Meeting Dates

First Saturday of the Month

(no regular meetings January, June, July, August, October)

10:00 a.m. until 12 Noon (unless otherwise noted)

Held at the Portage County Historical Society

*Programs are free and open to anyone interested

  in doing family research or Portage County history.

Portage County Historical Society 

6549 N. Chestnut St., Ravenna, OH 44266

The Historical Society is located next to the Ravenna High School and just south and across the street from Maple Grove Cemetery.

2021-2022 Calendar

May 1st  - Meeting Cancelled

Due to Coronavirus concerns we will not be meeting. Thank you for your understanding as we try to keep our members, speakers, and visitors safe during these trying times. 

No Meetings Held in June, July or August

September 4th - Meeting & Program TBA

October 2nd - First Settlers' Luncheon

Plans to be announced.

November 6th - To Be Announced

December 4th - To Be Announced


No Meeting

February 5th - To Be Announced

March 5th - To Be Announced

April 2nd  - To Be Announced

May 7th  - To Be Announced


We welcome you to the website of the Portage County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. You're invited to explore our pages and consider becoming a member of our society. PCCOGS is a non-profit organization formed in 1972. Everyone is welcome from beginner to expert genealogist.


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First Settlers of Portage County

Our earliest pioneers came into a vast wilderness with wild animals, no shelter, and miles between settlers. They cleared the land, built roads and homes, and laid the foundations for the prosperous and beautiful county we have today.


Members of the Portage County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society may submit an application to be recognized as a First Settler of Portage County. You must be able to document and prove your relationship to the ancestor and that he or she resided in Portage County by December 31, 1840.

Applications must be received by June 1 of the year in order to be eligible for membership for that year. There is a $15.00 fee required when the application is submitted. The chapter holds an annual luncheon honoring the approved applicants in October. Recipients receive a certificate and a free lunch. Applications may be downloaded by clicking the button below or by writing to First Settlers, P.O. Box 821, Ravenna, OH  44266.

Join the rolls of proud members who honor their Portage County forebearers. These family names have been approved as ancestors of the members of First Settlers of Portage County:  Abel, Atkinson, Barnes, Boles, Braucher, Breck, Chapin, Chittenden, Colton, Eatinger, George, Gillett, Grate, Hall, Heard, Hollister, Hoon, Hoot, Jones, Kenneley, Kent, Krumrein, Ladd, Long, McCall, Miller, Moore, Morrison, Morton, Neall, Osborn, Palmer, Parsons, Patterson, Pettijohn, Plumb, Rees, Russell, Schmitt, Shirtliff, Smith, Thatcher, Thomas, Viets, Warner, Weldy, Williams, and Wilson. 

Portage County, Ohio

The name Portage comes from an Old Indian Path called Portage Trail, which ran between the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas Rivers.

In June 1807, Portage County separated from it's parent county, Trumbull, and in June 1808 the first election was held. The last change to the county's boundaries occurred in 1840 when Summit County was erected from the western part of Portage. 

The present townships are:  Atwater, Aurora, Brimfield, Charlestown, Deerfield, Edinburg, Franklin, Freedom, GarrettsvilleHiram, Mantua, Nelson, Palmyra, Paris, Randolph, Ravenna, Rootstown, Shalersville, Streetsboro, Suffield, and Windham


(click on specific township's name to

go to their Historical Society's page or visit

Portage County Historical Society's page)

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