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).

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!

Become a Member Today!

Learn more about becoming a member of the Stark County Ohio Genealogical Society here and find out why being join can help you in your genealogical research. We have a few resources available to the public, and are are steadily increasing our online offerings for members, so check back frequently to check out all that we have to offer!

Stage Coaches and August Meeting

We hope you have a great time at the picnic last month! Our August meeting will be held on the 13th and we are back in room 107 at Trinity UCC.   Our speaker this month will be Richard Halti. He will be presenting a program on the Stage Coach Era to 1915.


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

Have you signed up for the blog which gives you conference updates?

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