Celebrating our 24 th year 1984/85 – 2009
The following information was reported in the November 1984 Delaware Genealogist: In September 1984, Maxine Marshall, the OGS representative, gathered together a group of people interested in genealogy at a meeting at the Delaware County District Library. It was decided to form a new genealogy club.
The following officers were named:
Maxson Greene President
Alice Baker Vice President
Ann Houser Treasurer
Betty Wells Recording Secretary
Eleanor Worley Corresponding Secretary
George and Marilyn Cryder and Betty Wells were on a committee to draw up a constitution that was then approved at the October meeting. Members of the Delaware County Historical Society offered their facility at 157 E. William St. in Delaware, and it was agreed that future meetings would be held there.
The purpose of the society is to encourage individual research, support the objectives of the Ohio Genealogical Society, collect and preserve genealogical & historical records, and to publish such records if advisable. Membership is open to anyone who has an interest in genealogy, and annual dues were set at $5 single or $7 joint membership.
May 18, 1985, the Ohio Genealogical Society granted a charter to Delaware County as a chapter of the OGS. The plaque is currently displayed at the DCHS/DCGS Research Library. In addition to the officers previously named, our first trustees, Laury Helton, Judith Freed, and W. Harold Nutt signed the charter.
There were 83 charter members:
Alice Baker Denise Blain
Vivian E Boerger Roy & May Bossert
Margaret Bouic Annamae Boyd
Jane Brundige Helen Burns
Mary Carr Norma Coleman
Wm/Catherine.Cross Geo/Marilyn Cryder
Mary Ann Cummins Cynthia Diehl
Mary Eagon Clara Edelblute
James Fathbruckner Rex B Finley
Nancy Foster Helen Foster
James/Judi Freed Leo H Garman
Joyce Geissler Nancy Gilliam
James H Gordon Maxson Greene
Levi J Hall Diana Hamm
Laury Helton Minnie Helton
Thelma Hiers Glorean Nutt Higgins
Shirley Hooker Ann Houser
Louise Howison Marjorie Humes
Jeannie Kessler Charlotte Kuhns
Harold/Helen Lowry Roger A Lowry
Maxine Marshall Mildred McNeal
Helen McMillan Virginia Mitchell
Mary M Montgomery David C Morris
Larry Newhouse Harold/Annabel Nutt
Din Paxton Thelma B Powell
Melanie Pratt Betty Reams
Dorothy Robinson Stacy Rogers
Gloria Schultz Eloise Shively
Dorman Stein Paul/Margaret Stimmel
Ellen Sulser Cuba Vance
Barbara Veley Doris Glade Vogel
B Weldon Betty Wells
Agnes B Welsh Lawrence/Dee Wenger
Margaret Wickham Ruth Wilson
Eleanor Worley Judith Wrinkle
Julia Yoder Bonita Young
The original newsletter staff was:
Alice Baker Editor
Eleanor Worley Queries
Betty Wells Courthouse
Jim Fathbruckner Programs
George Cryder Labels
Jim Freed Surname Index
The Board assembled the newsletters.
As an offshoot of the Delaware County Genealogical Society, the Delaware County Pioneers (DCP) began in 1988 to recognize the early residents of Delaware County. Descendants must prove their lineage back to an ancestor residing here before December 31, 1850 to become a Silver Member, or to an ancestor who resided here before December 31, 1830 to become a Gold Member. The first annual DCP recognition banquet was held in October 1988 at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. There are now over 300 Pioneers.
Jana Freed, daughter of James & Judi Freed, designed a pin to be presented to each incoming Pioneer along with their certificate.
Through the years, our volunteers have abstracted various courthouse records to make them available to researchers at the DCHS/DCGS Research Library.
In the 1990’s, they walked the cemeteries of Delaware County to record inscriptions on markers, and published township books of those cemetery readings.
We have created note cards & postcards and published a cookbook, Recipes & Remembrances of Family and Friends. In 2008, we published an outhouse calendar, the Old Delaware book of photos, and a deck of Delaware County souvenir playing cards. All have been very well received and are available for purchase.
We have routinely purchased census films and other research materials for the use of visitors to the library. Our volunteers staff the library & have helped researchers from throughout the United States. We support the Delaware County Historical Society in various ways.
We hold program meetings monthly, September through June of each year. These informative meetings are open to the public and are usually held on the first Tuesday evening of the month.
Our volunteers are presently working on indexing & making available the Delaware County Common Pleas records. We have an ongoing project of the same nature with the Delaware County Probate records. Volunteering and memberships are always encouraged.
President: Paul Clay
Vice President: Gwen Hiles
Financial Secretary – June Feuillerat
Recording Secretary: Karen Gay
Corresponding Secretary: Millie Barnhart
Trustees: June Feuillerat (10)
Susan Ratcliffe & Judi Hill (11)
Don Crothers & Judy Dolfinger (09)
Librarian: Larry Dulin
Newsletter Editor: Connie Minor
Indexer: June Feuillerat
Photography: Larry Minor
Delaware County Pioneers Chair: Crystal Kohler