The society was organized in 1965 by a group of people who wanted to collect and publish the birth, marriage, death, burial and earliest land records of Wayne County. By doing so, interest in researching ones family grew and a genealogy group was formed under a section of the Wayne County Historical Society. In May 1978, the Wayne County Genealogical Society, section of the Wayne County Historical Scoety was granted a Charter as a Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. In 1996, the members voted to form The Wayne County Genealogical Society, a Chapter of OGS, as an independent group from the Historical Society.
The society promotes genealogy study, research and education. To publish genealogical material and support the objectives of the OGS. Encourgement in First Families of Ohio (FFO) and Pioneer Families of Wayne County.
The Wayne County Genealogical Society does not have our own library. When visiting the county for genealogy research, a good plce to start is the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, OH. The Genealogy and Local History Department has some 5,880 volumes, 3,900 I.G.I. fiche, 1,600 Probate fiche and more than 4,200 reels of microfilm. Over 870 published histories and 2,800 family papers have been donated by researchers. Staff members will help you by phone at (330) 262-0916 ext. 7139.
Meetings are held the 1st Saturday of each month, at 12:30 p.m.,
except July, September and December.
Refreshments are served from 12:30 to approximately 12:45–1 p.m.;
Program begins around 12:45–1 p.m.
All meetings are held at the Wayne County Public Library, 220 W Liberty St., Wooster, Ohio, unless otherwise announced.
Ample free parking next to the library.
Individual - $12
Family - $16
Single Life - $200
Family Life - $250
Student - $5
A newsletter, "Wayne Ancestors", is published quarterly by The Wayne County Genealogical Society. Only one newsletter will be sent to the same address. Queries for the newsletter are welcome and printed free of charge for members. If you are not a member, plese enclose $5 with your request. Any items you may have on Wayne County or its families are requested for publishing in the newsletter including old Bible records. Xerox copies, including title page, are preferred.
Wayne County Pioneer Families is the way the Wayne County Genealogy Society honors the earliest pioneers (those that settled before 1826) of Wayne County, Ohio
The Wayne County Genealogical Society can no longer answer queries that take more than 20 minutes to research. If you do not need a personal answer, we will print your query in the "Wayne Ancestors" quarterly newsletter we publish. For a fee, we will do some indepth research that include, but are not limited to, the following:
- 1826 Tax List of Wayne County
- 1850 Census of Wayne County
- 1880 Census of Wayne County
- Probate Court Index 1811-1918
- Douglass' History of Wayne County, 1878
- Wayne County Burial Records
- Wayne County Birth Records, 1867-1908
If you would like our volunteer to perform research for you, our research fees are $15 per hour for members and $20 per hour for non members. Please fill out and send this Research Request Form along with your check to our PO Box. If you do need further research done, please check the names of local researchers who can continue your search. Photocopies remain at ten cents per page in addition to the research fee.
If you send a request to the Wayne County Library, please do not duplicate your request with us or vice versa. We use the same facilities to work on your requests.
Thank you for understanding. We hope to help anyone interested in their Wayne County roots.