The Scioto County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization, which was founded in 1976 and remains active in 2014 with 102 members. The society’s purpose is to collect and preserve historical records of Scioto County and to make available for use in genealogical research. History is not only found in text books but also in records stored in our communities. Researching family history in court houses, cemeteries, libraries, family members and yes even the keyboard that opens- up unlimited websites and data bases that help us to draw closer to our ancestors. Your history is who you are and how your family changed as it moved through generations to you.
Highlights of programs in the past year included speakers:
Don Clark, 3rd Vice President of Development of the Ohio Genealogical Society; Beth A. Wilson-Shoemaker “A Grave Sight-Cemetery Photos”; Beth Santore of Perry County Ohio Historical Society, board member of Association for Gravestone Studies spoke on “Gravestone Care”; Pamela Hutchinson Chief Deputy Clerk of Scioto County Probate Court” Resources available at the Probate Court”; Belinda Bowman-Schaefer DAR power point presentation of “The Evolution of Christmas Traditions”.
An on-going project has been to locate and document cemeteries of Scioto County. We plan this year to acknowledge the caregivers of the cemeteries and have some “Wanted Posters” for cemeteries that have been forgotten or neglected in the area with “ADOPT A CEMETERY PROGRAM”. Do you know a cemetery that needs a little T.L.C. would you or a group like to donate time to cleanup or cut grass? Do you know someone who is already doing this? We would like to say “Thank you” to them for their hard work. Please let us know and send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org We have a member who joined our society because they came to hear our speaker about Gravestone Care. They wanted to learn because they had found a cemetery they had been cleaning up. Yes we have some wonderful people who see a need and want to help. We also have wonderful city workers and township officials who care for our cemeteries that need to know we appreciate what they are doing.
We would like to acknowledge all of Scioto County Schools in a project we undertook in 2013 for the Ohio Genealogical Society Library in Bellville, Ohio. Every school district donated to this project with a grand total of 177 yearbooks collected. We send a special Thank You to the students and staff who were so helpful.
SCCOGS members represented the Society at: 2013 Greenup County Historical and Genealogy Conference at Greenbo State Park Resort; 52rd Annual OGS Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio ; Palatines to America German Genealogy Workshop at the Ross County Ohio Library; Eastern Kentucky Genealogy & Historical Conference at Paintsville, Ky.
The official newsletter of the society SCCOGSNEWS is published bimonthly and available on the website for members and non-members to view. We also have other information aides for the beginner genealogist. Such as “Inscriptions of Greenlawn Cemetery”,” Nile Township Cemetery Inscriptions” “Enlisted Men of 1918” upcoming Genealogy Conferences for 2014, brief township histories of Scioto County, and publications we have for sale. Research helps and forms and Family Histories “Pioneer of Scioto County, Ohio” all can be viewed at our website at www.scoggs.com .
The Chapter’s holdings of genealogical records, books, and donated Family Histories and other research material are housed in the Local History Department of the Portsmouth Public Library. The chapter has an office in the Masonic Temple Building for storage of older genealogy records. Our Research Committee takes requests for look ups for non-resident members as time permits.
Officers for 2014 include: President, Phyllis Crawford; Vice president ,Jodi Wright; Treasurer, Judy Karshner; Corresponding Secretary, Janice Edwards; Recording Secretary, Molly Stroud; Librarian, Belinda Bowman-Schaefer; Historian, Mima Vita; Committee Chairs include: Co-Chairs of Publications, Evelyn Baker, Carla Dunham; Newsletter, Gladys Reynolds; Newsletter Editor, Janice Edwards; Cemetery Co-Chairs, Janice Edwards, Jodi Wright; Membership, Janice Edwards; Research, Gladys Reynolds; Webmaster Monica Karasek.
Community members and guests are always welcome to attend our bimonthly meetings on the second Saturday of the month beginning in February at the Portsmouth Public Library at 1:00p.m. Meeting notices are posted in local newspapers and on the Society’s website. For further information please visit the website at www.sccogs.com or by mailing to SCCOGS P.O. Box 812, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662