Morrow County Genealogical Society - OH

Morrow County Genealogical Society - OH The Morrow County Genealogical Society is a Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society.

The Society maintains a library and archives of genealogical materials in the Library Annex at 35 East High Street, Mount Gilead, Ohio, adjacent to the Mount Gilead Public Library. Meetings are held at 2:00 p.m. on the 4th Saturday of each month (except for June, July and December) in the lower level meeting room of the Library Annex. A topic of genealogical interest is presented at each meeting, and everyone is invited to attend.

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As plans were being finalized for the 170th Morrow County Fair, Judy and Russ Mayer shared some of the fair's history at...
09/08/2020

As plans were being finalized for the 170th Morrow County Fair, Judy and Russ Mayer shared some of the fair's history at our August meeting. The first fair was held October 17, 1850 on a property on North Main St in Mt Gilead. The current fairgrounds property (or part of it) was purchased in 1867.

The junior fair board was first formed in the 1930s. Originally, membership included one boy or one girl from each of the 16 townships. Today, more than 40 junior fair board members represent 4-H, FFA, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts.

We enjoyed the PowerPoint presentation showing photos of the buildings and people at the fair in the distant and not so distant past.

Russ Mayer is a former jr fair board member and a current advisor. Former jr fair board member, Bill Hershner, and current jr fair board member, Emma Artrip, were also present. Many of those present shared that they had memories as an exhibitor at the Morrow County Fair.

Wow!
08/22/2020

Wow!

TGIF 😊

The OGS Fall Retreat will be held virtually this year. What a great opportunity to attend a nationally recognized educat...
08/21/2020
Fall Retreat Going Virtual

The OGS Fall Retreat will be held virtually this year. What a great opportunity to attend a nationally recognized educational program!

Another great resource has been added to the MCGS library! Thanks to the hard work of Ellen McMurray, Barb Brewer, Janet...
08/07/2020

Another great resource has been added to the MCGS library! Thanks to the hard work of Ellen McMurray, Barb Brewer, Janet Rhodebeck, and Ruth Logan, 1,482 documents from the Morrow County Recorder's Office have been indexed and are searchable by name or by date. These documents span from 1834 to 1958 and include deeds, powers of attorney, leins, and other miscellaneous gems. This process took almost a year (including a 3+ month shutdown due to COVID-19), and we are very thankful for these ladies' diligence to this project! The writing on these old documents can be challenging to interpret, and the ladies handled each document at least eight times in their efforts to ensure accuracy.

Please note: This is NOT ALL of the deeds during that time period! These are just the ones that the courthouse had put in protective sleeves. This was a challenging, fun, time consuming, interesting, enjoyable task!! Did I say challenging?? Some of the handwriting...

Ellen McMurray is pictured presenting the finished project to MCGS President Ann Artrip.

What a blessing to come together with friends! Sixteen MCGS members and guests met in Iberia on July 25. After lunch and...
08/06/2020

What a blessing to come together with friends! Sixteen MCGS members and guests met in Iberia on July 25. After lunch and a short meeting, the group adjourned to the Iberia Cemetery where Ann Artrip shared some of Iberia’s history from the end of the 19th century, including the McKee family and the Rev. George Gordon.

Members of the McKee family lived in Iberia for nearly five decades, including James, a Civil War veteran whose service included five months as a prisoner of war at Camp Oglethorpe, Georgia, but who died in a sawmill accident only ten years after the war’s end. His young widow, Cornelia Amanda Myers McKee, was a dressmaker and a caretaker of the local parsonage. James’ sister Rose taught school in Iowa but moved to Iberia to care for her father after her stepmother died. She never married but operated a millinery shop in Iberia, was a book agent for the school, and was one of the first women to be elected to the local school board.

During the same time period that the McKees lived in Iberia, Iberia College, later Iberia Central College, was an active part of the Iberia community (1854-1894). The first President of Iberia College was the Rev. George Gordon, an abolitionist, activist, and generally outspoken community leader. For the rest of this story, read the article written by Alberta Stojkovic (also shared on this page).

07/05/2020

We are excited to announce that the Morrow County Genealogical Society Library is re-opening with limited hours effective July 1. Volunteers will be available in the library Tuesdays 10:30-3:30 and Wednesdays 11-2. Social distancing will be observed, and masks are encouraged. As always, if you need to visit during a different time, please message or call us to make other arrangements.

05/10/2020

Does your family have a story of how the Pandemic of 1918 affected or altered your family? Maybe one that's been passed down or talked about in later years? We're not looking for just death and struggles, but, maybe "good" that rose from those deaths and struggles. Since Donna Ufferman lost her grandfather to the 1918 flu, she offered to write the first story.

In September of 1918, my grandparents, Will and May Scheurman were living on a 40 acre farm near Berkshire in Delaware County (now part of the NorthStar Golf and Housing Development). They had moved from downtown Columbus to this farm to raise their 4 children, Hubert age 12, Kenneth age 10, Paul (my father) age 5 and Mary age 2. Per Probate Court records, in addition to the farm house and 40 acres, they owned many plows, rakes, wagons, a sow with 6 pigs, cattle, calves, grey mare and colt and a 1912 Overland Automobile.

I am sure that Will and May were sad this September as Will's grandmother Krumpe had just passed away. She and her husband had raised Will and his 3 sisters when Will's parents died of typhoid when Will was only 10 years old. I am thinking that since Will grew up without his parents, he wanted to provide a good home for his family and farm life in Delaware County provided him that opportunity.

But, that was not to be the case. On Dec 12, 1918, Will, at age 40, died from influenza. At the time of his death, his wife, all 4 children and 2 of his sisters were ill with the flu. According to his obituary, his body had to be placed in the chapel vault in Cardington to await interment until the family was able to be present. The obit describes him as a dutiful husband and loving father. The farm was sold and Will's sisters helped May through this difficult time.

Two years later my grandmother, May, married Fred Hull. Together, they raised Will and May's children and had 2 children of their own, Jim and Joanna.

The Flu of 1918 took a lot from our family but we also gained a lot - Grandpa Hull, Uncle Jim, Aunt Joanna and their families. Although I would have enjoyed knowing my grandfather, I love my family just the way it is.

As future generations look back on the 2020 pandemic, I hope they can say that the cost was great but the gain was worth it.

Let's hear your stories.

Marion County Ohio Bicentennial Celebration
04/05/2020

Marion County Ohio Bicentennial Celebration

Please Share! Bicentennial "Moments & Memories" April 1, 2020 post. Watch for these daily Marion County facts during our year long celebration! #MarionOH200

Have extra time on your hands? The deadline for submitting your First Families application has been extended to June 1, ...
04/03/2020

Have extra time on your hands? The deadline for submitting your First Families application has been extended to June 1, 2020.

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 1!
Do you have ancestors who lived in Morrow County in 1850 or before?
You can honor your ancestors by recognizing them as First Families of Morrow County!
The deadline for 2020 First Families applications is March 31, 2020, and our annual awards luncheon is April 25, 2020.
Want more information? Contact the Morrow County Genealogical Society at [email protected] or 419-947-5866.

03/18/2020
Mount Gilead Public Library

Mount Gilead Public Library

Effective at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 17th, the Mount Gilead Public Library will be closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

03/18/2020

In light of the COVID-19 situation, the Morrow County Genealogical Society Library will be closed until further notice. Please message or email us with any questions; we will do our best to help as we are able.

Yes, the death certificate is considered a "primary source", but ALWAYS pay attention to who is listed as the informant.
03/15/2020
beware of the death certificate

Yes, the death certificate is considered a "primary source", but ALWAYS pay attention to who is listed as the informant.

The information on a death certificate is a rich terrain for genealogists, but a tricky one. We can't assume all its information as accurate.

We had a nice turnout for our Genealogy Work Day on Saturday. Thanks, Corinne Gompf, for the pictures and message:Fletch...
03/15/2020

We had a nice turnout for our Genealogy Work Day on Saturday. Thanks, Corinne Gompf, for the pictures and message:

Fletcher and I spent about two hours gathering documents with the help of Ann and Laura Artrip at the MoCo Genealogy Annex for his third year 4-H project. This is such a tremendous asset for our county, with abilities to research and learn about family history. The most interesting documents we copied were draft cards, primarily around the WWI era, for his great-great grandfathers, as he is researching his fifth generation back.

Our February meeting was very enjoyable as Tim Foor explained to us how he got involved in cemetery restoration.  It sta...
03/09/2020

Our February meeting was very enjoyable as Tim Foor explained to us how he got involved in cemetery restoration. It started when he volunteered to mow a cemetery in Delaware County that had been abandoned by its caretakers. His second project was stone restoration at the Stratford Cemetery, again in Delaware County. In this cemetery, he discovered the tombstone of the youngest signer of the Constitution. From this project, he moved to the restoration of the Pagetown cemetery, Old Fredericktown cemetery and the Garrettsville cemetery in Garrettsville, OH. Jonathon Appell, a renowned historical preservationist, has traveled to Morrow County and conducted tombstone cleaning/preservation training with Tim.

Morehouse cemetery in Peru Twp and Northfork cemeteries are more of Tim's projects, and he has traveled to North Carolina for another chance to work with Jonathon Appell. Last fall, he found and repaired the tombstones of Peter and Susannah Doty, just in time for the DAR Rev War recognition ceremony. As the weather warms, he will continue work on the Cholera cemetery in Fayette county and many other projects. Refreshments were served by Janet Rhodebeck and included "bone" sandwiches and "tombstone" cookies.

Our January chapter meeting was well attended, with everyone sharing lots of school memories.  Judy Mayer shared memorie...
03/09/2020

Our January chapter meeting was well attended, with everyone sharing lots of school memories. Judy Mayer shared memories of days spent at Johnsville School and even brought a brick from the building.
Russ Mayer shared memories of his marching band days at Northmor. Ann Artrip shared memories of being yearbook editor at Northmor. Bill Fisher shared memories of Chesterville and Dave Ufferman talked about time spent at Highland. Phylis Miller and Kevin Evans shared memories of Edison school; Nadine Umsted brought souvenirs and a photo of her old school building in Galion, which is unused at the moment. Dan Rhodebeck displayed souvenirs of Johnsville School and Northmor, where he and his sons graduated. Janet Rhodebeck shared memories of her days at Ontario School; Roger Klinefelter brought lots of memories of Klinefelter School and Cardington School, and Janet Walker shared photos of Meeker School.

Thanks to everyone who attended and shared with us. It was a great meeting.

Newspapers.com free access weekend!
02/14/2020

Newspapers.com free access weekend!

FREE ACCESS now through Presidents Day! Find your connection with the past in the largest online newspaper archive.

Use this link for free access: http://nwspprs.com/3bc7p

(*Free access ends 17 February 2020 at 11:59 PM MT.)

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 1!Do you have ancestors who lived in Morrow County in 1850 or before? You can honor your ances...
02/13/2020

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 1!
Do you have ancestors who lived in Morrow County in 1850 or before?
You can honor your ancestors by recognizing them as First Families of Morrow County!
The deadline for 2020 First Families applications is March 31, 2020, and our annual awards luncheon is April 25, 2020.
Want more information? Contact the Morrow County Genealogical Society at [email protected] or 419-947-5866.

This is a wonderful addition to the Morrow County Genealogical Society Library! Thank you, Bonecutter Properties!
02/03/2020

This is a wonderful addition to the Morrow County Genealogical Society Library! Thank you, Bonecutter Properties!

Mount Gilead – The Mount Gilead Public Library recently received a $1,000 donation from the Bonecutter Family as part of the Bonecutter’s monthly Charitable Giving Campaign. Rockwell and Krista Bonecutter presented the check to Library Director Mike Kirk, and Morrow County Genealogical Society volunteer Janet Rhodebeck.
The Mount Gilead Public Library in conjunction with the Morrow County Genealogical Society provides public access to local newspaper archives. The library has the Morrow County Sentinel on microfilm from 1869 to present, the Morrow County Independent from approximately the same time period and, with this donation, the library was able to purchase the Union Register microfilm from 1869 to 1932 from the Ohio History Connection - Ohio Historical Society. The Union Register was a political newspaper, it was the Democratic paper and the Morrow County Sentinel was the Republican Paper.
“These 27 rolls of microfilm provide both historians and genealogists with invaluable insight into Morrow County’s past” said Kirk. Our goal is to digitize the microfilm and make it available online. The cost of these 27 rolls of microfilm was $1,755.00. The Bonecutter donation helped tremendously in paying for this project. We are very grateful and thank the Bonecutter family for their generosity.”
The Bonecutters award a $1000 donation every month, through the Bonecutter Family Trust, to a group or organization in Morrow County. If your organization would like to be considered as a recipient of the Bonecutter Charitable Giving Campaign, applying is an easy process. Visit the Bonecutter Properties website at Bonecutter.net and click the Charitable Giving link to download the application. The application can also be found on their page, Bonecutter Hollow at https://www.facebook.com/bonecutters/
Mail the completed form to: Bonecutter Giving, 6200 State Route 95, Mount Gilead, OH 43338 or send via Email to: [email protected]

We had lots of visitors stop by the Genealogy Library to make Morrow County ornaments during our Christmas open house Fr...
12/07/2019

We had lots of visitors stop by the Genealogy Library to make Morrow County ornaments during our Christmas open house Friday night.

Saturday's meeting of the Morrow County Genealogical Society was a well attended affair as Donna Carver presented the Hi...
11/28/2019

Saturday's meeting of the Morrow County Genealogical Society was a well attended affair as Donna Carver presented the History of the Railroads in Morrow County. We learned about the Big 4 Railroad, the Short Line Railroad that ran from Mt Gilead to Edison and the Toledo & Ohio Central Railroad that ran through Peerless to Climax. We also learned about the roof lines of the Depots and how to determine the age of the depot based on these lines. And, we learned about the use of the various depots after they were closed by the railroads. It was a very informative and entertaining presentation and a big thank you goes out to Donna Carver.

Saturday Oct 12th, at 1pm a Grave Marking ceremony took place.  The Lucy Knox Chapter of the Daughters of the American R...
10/14/2019

Saturday Oct 12th, at 1pm a Grave Marking ceremony took place.
The Lucy Knox Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) performed a Patriot graves marker dedication ceremony in honor of the following Revolutionary War Soldiers at Chester Baptist Cemetery.
Peter Doty, PVT - NJ
Evan Holt, Drummer - PA
John Kinney, Scout - PA
George McCreary, SGT - PA

07/25/2019

Congratulations Fletcher Gompf and Abby Leonhard who represented Morrow County today at the Ohio State Fair with their Family History Treasure Hunt genealogy projects. Way to go!

07/05/2019
06/28/2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



MID-YEAR YEARBOOK UPDATE

By: Aaron Turner, M.Ed., M.L.I.S.

OGS Yearbook Librarian



As of June 24, 2019 a record-setting total of 1,819 yearbooks have been accessioned to the Ohio Genealogical Society Yearbook Collection since January 1—with over 1,000 books in queue to be cataloged. These books have come from schools, local libraries, and historical groups. I would also like to thank Jen Burns and Randy Maxwell, representatives of the yearbook publisher Herff-Jones, for their donation of over 200 books from the last ten years. Additionally I would like to extend sincere thanks to the following individuals who have done the pickups from schools, libraries, and historical societies: Troy Bailey; Kenny Burck; Sid & Patti Drumheiser; John Earley; Barbara Farrell; Bonnie Fruhauf; Mindy Hanson; Richard Juergens; Lori Martensen. This group of volunteers has worked tirelessly to coordinate pick ups from schools and store them until transportation to OGS became available. This summer I will be focusing on soliciting donations from historical societies.



PICK UP VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED for the 2019-2020 school year for the following counties:

Adams, Allen, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Champaign, Clermont, Clinton, Columbiana, Coshocton, Cuyahoga [Cleveland and east side], Defiance, Erie, Fairfield, Fayette, Fulton, Gallia, Greene, Guernsey, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Henry, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lake, Lawrence, Logan, Lucas, Mahoning, Meigs, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Paulding, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Preble, Putnam, Ross, Scioto, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Union, Van Wert, Vinton, Washington, Wood, Wyandot.



If you or someone you know would be willing to go to schools, libraries, and historical societies to pick up yearbooks and hold them until you or someone can transport them to OGS, your help would be greatly appreciated. Please email [email protected] with your name and contact information and list of counties that you would be willing to help with. Most of the 1,819 yearbooks we have accessioned this year have not come from any of the above listed counties, so if you would like to have your county be more represented within the collection, your help is needed to get the books to OGS. Thank you!!

Address

35 East High Street, P O Box 401
Mount Gilead, OH
43338-0401

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Use of the Library is free. It is staffed and maintained by volunteers and is funded by book sales, membership dues, and donations. LIBRARY HOURS Monday - Closed Tuesday - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wednesday - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thursday - 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday - 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. June through August Sunday - Closed

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Wednesday 11:00 - 14:00

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Comments

Has anybody done work on Maxwell's in Morrow County? Cecil A. and Paul B. are buried in Glendale in Cardington, but several earlier Maxwells are buried in Bethel Cemetery. Any input would be most appreciated. I can go back to Marshall 1811 - 1887, but prior to that it gets confusing and contradictory. Thank you!
What is your posting policy. I am researching specific families and offer to share information while asking for contributions? Here is one example: The Irons Family
Anyone related to John Kinney buried at Chester Baptist Cemetery? 1755-1841 and a Revolutionary War soldier . Thanks
I have tried a few times to call you, but I don't seem to be getting an answer, so thought I would try this. I am interested in talking to someone about my ancestors that are from Morrow County. I have lots of material, but I don't have all of organized. These records go back to the Civil war and before I believe. I want to save all the pictures and original poems, etc. that I have found on CD and donate the bulk of this material to the Genealogical Society. I would be interested in talking to someone about this. You can contact me at email address: [email protected]. My name is Jean Byrd. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Hoping to hear from you soon.
Does anyone know how to use a tool like this that can show me? If it's any use, that is.