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 24 April 2014 10:00 am
at Kirtland Family History Center
8751 Kirtland Chardon Road (Rt. 306)
Kirtland, OH 44094
Use back door of church in the valley.
Alan Rabe will coordinate an intro to
Family History Center offerings.
Presentation: Preparing for Genealogical
Research in Libraries.

Thursday 29 May 2014 10:00 am
Amy Kenneley will be the guest speaker
presenting "Your Ancestors--Believe It Or Not!
Ripping Good Tales that Border on Truth."

Thursday 26 June 2014 10:00 am
Doug Cooley,
guest speaker will present
"Interesting Websites for Genealogical Research."

Our Bus Trips

Albany or Boston, here we come!
A trip is being planned for August to New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston with other local, Masachusetts and National Archives repositories nearby. Those wishing to research in Albany, NY will stay near the State Archives and Library. Those traveling on to Boston will have some time in Albany on the way home. Flyer is here!

Our Washington Trip!
August 27-30, 2013 (Tues-Fri) - A terrific trip to Washington D.C. seemed so short for three great facilities - The National Archives, The Library of Congress, and The DAR Library. See pics from our trip!

Our trip to The Allen County Public Library, largest public library genealogy collection August 29-31, 2012 was great and pics are HERE!

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

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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.

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. Visitor information, vital records, newspaper indices, early deeds, military enlistees, and so much more are there.

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

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

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.

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.


 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


 An Index from 1840-1915 This index includes the licenses as well. It is on GenWeb, but was done by LCGS Volunteers.

Geauga Deeds

This is an index to the deeds from the part of Geauga County that became Lake County in 1840. The database is actually on Lake County OHGenWeb.

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 23 April 2014.