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Upcoming Meeting:

Speaker: Ernie Thode BA MA PGA
Topic: 12 Steps to Citizenship, 1925-1935: German national to American citizen: Ernst to Ernest
Date/Time: Saturday, FEBRUARY 16, 1:00 pm
Location: Washington County Public Library

Regular Meeting Location:
Washington County Public Library, Marietta, OH
Meeting Room, downstairs
615 Fifth St.
Marietta, OH 45750
Third Saturday, 1 p.m.

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from Buckeye Hills Hocking Valley Regional Development District

Marietta Daily Leader 1896-1901 now online

****  Marietta Cemeteries Coming Alive  ****

Past Meetings


14 DEC Gardener Residence, Annual Christmas Pot Luck
17 NOV Bill Reynolds, Campus Martius Museum historian. Author David McCollough's local research for his newest book, The Pioneers, The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West
20 OCT
15 SEP Ray Swick: "The Blennerhassett Bonanza," Recent discoveries of Blennerhassett Island
11 AUG Summer Pot Luck
21 JUL Bill Peoples, Business meeting followed by a tour of Peoples Mortuary Museum
16 JUN Deb Root Shell, "Washington County Civil War Honor Roll"
19 MAY Jann Adams, Ohio historian and author of Images of America, German Marietta and Washington County and Behind the Doors of Historic Marietta. "Helen Josephy: Journalist, Editor Author, Humanitarian"
21 APR Wesley Clarke, Archealogist & Collections Manager, The Castle and Scott Britton, Exectuive Director, the Castle. "The Clarks of Marietta; Not Just Potters"
20 MAR Glenna Hoff, Director of Education Programs, Campus Martius Museum, "Catharine A. Fay Ewing, Founder of Ohio's First Children's Home"
17 FEB Ernest Thode: APG, Translator, Columnist, Retired Local History and Genealogy Librarian. "Finding Passanger Lists that 'Do Not Exist'"
20 JAN Kitchen Sink Meeting. Members and guests bring their own family research experiences, stories, questions or perhaps an antique item you would like to share with others.


15 DEC Gardener Residence, Annual Christmas Pot Luck
18 NOV "Pathway To Freedom" Bill Reynolds, Campus Martius Museum Historian/Exhibits Specialist
21 OCT Kitchen Sink Meeting. Members and guests bring their own family research experiences, stories, questions or perhaps an antique item you would like to share with others.
18 SEP "DNA of the Founding Fatherd" Dr Scott M Moody, Emeritus Professor of Biology, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
11 AUG Gardner residence: Annual picnic
15 JUL "Three Civil War Soldiers" Deb Root Shell. Volunteer curator-archivist of the Fairview Park Historical Society Museum/Archives. Former manuscript processor and cataloger at the Western Reserve Historical Society. Former reference librarian in a public library
17 JUN Kitchen Sink Meeting. Members and guests bring their own family research experiences, stories, questions or perhaps an antique item you would like to share with others.
20 MAYFirst Families Luncheon Jann Adams: "Our German Community" Ohio historian and author of Images of America, German Marietta and Washington County and Behind the Doors of Historic Marietta
15 APR Scott Britton: " Marietta's Ministerial Land Morass Program" Land granted within the Ministerial Land allotment of the Ohio Company created interesting local legal issues.
18 MAR Jayne Stehle: "Roger Williams & Me - Times Three." Rhode Island's founding father, Roger Williams and proving Jayne's Washington County, OH connection.
18 FEB Susan Hobensack: Adding Faces to the Vietnam Wall...The Search for Photos of Deceased Washington County Vietnam Veterans
21 JAN Members' Kitchen Sink Meeting. Members shared artifacts, stories, queries, and information about their families and others


16 DEC Gardener Residence, Annual Christmas Pot Luck
19 NOV Michael Brant, Kay Cunningham Harris, Margaret Winter Mayle, and Deb Root Shell: "Family History in Cutler, Ohio"
14 OCT Mary Jo Hutchinson, director, "The History of the Fearing House"
17 SEP Randy Modesitt, director, "History of Henderson Hall"
20 AUG Gardner residence: Annual picnic
16 JUL Linda Showalter, Special Collections Dept., Marietta College Library, "Down and Out in Old Marietta"
16 JUN Kitchen Sink meeting, Bring a genealogy artifact to describe, document to display, problem to solve, or story to share.
21 MAY Annual First Families Luncheon, Speaker: Ernie Thode, Retired Local History & Genealogy Librarian, Washington County Public Library. “Two Swiss Pioneers in Southeastern Ohio in 1819, Jacob Tisher and Baron Rudolph de Steiguer.”
16 APR, John Ogden, Historical Researcher. Former Training Director for the Army at the Pentagon. "The Underground Railroad"
16 MAR 2016, Scott Britton. Executive Director of The Castle, Marietta, Ohio, "Civil War"
20 FEB 2016, Bill Reynolds. Campus Martius Museum historian. "Pioneer Clothing"
16 JAN 2016, Dennis Urban. “History of the W. P. Snyder, Jr.


11 Dec 2015, Annual potluck, Gardner residence.
21 Nov 2015, John Ogden, "Life and Times of Early Settler Earl Sproat"
17 Oct 2015, Ernest Thode, "Why Tim Thode, mass murderer is not my direct line ancestor."
19 Sep 2015, 12 noon, Gardner residence: Annual picnic
15 Aug 2015, 1 p.m. Jenni Salamon, Coordinator for the Ohio Digital Newspaper Progran at the Ohio History Connection
"Unearthing Your Roots with Ohio's Newspapers on Chronicling America"
18 Jul 2015, 1 p.m. Ernie Thode, Retired Local History & Genealogy Librarian, Washington County Public Library
"Why My Timm Thode of Gross-Kampen is not the Mass Murderer Timm Thode of Gross-Kampen"
20 Jun 2015, 1 p.m. Deb Root Shell, "Murder in Washington County: How I Researched a 105-Year-Old Murder Mystery"
16 May 2015 Annual First Families Luncheon, Scott Britton, Executive Director of the Castle, "The Early Ladies of Marietta", Marietta Township Community Center, Reno, OH  
18 Apr 2015, Marilyn Vadakin and DAR library volunteers, speaking about the local Daughters of the American Revolution library
21 Mar 2015, Kitchen Sink meeting, Bring a genealogy artifact to describe, document to display, problem to solve, or story to share.
February meeting cancelled - bad weather.
17 Jan 2015, Ernie Thode, "Washington County Court Records Online"


12 Dec 2014, 12 noon, Gardner residence, Annual potluck
15 Nov 2014, Jane Young, "The Women of Gettysburg"
20 Sep 2014, Tim Beardsley, "The Beardsley Family in America and in Washington County"
9 Aug 2014, Annual picnic, Gardner residence
July meeting cancelled.
17 May 2014, First Families of Washington County luncheon, Dan & Carolyn Grammer, "Discovering and Preserving the Contents of the Washington County Courthouse Attic"

12 Apr 2014, Chris Painter, "The Marietta Cemeteries Coming Alive Project"
15 Mar 2014, Dr. David Lowe, "One-Room Schools" (postponed due to bad weather)
18 Jan 2014, "Tell Us About Your Grandparents"
7 December 2013, Annual Potluck, Gardner residence
16 November 2013, Phill Crane, "Finding Fort Frye and Lt. Joseph Frye's Grave"


21 Sep 2013, "Kelly Clarkson and Her Ancestor Isaiah Rose of Marietta and Coal Run"
17 Aug 2013, Annual Picnic at Gardner residence.
20 July 2013, Attend talk by historian Lester Horwitz on the 150th anniversary of Morgan's Raid.  Some raiders were in Marietta.
22 June 2013, 8:30 to 4:00, Rev. Dr. David McDonald, CG; "Lutherpalians & Presbygationalists: Where Did Grandma's Church Go?"; "Research in the States of the Old Northwest Territory: It's a Good Thing Mother's Gone, or Should You Quit While You're Ahead?"; and "Church and Religious Records: More Than Just Hatchings, Matchings, & Dispatchings"
18 May 2013, First Families Banquet,  Reno Community Center.  Bill Reynolds, Rufus Putnam.
20 Apr 2013, Mark Morton of Gravestone Guardians, "Tombstone Restoration and Preservation"
16 Mar 2013, Jill MacRae," Johnny Appleseed and the Chapman Family of Washington and Noble County, OH"
16 Feb 2013, Shirley A. Harmon, "The Importance of Famiy Histories."  
19 Jan 2013, "Where Did Your Ancestor Live?"  Come prepared to talk about the places your ancestor lived - the houses, the communities, the states, the countries.


1 December 2012, annual Christmas party at Gardner residence
17 November 2012, Sue Miller Smith will speak on how a found tombstone which was placed in the Rake Cemetery by the Washington County OGS Chapter is connected to several breakthroughs in research.
20 October 2012, Early Newspapers.
15 Sep 2012,  Dr. Tom Singer of  New Orleans will be the guest speaker.  "Why Did Your Ancestors Immigrate to Ohio and How Did They Manage It?"
19 Aug 2012, picnic, 12 noon, at Gardner residence
18 July 2012, research trip to OGS Library in Bellville, OH.
16 Jun 2012, cancelled due to Ohio Chautauqua in Marietta the following week with John Chapman (Appleseed), Margaret Blennerhassett, Chief Logan, York, and Oliver Hazard Perry.
19 May 2012, 12 noon, pot luck honoring First Families of Washington County, at Gardner residence
1 Apr 2012, 1 pm, John Ogden of Woodsfield, OH.  "The Underground Railroad in Southeastern Ohio."
17 March 2012, "How the study of History goes Hand in Hand with Genealogy."
18 Feb 2012, Bring a research "brick wall" for other members to offer suggestions on your research problems.
21 Jan 2012, Come prepared to talk about your most interesting genealogy research trip.  (Cancelled due to ice storm.)


17 December 2011, 12 noon, annual Christmas party at Gardner residence
19 November 2011, Jack and Jill MacRae. "Our Genealogy Trip to Lancaster, PA, and Visit to Our Ancestral Historic Home, the Hans Herr House, Built in 1719."
15 October 2011, Jack Cottrell," A Research Trip to the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne in Search of My Lewis Ancestors."
17 September 2011, Ernie Thode, "The Release of the 1940 Census and What That Means for Genealogists."  
6 August 2011, annual picnic, pot luck.  
16 July 2011, Dianne (Wehrs) Vezza, author, "George Butler Turner, Civil War Casualty"
18 June 2011, Julie Schleier of Sistersville, WV, owner of A Book Clinic, "How to Preserve and Repair Your Books"
14 May 2011, 12 noon, annual First Families  of Washington County meeting, pot luck, at Gardner residence
Saturday, 30 April 2011, Roger Pickenpaugh, "Civil War Prisons of Ohio"
19 March 2011,  Donna Buchanan, "The history and people of Salem Township, Washington County, Ohio."
19 Feb 2011, BRING YOUR FAVORITE ANCESTOR and tell us about him or her.  Put some flesh on those bones!
15 Jan 2011, BRING YOUR FAVORITE ANCESTOR and tell us about him or her.  Put some flesh on those bones!

4 Dec 2010, 12 noon, Christmas party at Gardner residence
20 Nov 2010, Ernie Thode, "Civil War Era Newspapers in Southeast Ohio"
16 Oct 2010, Lynne Sturtevant, "Echoes from the Past" about local Marietta history
18 Sep 2010, a "golden oldie," video of a 1993 meeting with George Broughton about the Broughton family and the history of Broughton's  Dairy
21 Aug 2010, annual picnic, Gardner residence
17 Jul 2010, Harley Dakin, "The Cline Family"
19Jun 2010, Kim McGrew, "How the Streets of Marietta Were Named"
15 May 2010 First Families of Washington County, 12 noon, Jean Yost, "Forgotten Pioneer, Anselm Tupper"  
17 Apr 2010, at Coburn Reading Room, Legacy Library, Marietta College, Linda Showalter, Special Collections, a presentation about "MC Special Collections". Special Collections is in the basement.
10 Apr 2010, at Washington State Community College, Patriots and Pioneers Conference
7 Apr 2010, Marietta's birthday, Pioneer Day
20 Mar 2010, Todd Durm and Tony Durm, "Marietta's Old Burying Ground"
20 Feb 2010, 2 p.m., Show and Tell - Bring and Explain Some Artifact from Your Family's History (examples: a photo, a medal, a tradesman's tool, a journal or diary, a recipe, a keepsake)
16 Jan 2010, 1 p.m., Dan Benson on the Marietta Fire Department.  He is the author of "Alarm Log: MFD" about the history of firefighting and the firefighters of Marietta through the years.

25 Years of the Washington County Chapter 1983-2008

Washington, The Pioneer County of Ohio,
Illustrated Historical and Business Review of Washington County, Ohio for the year 1891, by L. G. Austin,
301 pages, reprinted, indexed,
available for $25.00 plus $4.00 for postage & handling, Ohio residents add $1.63 sales tax

Last Updated 09 JAN 2016