Welcome to the Seneca County Genealogical Society
The Seneca County Genealogical Society is an active chapter of OGS, with many talented and knowledgeable members who volunteer to assist researchers at all levels. Our members cover a wide range of ages and interest from beginners to advanced, including students from the high school genealogy club, as well as older adults who have been doing genealogical research for a long time. We specialize in Seneca County, Ohio, research but we can also help with other research needs.
Our meetings are on the first Tuesday each month, except for July, August, and December, and you do not need to be a member to attend. All are welcome to join us to hear some great speakers! You can also read about upcoming SCGS events and see other genealogy-related announcements on our FACEBOOK page.
Please CONTACT US anytime, or you can email me directly with your questions and comments. We look forward to connecting with you and helping you with your genealogical journey!
Upcoming Events - (In Person Meetings)
free to the public, you need not be a member to attend
**December 5, 2023 - No Meeting (Christmas Break)**
Past Meetings Information:
November 7, 2023 - 6:30 pm
Dr. Roy Zinn -
"The story of John Van Meter and Associated History of Ohio Country."
John Van Meter was a white child captured by Wyandots near the Ohio River ca. 1783 and received land in Eden Township when Seneca County was organized. Roy will give background on the Ohio Country prior to that time along with the story of John's life. He was first a Wyandot and then a Mohawk with his life being intertwined in the Native American history of this area through their removal starting in 1828 thru 1843. The Van Meter Reserve was in Eden Township, Seneca County as seen in this 1864 map (above).
Dr. Zinn is a retired veterinarian with interests ranging from the Seneca County Park District to the Civil War, Genealogy and the Seneca County Bicentennial.
Here is the link for the entire 1864 wall map of Seneca County OH
The meeting will be at the Tiffin Seneca Public Library's Frost Kalnow Room at 6:30 pm. The public is welcome to this free event
Sunday, Oct. 1st, 2023
Dee Knapp is coordinating a Family Day at Old Camp Pittenger for the Seneca County Genealogical Society and the Rotary. There will be a welcome and a presentation on the Camp’s history and future at 3:15 followed by a Camp tour. After that there will be games and a fire with S’mores for those who want to stay.
Dee and others are trying to promote and develop Camp Pittenger which has a long history in Seneca County going back to 1937. Many of our members may have gone there throughout its history and along with those who have never been there and would like to see it. This program is for you. Camp Pittenger is located at 8877 Township Road 131 McCutcheonville, Oh and is currently the Northwestern Ohio Christian Youth Camp.
June Obarr and Jim Stultz are coordinating this program. For further details contact June.October MeetingOctober Meeting
Meeting date and time and place will be changed for this month only!
Sept 5, 2023 - 6:30pm –
Steve Coffman - Historical monuments: How to Clean, Repair, and Restore. Or not
In this presentation, Dr. Steve Coffman will touch upon evaluation and assessment of historical cemetery monuments for possible cleaning, repair, and restoration, including many before and after photos. He will suggest videos by specific practitioners of the "art" of historical monument work and always recommends in-person, hands-on training with an experienced conservationist before attempting these tasks on your own. Dr. Coffman, a Tiffin resident, has been involved with the restoration of Rock Run Cemetery in Eden Township, Seneca County and heads Monumental Task Cemetery Preservation.