled for the following databases: Surname Search, 1875 Index, and Perrin index. As new databases are created and published online, they will be included in the global search.

Members may also search for other characteristics in their search to narrow down their results. Keep in mind that some of the attributes are only used in certain databases, which are noted on the search form. Currently used characteristics include:

  • Title (either full or abbreviated)
  • Maiden Name (either full or abbreviated)
  • Given Name (either full or abbreviated)
  • Town
  • Township


Some notes about the new search function:

  • Only the first 50 results are displayed in the results page. This limit will be lifted after the initial phase of testing.
  • Not all characteristics are used in each database. For example, “Title” is only used to limit results in the Perrin Index, and it not taken into consideration for the matching in the other two databases.
  • Partial surnames may be entered. For example, entering Bla would return Black, Blackman, Blankenship, and Blain.


If anyone has any questions about how the search works or has a suggestion, please send an e-mail to

Online Databases and Resources

In an effort to take advantage of the ever-increasing role technology plays in our lives, the Stark County Ohio Genealogical Society is making strides in providing digital genealogy resources to our members. Part of the effort currently involves providing ways for members to search our databases to find their ancestors or assist in deep research. Eventually, we would like to be able to offer electronic books and digital communication platforms exclusively to our members. The digitization process will be slow but steady, and we are hopeful it will be well worth the wait. Subscribers will be notified of any major additions via e-mail, and resources will be added on an incremental basis, so check back often to see what is new! In the meantime, check out our current selection of databases and research tools!

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