Chapter News

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A Facebook Page!

Go to or simply login to Facebook & search for Portage County Ohio Genealogy Society. Be sure to "Like" us, "Follow" us, and invite your friends to do so as well. Watch for future posts highlighting our website and various genealogy topics. Not only will this feature our website but it will generate interest in our chapter & what we do and have to offer. As we say, "Everyone is welcome from beginner to expert genealogist."

Roger Marble Presentation at December, 2019 Meeting

December's meeting of the Portage County OGS included a presentation by Roger Marble. He spoke about DNA and software as they relate to genealogy. We thank him for sharing his knowledge and expertise.

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Research Day at Portage County Historical Library

For the November 2, 2019 meeting and program, OGS members and guests took advantage of the many items that the Portage County Historical Society Library has to assist in their genealogy research. Chapter President Barb Petroski gave an overview of what things are available and where they are located. Many members found the day very informative and helpful in their research. For more details, please visit our Resources page.

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Chapter Annual First Settlers Luncheon

On October 5, 2019, the Portage County Chapter Ohio Genealogy Society inducted four members of the Chapter into the First Settler's of Portage County. Members gathered at Cal's Restaurant in Garrettsville for a luncheon to honor them. Only Amy Kennely was able to attend. The new inductees are:

  • Amy Lou Kenneley

(her ancestors are Henry O'Neill, Nancy O'Neill, Lois O'Neill Darrow, John O'Neill, Nathan Chapman, Lois Ely Chapman, and Abigail Chapman O'Neill)

  • John Lewis Williams

  • Susan Rea Williams Heard

  • Claire Elizabeth Pettijohn

(their ancestors are John E. Davis and William Williams, II)

Residing in Missouri and Kansas, those inductees who were unable to attend will receive their certificates by mail. Congratulations to our new inductees.

To become a member of the First Settler's you must be a member of the Chapter, prove that your ancestor(s) were living within the Portage County boundary before December 31, 1839 by providing documentation, and pay a $15.00 fee to the Chapter for examination of documents. If proven, you receive a certificate at the annual luncheon.

Pictured:  Lynn Harvey (left)

presents certificate to

inductee Amy Kenneley