Lake County Genealogical Society (Ohio)
A Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society

Our Board Membership Our Publications First Families of Lake County Resources Morley Library, our home Lake Co. OHGenWeb Ohio Genealogical Society Research Requests Contact us

Our Purpose

To promote genealogical research and to give instruction and aid to those interested in tracing family lines and searching records; to create, build interest, and promote the collection and preservation of records and materials of value for genealogical or historical research, and to make them available for use in such research.

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Our Meetings

The society meets the last Thursday of the month at 10:00 am at Morley Library, 184 Phelps St., Painesville, Ohio 44077 (440) 352-3383. There is no meeting in August or December. July is a family picnic. January is a pot-luck. Guests are always welcome!

Thursday 26 March 2015 10:00 am
Cheryl McClellan will discuss
The Anderson Allen Room at Chardon Library,
with what is available for your research.

Thursday 30 April 2015 10:00 am
Richard Specter will speak on
"How A Fish Became A Kitty:
A Cautionary Tale of How Careful Research Can Be So Wrong."

Thursday 28 May 2015 10:00 am
Joellen O'Neill:
"Packing for a Cemetery Research Trip"

Thursday 25 June 2015 10:00 am
Dusty Staudt
"Using Global Positioning System (GPS) for Genealogy"

Photos from Our Bus Trips

See pics from our trip to Washington DC in August 2013.

Our trip to The Allen County Public Library August 2012 was great and pics are HERE!


We have been a chapter of
Ohio Genealogical Society for 40 years!

Look! We're on Facebook!
Thanks to Jill Nick.

Federation of Genealogical
Societies Member

Gravestone Inscription Readings

include stone condition, flagholders, emblems and decorations and placement. The townships are as they were about 1840. Cemetery histories and descriptions have been provided.

In Memory of Our Members

This is a listing of deceased Society members and the research materials donated by the Society to Morley Library in their memory.

Lake County, Ohio

Our Neighbor Societies

Ashtabula County to the East
Cuyahoga County closest to the West
Geauga County to the South
OGS Cleveland District Round Table site
with many local and specialty genealogy societies and their upcoming activities. It also includes several wonderful Cuyahoga County databases.

Kudos! The LCGS Indexing group placed number 15 out of nearly 700 groups for number of records indexed in the month of May - about 48,000 records! The entire census was indexed in 4 1/2 months, an amazing feat. Congratulations to all who participated. Contact Joy McMullen if you would like to index other records with our group.

History Hall of Lake County, Ohio Fairgrounds, A Biographical Anthology
by Members and Friends of LCGS

(Now here in its entirety, except the index.)

Now in print!!.

Debuted at the centennial celebration of History Hall at the Lake County Fair in August 2014.

This book is now available at

School Records Project

Our current project is a huge collection of monthly teacher reports in the 19-teens. A project that can be done at home, we are typing the lists of children, ages and grades. Handwriting is generally very good. Contact the webmaster for referral to the project chair, or join us at a meeting.


 An Alphabetical Abstract of the naturalization petitions from Lake County Probate Court (1860-1906) and Lake County Common Pleas Court (1906-1975). This includes Declarations of Intention and petitions that failed for a variety of reasons. Naturalizations between 1840 and 1860 were done in a variety of courts, which will be abstracted later.


"Lake Lines," the newsletter of the Society is published quarterly and e-mailed to all members. Article submissions are welcome. Queries for ancestors in Lake County and the immediate surrounding area are free. Send correspondence to "LakeLines," in care of the Lake County Genealogical Society, 184 Phelps Street, Painesville, Ohio 44077.

Index to "LakeLines" 1974-2011
Thanks to Suzanne Ferron, Marianne Wiley, and Cathi Salmi for indexing, Herb Turk for formatting, and Sally Malone for coordinating this project.Thanks to Jan Bathurst for doing the 2011 indexing.

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First Families of Lake County, Ohio

Honor an ancestor who resided in what is now Lake County by 1840. A focused genealogical challenge may await you.

Our Honored Ancestors

Click here for an Application, the Rules of Evidence, and some helpful information. This is in PDF format. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat reader, you can download one for free at

Go to the Lake County OHGenWeb site for more Lake County information and links. This is like a sister site with large numbers of databases we've helped create. Here are some of the projects we've contributed:

Copyright issues: Copyrights on the files on this site are held by the creators. They may be linked to but not copied except for personal use.
Disclaimer: The Lake County Genealogical Society cannot be held responsible for errors in transcription or in original documents. These files were intended only as guides to original records from which the researcher should draw his own conclusions.

Many thanks to Rootsweb Genealogical Data Cooperativefor this server space.

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This site last updated on 18 March 2015.