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Out of the Box: Ira J. Pierong

Thank you for stopping by the SCDL Tree Talk Tuesday Blog. Today, we are featuring a photograph that was recently donated to us. We have now added it the Cantonians Album on the Genealogy Dept. Flickr page.



Ira John Pierong was b. 30 November 1878 in Canton, Stark County, Ohio. He was the eldest son of Almon H. Pierrong and Lettie Dsyer.  The Almon Pierong family is listed as living at 246 S. Poplar St. in Canton in 1880. In 1892 Ira’s father passes away and the family can then be found living at 15 Elgin Ave. Ira is listed as being a student in the 1893 Canton City Directory and in 1895  he listed as working for S. V. Courtney.  By 1904 Ira, his mother Lettie and his brother Louis all had moved to Cleveland, Ohio.  Around 1909, Ira was untied in marriage to Lucille (possible maiden name Evans). Lucille was b. ca. 1883 in Illinois.  Ira d. 6 August 1911 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio from Typhoid Fever. After his death his was brought back to Canton by train and buried in West Lawn Cemetery.  Ira’s brother and mother both remained in Cleveland until their deaths.


1880, U.S. Federal Census, Canton, Stark, Ohio; Roll: 1067; Page 370 B;, Enumeration District: 137.
The Burch Directory Co., compiler, Canton City, Ohio Directory, Canton: Burch Directory Co., 1893-1896. 
The Cleveland Directory Co., compiler, The Cleveland Directory. Cleveland Directory Co., 1904-1905.
1910 U.S. Federal Census, Cleveland Ward 21, Cuyahoga, Ohio; Roll T624-1174; Page 6A; Enumeration Dsitrict 0318.
Stark County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, compiler. “Cemetery Inscriptions Stark County, Ohio Vol. VII”, Stark County Chapter Ohio Genealogical Society, Canton, 1986.
Stark County, Ohio  Probate Court Records of Birth 1867-1908, “Ira J. Pierong” Vol. 2, p. 160.
Ohio Bureau of Vital Statistics, Death Certificate no. 41892 (1911), Ira John Pierong.
Find A Grave, “Ira John Pierong”, https:
Ira J. Pierong, obituary, “Canton Repository” 8 August 1911, p. 7



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What’s New July 2017 Edition

Thanks for stopping by this weeks SCDL Tree Talk Tuesday Blog. We have some new items to the collection that will help in your family research. Check them out below.

How To…

Greene, Bob and D. G. Fulford. (1993). To Our Children’s Children: Preserving Family Histories for Generations to Come. Doubleday: New York.

Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. (2005). The Family Tree Guide to Finding Your Ellis Island Ancestors. Family Tree Books: Cincinnati.


Hercules Motors Corporation. (194-). Letters from Hercules men on Active Service v. 2 & 4. Hercules Motors Corporation: Canton.

United States:


(2006). Frederick County, Maryland: Your Life, Community, Presented by Your Paper The Frederick News-Post. Randal Family, LLC.

New York

(2012). The Burghers of new Amsterdam and The Freedmen of New York: Collections of the New-York Historical Society for the Year 1885. Clearfield: Baltimore.


Johannesen, Eric. (1971). Selected Landmark Architecture of Alliance, Ohio. Alliance Historical Society: Alliance.


Crozier, William Armstrong, ed. (1990). Spotsylvania County 1721-1800: Being Transcriptions, from the Original Files at the County Court House, of Wills, Deeds, Administrators’ and Guardians’ Bond, Marriage Licenses, and Lists of Revolutionary Pensioners. Genealogical Publishing Company: Baltimore.

McCartney, Martha W. (2014). Kingston Parish Register, Mathews, Gloucester and Middlesex Counties, Viriniga: Slave Holders, 1746-1827. Genealogical Publishing Company: Baltimore.



Grenham, John (2012). Tracing Your Irish Ancestors: The Complete Guide. Fourth Ed. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: Baltimore.

Family History:

McLaughlin, Ellen Marr, Glen McLaughlin with William Highlander. (2016). Doll A Marr Family History.

Herbruck, Emil P. D.D. (1923). Early Years and Late Reflections. Central Publishing House: Cleveland.



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Area Genealogy Programs for June 2017

Welcome to the SCDL Tree Talk Tuesdays Blog. This week we are looking at what is happening in the way of Genealogy Programs and items that may be of interest to the Genealogist around Stark County.


The Massillon Genealogy Society:

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 @ The Massillon Public Library Auditorium 6:30pm


Stark County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society:

Saturday, June 10, 2017@ Stark County District Library 10:00am-12:00pm

Program: Finding Shakespeare by Richard Haldi


Alliance Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society:

Thursday, June 8 at 7 pm @ the Trinity Episcopal Church on South Union Avenue in Alliance, Ohio

Program:  Will Cooley of Walsh University will speak on the topic, “Your Ancestors, Immigrants or Refugees.”

Stark County District Library

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 @ Sandy Valley Branch

Where Is It Now? Learn how to use various land records from the past to find where your ancestors property is located today.


McKinley Libray and Museum:

Now-Sept 3, 2017 @ McKinley Museum

In the Keller-Gallery: Mom What’s That? “Many items that used to be commonplace are now quaint nods to the past.  You might remember them, but do your kids know what they are?  This exhibition will feature artifacts from the late 20th century, such as rotary phones, typewriters, VCRs, and lots more!”


Until next time. Happy Ancestor Hunting!

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What’s New May 2017 Edition

Thanks for stopping by this weeks SCDL Tree Talk Tuesday Blog. We have some new items to the collection that will help in your family research. Check them out below.

How To…

Best, Laura. (2005). Scrapbooking Your Family History. Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.:New York.

Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. (2005). The Family Tree Guide to Finding Your Ellis Island Ancestors. Family Tree Books:Cincinnati.

United States:

General US

Rice, William H. (2016). Colonial Records of the Upper Potomac v.1-6. McClain Printing Company: Parsons.


Grundset, Eric G. (2016). Connecticut in the American Revolution: A Source guide for Genealogists and Historians. National Daughters of the American Revolution: Washington D.C.



Rerick Brothers. (1894). The County of Clark, Ohio: An Imperial Atlas and Art Folio Including Chronological Chart, Statistical Tables and Descriptions of Surveys. Reprint by Clark County Chapter OGS. Little Miama Publishing Co.: Milford.

Warren County Genealogical Society, comps. (2014). Warren County, Ohio, Funeral Records Vol. 4: Hoskins Funeral Homes. Warren County Genealogical Society: Lebanon.

Warren County Genealogical Society, comps. (2014). Warren County, Ohio,  Funeral Records Vol. 5: A.L. Mason Area Funeral Homes. Warren County Genealogical Society: Lebanon.

Warren County Genealogical Society, comps. (2013). Warren County Funeral Records Vol. 6: A.L. Hannah Funeral Home Blanchester, Ohio. Warren County Genealogical Society: Lebanon.

Warren County Genealogical Society, comps. (2014). Warren County Funeral Records vol. 7: Stine Kilburn Funeral Home Lebanon, Ohio. Warren County Genealogical Society: Lebanon.


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Out of the Box: Central Fire Station No.1


Postcard of Central Fire Station No. 1 in Canton, Ohio. This is most likely the station that was added onto and redesigned in 1908. *Postmark on the back is dated 1914.



The Central Fire Station No. 1  was built in 1882 and was located on the NW corner of 3rd St. and Court SW, in the same block as the City Hall in downtown Canton. The station was equipped with a bell that would trip the stalls where the horses were ready for duty. Over the years some remodeling took place of the original 1882 building, however it remained at the same location until sometime between 1957-1959. It was then torn down to make room for the new City Hall that was dedicated in 1960. Currently the No.1 Fire station is located at 110 7th St. SW. in Canton.



1914 Sanborn Map showing the details of the Central Fire Station No. 1 on Third St. and Court Ave SW



For more information about the history of the Canton Fire Department see:


Canton Fire Department-History

IAFF Local 249-Canton, Ohio


At the Library:

Canton Fire Department 1822-1997 by John Cespedes and Scott D. Walton

The Stark County Story by Edward Thornton Heald

Canton City Directory

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map

Canton Fire Department News Clipping File

Canton Sesquicentennial

Genealogy News: New Map of Canton in Genealogy




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What’s New: February 2017 Edition

Welcome to the SCDL Tree Talk Tuesday Blog. It’s the beginning of Februarys and that’s when we like to share what’s new to the collection. The items listed below are all link to the card catalog. To find out more information and the availability of an item simply click on the click. Until next time, Happy Ancestor Hunting!


Annal, Peter Christian and David. (2008). Census: The Family Historians Guide, Second Edition. Bloomsbury: London.


Pagburn, Richard L.(1993). Indian Blood. Butler Books: Louisville.


Quillen, W. Daniel. (2013). Tracing Your European Roots vol. 5. Cold Spring Press: Cold Spring.

Family History:

Fricke, Douglas Carl. (2015). Joseph A. Hemann (1816-1897) German-American Educator, Publisher, Banker in Nineteenth Century Cincinnati. Allodium CHase: Martinsville.

Hollinger, Marialice.comp, ed. (1998). The Frederick Young Family. Hollinger Services Inc: Elizabethtown.

How To…

Cooke, Lisa Louise. Turn your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse (& other tablets too!). Genealogy Gems.

Taylor, Maureen. (2013). Family Photo Detective: Learn How to Find Genealogy Clues in Old Photos and Solve Family Photo Mysteries. Family Tree Book: Cincinnati.

Rose, Christine CG, CGL, FASG and Kay Germain Ingalls, CG.  (2012). The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Genealogy, Third Edition. Alpha: New York.

Quillen, W. Daniel. (2014). Mastering Family Library & Church Records. Cold Spring Press: Cold Spring.


Quillen, W. Daniel. (2014). Mastering Census & Military Records vol. III. Cold Spring Press: Cold Spring.

United States:

General US

Carvell, Clarence. (2007).  The National Road a Photographic Journey. American Literacy Press: Baltimore.

Ierley, Merrit.(1990).  Traveling the National Road: Across the Centuries on America’s First Highway. Overlook Press: Woodstock.

Searight, Thomas B. (1894). The Old Pike: A History of The National Road with Incidents, :


Fishbaugh, Thomas A. comp. ed. (2009). Early Setters of the Firelands. Kin Hunters of Sandusky County, Ohio, Inc.:Fremont.

Kenney, Kimberly A. (2007). Canton’s Pioneers in Flight. Arcadia: Charleston.  *Available as an eBook

Postcard collection-new items added.


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New Postcards Added to the Collection


The Genealogy Department has recently acquired 16 old Postcards and have added them to the Postcard collection. It’s always exciting to see “new” items and Postcards are a great find for the historian and family historian alike. Not only do they show buildings and/or places that were/are important to an area, the information written on the back often tell their own story. The new postcards that we have include images of Canton Churches, Aultman Hospital, Timken Mercy Hospital, Meyers Lake, The Work House, Central Fire Station, and the Timken Vocational School. Visit our Genealogy Flickr Page to see them.



Happy Ancestor Hunting!

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Out of the Box: Joseph A. Meyer and Caroline Bleck


The photographs above are believed to be those of Joseph A. Meyer and Caroline L. Bleck .



Joseph A. Meyer, Jeweler, was the son of Francis Meyer and Caroline A. R. Bogan. He was  born 8 January 1831 in Mt. Eaton, Wayne County, Ohio and died the 7 June 1887 in Canton, Stark County, Ohio[1][2]. Joseph married Caroline L. Bleck, 23 August 1853 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio[3]. She was the daughter of  Rev. Charles A. and Sophia Louisa (Kruase) Bleck.  She was born 9 November 1833 in Camden Valley, Washington County, New York and died 18 August 1885 in Canton, Stark County, Ohio.[4][5]

Children of Joseph and Carolina (Bleck) Meyer

  1. Frances (Frank) Charles. b 24 October 1854 in Canton Township, Stark County, Ohio; d. 20 March 1894 in Canton, Stark County, Ohio.
  2. Joseph (Joe) Andrew. b. 2 December 1856 in Canton Township, Stark County, Ohio; d. 21 December 1894 Baghdad, Turkey.
  3. John Mathew b. October 1865 in Stark County, Ohio; d. 28 September 1945 in Seattle, King County, Washington; m. (1) Clara M. Kemper, 11 October 1886, (2) Nora Hartzell, 14 February 1917,  (3) Leila Gillete.
  4. Winifred b. 30 November 1868 in Canton, Stark County, Ohio; d. 15 February 1953 in Boston Suffolk County, Massachusettes; m. Dana Fritz Dowd9 July  1912.
  5. Caroline “Carrie” S. b. 28 July 1872; d. 4 December 1851 in Evanston, Illinois; m. Otto Gottleib Rhein, 12 December 1893 in Canton, Stark County, Ohio.


Joseph and his family were well travelled and well known in the Canton community. During his lifetime he worked and owned a jewelry store and was responsible for maintaining the clock in the tower at the courthouse.


For more information on Joseph and his family can be found in the book The Andrew Meyer Family of Stark County, Ohio by Richard White and the Joseph A. Meyer Collection in the Genealogy Department at the Stark County, District Library.


[1] Stark County, Ohio. Probate Court. Estate of Joseph A. Meyer. No. 2830NS. Stark County District Library, Canton.

[2] “J.S. Meyer (Mr.). Canton Repository. 11 June 1887, p.1.

[3] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : 15 July 2014), Tuscarawas > image 79 of 448; county courthouses, Ohio.

[4] “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : 30 September 2014), Stark > image 253 of 720; county courthouses, Ohio.

[5] “Caroline C. L. (Mrs.)”. Canton Repository, 19 August 1885, p.1.




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Find My Past Announce Four Days of Free Access

Do you have Irish or British Ancestors? Then you may want to check out the databases from Find My Past.


  • Findmypast makes all birth, marriage, death & census records free to search and explore from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th January 2017
  • Free access covers all records hinted against in Findmypast’s family tree builder
  • This includes 583 million UK BMDs, the largest collection available online including over 80 million exclusive parish records you won’t find anywhere else, over 10 million Irish Catholic Parish registers and over 140 million United States Marriages
  • Family historians will be supported with expert insights and how to guide



To read more about the free four day access click here:

To start searching visit the Find My Past Website.


Happy Ancestor Hunting!

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What’s New January 2017

Happy New Year!!! Thanks for stopping by to check out the SCDL Tree Talk Tuesday Blog. Here is a list of some new items to our Genealogy collection to help discovery your story.



Dolan, Allison (2015). The Family Tree Historical Maps Book Europe: A Country-by-Country Atlas oF European History, 17990’s-1900’s. Family Tree Books: Cincinnati.

Family History:

Moore, George L. (1991). The Moore Family In America: Descendants of Shildes Moore of Wales From 1732 to 1891. Heritage:Bowie.

How To…

Baxter, Angus. (2015). In Search of Your German Roots: A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in the Germanic Areas of Europe. Fifth Edition. Genealogical Publishing Company: Baltimore.

Beidler, James M. (2016). Trace Your German Roots Online: A Complete Guide to German Genealogy Websites. Family Tree Books: Cincinnati.

Blinn, Linda. (2006). Making Family Journals: Projects and Ideas for Sharing and Recording Memories Together. Quarry Books: Gloucester.

MacEntee, Thomas. (2015). The Genealogy Do-Over Workbook.


Revolutionary War

Lowell, Edward. (2014). The Hessians and the Other German Auxiliaries of Great Britain in the Revolutionary War. Create Space Independent Publishing Platform.

United States:


Walker, Charles M. (1996). History of Athens County, Ohio And Incidentally of the Ohio Land Company and the First Settlement of the State at Marietta. Heritage:Bowie.

Mitchener, C. H., editor. (1975). Ohio Annals. Historic Events in the Tuscarawas and Muskingum Valleys, and in other portions of The State of Ohio. Gordon Printing: Strasburg.


Closson, Bob and Mary. comps. (1985). Butler County, Pennsylvania WillBook Index 1800-1900. Closson Press: Apollo.

Year Books:

Canton South High School 2015.

Glenwood Senior High School Dedication Program 1958.

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