Two more open houses on OGS calendar

The Jefferson County Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society, held an open house at 100 Fernwood Road, Wintersville, where visitors came to research their roots in Jefferson County, the Tri-State Area, the United States and for those with international roots.

The open house was staffed by six genealogy volunteers, including chapter President Flora L. VerStraten-Merrin, Edward “Buddy” Merrin, Judy Schmidt, Naomi Furbee and Garold and Kris Bell.

“One researcher was trying to prove his ancestry back through slavery and the Civil War era, and another was considering joining, a genealogy website, and submitting DNA to try to make connections to others who may be searching for the same type ancestors,” VerStraten-Merrin said.

“The chapter has plans to hold two more open houses on Aug. 2 and Oct. 4. Genealogists will be available to offer hands-on assistance from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for those interested in learning more about their family history,” the chapter president said.

“These open house meetings are open to the public. The archive has computers and access to the Internet and several paid genealogy websites, including and a free website,,” VerStraten-Merrin said.

A new dimension will be added to the fall open house and include classes on specific genealogy topics throughout the day. Interested individuals can register to attend the free workshops at the chapter website at or call the office at (740) 346-2820 for information about the topics for the genealogy workshops.

Those interested in supporting the nonprofit organization or visiting the archive will find it open to the public and researchers on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Saturday by appointment only.

Many of the early Jefferson County records are housed at the archive including naturalization records; delayed and corrected births; military; first family and pioneer family records; cemetery/tombstone data; wills; probate/estate records; and common pleas records.