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8th Annual Diggin’ in the Dark: Genealogy After Hours Event

Thanks for stopping by this weeks SCDL Tree Talk Tuesday Blog Post. October is family history month and we have been busy with a series of classes and are getting ready to wrap up the celebration on October 28th when we will once again be hosting our annual Diggin’ in the Dark: Genealogy After Hours Research Night.

During the evening will  have representative’s from DAR, The McKinley Museum, Stark County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society and The Ohio Genealogical Society, here to answer questions and about their groups as well as the Genealogy Staff to help with researching during the evening.

This year we also have a special guest speaker, Mary Milne Jamba who will be giving a presentation on Understanding DNA Results for Genealogy purposes.

If you haven’t attended before or are a regular attender make sure you get your reservation in soon, spaces are filling up fast!


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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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More New Postcards Added to the Collection!

Thanks for stopping by this weeks SCDL Tree Talk Tuesday. We are excited to share the news that we recently acquired 9 new postcards to add to the collection. They have now been digitized and are available to view on our Flickr Page.


The new post cards include street views of some of the main roads in Canton, like this one of East Tuscarawas St.  It also includes images from Water Works Park, the McKinley Monument and St. Johns’ Parochial School.


To see the collection visit our Flickr Page until next time Happy Ancestor Hunting!

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Genealogy News: New Map of Canton in Genealogy

New Map of Canton in Genealogy

By Lauren Landis The Genealogy Department welcomed a new piece of Canton History last week. An aerial-view lithograph of Canton in 1884, entitled “The Panoramic View of The City of Canton, Ohio” is now on display.  The map is a replica of the original, which is held at the McKinley Museum. With the generosity of the Museum and financial support from the FOL, the map was duplicated, framed, and hung on the 2nd floor of the Main Library. Stop by to take a look, and see if you can find the site of the present-day Library and other Canton landmarks.


Until next week: Happy Ancestor Hunting!


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January Genealogy Program

Welcome to SCDL Tree Talk Tuesdays and Happy New Year! We hope that you all had some great family time over the holidays.  If one of you New Years resolution was to work on your family tree then you’ll want to check out these programs for January.


Stark County District Library

12 January 2016: Beginning Genealogy @ North Branch 6-7:30pm.


Massillon Genealogical Society

6 January 2016: Share and Tell @ Massillon Public Library Auditorium


Looking Ahead:

Ohio Genealogical Society Tracking Your Ancestors Annual Conference 28-30 April in Mason, Ohio.

National Genealogical SocietyExploring the Centuries: Footprints in Time Annual Conference May 4-7 in Ft. Lauderdale. Registration is now open.




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Out of the Box: Brewster Jr. and Sr. High Class 1933

Brewster Sr. and Jr. High 1933

Brewster Sr. and Jr. High 1933

Thank for stopping by this weeks SCDL Tree Talk Tuesdays. This week we are featuring another of our Out of the Box Photos. The photo shown here is of Brewster Sr. and Jr. High in 1933. While it is a very nice photograph, we would love to know who is in. Did you have family that attended? Please share this post and comment if you can identify anyone is this picture. *to view a larger size simply click on the image.

Until next week…Happy Ancestor Hunting!

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June Genealogy Programs

Thanks for stopping by SCDL Tree Talk Tuesdays. It’s the first of June and at the beginning of each month we like to focus on Genealogy Programs that are being offered here at the library  and in the community. So with out further adieu here they are.

Stark County District Library

June 15, 2015

6-7:30pm @ Jackson Branch

Effectively Using Ancestry.com: Join Stephanie Houck from the Genealogy Dept. of the SCDL as she shares tips and tricks for using the Ancestry.com database to climb your family tree.

Stark County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society

June 11, 2015

7:00pm @ Trinity United Church of Christ

History of Walsh University: Presented by Richard Jusseaume the President of Walsh University

Alliance Genealogical Society

June 11, 2014

7:00pm @ Trinity Episcopal Church on South Union Avenue

Scotland and Scottish Research: Presented by Carolyn Miller 


Massillon Genealogical Society

June 3, 2015

6:30pm @ Lillie Beane Community Center

World War II Pilot: M. L. Weaver will be sharing his experience as a World War II Pilot

McKinley Presidential Library and Museum

June 18, 2015

2:30pm @ McKinley Presidential Library and Museum

Free Newspaper Workshop: Join Jenni Salamon of the Ohio History Connection on June 18th at 2:30 PM to learn how you can access and use Ohio’s historic newspapers through the Library of Congress website Chronicling America.

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Genealogy Research@SCDL: Obituaries

Welcome to this week’s SCDL Tree Talk Tuesdays. This week we continue our  journey about Genealogy Research @ SCDL. Each month we are taking a look at the specific records that are available within our collection to help you with your research. Today we will look at obituaries.

What Information is Found in an Obituary


Earlier obituaries contained less information than the ones we typically see today.  An obituary from the early 1800s may only note an individual’s name and date of death. Deaths_1854-03-08_pg3_col2

Over time, obituaries have become more detailed.  In addition to including the individual’s name and date of death, they may also include:

  • Date/Place of BirthDeath_1912-12-13_pg15
  • Names of Parents
  • Names of Siblings
  • Marriage Date
  • Name of Spouse
  • Name of Children
  • Occupation
  • Education
  • Religion
  • Residence at time of Death
  • Cause of Death
  • Date of Funeral
  • Name of Funeral Home
  • Name of Cemetery

Occasionally, obituaries may include a picture of the deceased.

Locating Obituaries

The SCDL Genealogy Department has indexed the obituaries that have appeared in The Canton Repository from 1815 to present. Many of the indexes are available on our Stark County Online Index Files page here, but all years are available as hardcopies in the Genealogy Department.  After finding an entry in the index, you can look up the obituary in our microfilmed copies of The Canton Repository.  We have every year of the paper since it began in 1815.

If you can’t make it to the library, don’t worry!  You can request a copy of a Canton Repository obituary be sent to you either by email or US mail. Just complete the request form here.

So, what if you are looking for an obituary from another Stark County newspaper?

  • Our Genealogy Links for Local Sources page links you to many other area newspaper indexes including the Alliance Review, the Louisville Herald, the Massillon Independent and more.  The SCDL Genealogy Department does not have these papers in our holdings, but the indexes can at least point you to other libraries to contact.
  • Ancestry Library Edition includes several obituary collections for the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, and other locations.
  • Many individuals add obituaries to FindAGrave.com.
  • You can search collections of historical newspapers, like Chronicling America.
  • Try ObitsArchive.com.
  • Or, read the FamilySearch wiki post for even more suggestions!

Author: Lauren Kuntzman

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Genealogy Research at SCDL: Marriage Records

Welcome to SCDL Tree Talk Tuesdays. This week we are continuing on with our series of Genealogy Research at SCDL and looking at Marriage Records. The Genealogy Collection has the Marriage Records for Stark County covering the years 1809 (when they began) through 2007. These records are indexed and are available on microfilm and are a free resource to anyone who would like to view them.  Locating the Marriage Record: There are two ways to search for a Marriage Record 1. The Stark County Probate Court

  • Has an online database of Marriages covering the years 1986-present. Prior to 1986 the index is incomplete, however they are working on getting the older marriages added as they have time do so.
  • To search the database visit http://www.probate.co.stark.oh.us/ and choose “Case Search”. When the search screen appears enter the bride or groom’s name in the boxes provided and then click search.  Below is a partial list using the name Margaret Jones in the search boxes. Marriages are identified by “MA2” or “MA1”. The number following the case type is the case number. This is the number that is needed to find the original record on microfilm. The first number is the volume and the second number (after the dash) is the page number.

2. Index to Marriages on Microfilm

  • The Genealogy Collection has a set of microfilm that are an index to the marriages covering the years 1809-1972. These films can be searched by either bride or groom.Marriage Records Index
  • To search the film there is some basic information you will need; First and last name of either bride or groom and an approximate year they were married. Once the names are located in the index it will give the marriage date, the name of the couple, the volume and page number of the marriage record.

Now that You Have Located the Record What Does It Tell You? 1.Marriage Records 1809-ca. 1880’s

  • They are simple journal entries and list the name of the couple being married, date of marriage and who married them.
  • Marriage license from this time frame do not exists

2. Marriage Records Earlier than 1899Marriage Record Vol 15. Pg. 22 1894

  • Look more like a certificate
  • List the bride and grooms name, date of marriage and whom married them. Sometimes a relative may go take out the license.

3. Marriages Records1899-PresentMarriage Record Vol. 134 Pg 42 1987

  • Marriage Application with bride, groom, parents names, marriage date, who married them, parents names, previous marriages. Later records  also lists any children that were born from a previous marriage.

4. Requesting a Copy of a Stark County Marriage Record

Stark County Marriage Records can between 1809-2007 can be requested by using the Genealogy Online Request Form. After 2007 to request a record you will need to contact the Stark County Probate Courts Office.

That is all for a research guide for this week. Next month will we take a look at  Obituaries. Until then Happy Ancestor Hunting!

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March Genealogy Programs

Thank you for stopping by this week’s SCDL Tree Talk Tuesday. It’s the beginning of the month and that means it times to see what programs are happening around the area of Genealogical interest. So without further adieu, here they are.

Massillon Genealogical Society

 4 March 2015: “Murder in the President’s Family”

Stark County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society

12 March 2015: “Brader Drawings in and the Slabaugh Family” presented by Kim Carleson

Stark County District Library

7 March 2015: “Treasures from the Past” @ Perry Sippo Branch

                     “Celebrate Genealogy Day by making a treasure box for your family’s special keepsakes. Out genealogy expert will share her treasures and stories. Bring your own shoebox and we will provide the rest”

17 March  2015: “Climb Your Family Tree: Effectively Using Ancestry.com” @ East Canton Branch

“Want to learn more about online genealogy: Learn tricks and tips to get results when searching Ancestry Library Edition Database”

That’s all for now. Happy Ancestor Hunting!

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