Welcome to the Cumberland Trail Genealogical Society

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History & Goals

History of the Society

Cumberland Trail Genealogical Society was formed in January of 1995 by Rick Sowinski and Kim Conley. They thought having a society in the county seat was both practical and convenient. The St. Clairsville Public Library, because of its close proximity to the courthouse, provided a practical location for CTGS to base its efforts by supporting the library's genealogical research room. The central location of St. Clairsville within the county also offered a convenient meeting place for the society's members.

Society Goals & Priorities

Five goals and priorities were developed on which to base the society's efforts. These goals are as follows:

to continue to build and maintain a more complete genealogical library.

to promote interest in genealogy in the local area through workshops and individualized assistance.

to preserve old public records.

to aid those who need help finding information on their local families.

locate unutilized genealogical resources and make them easily accessible to the public.

Although it is not one of our goals, the newsletter carries a very high priority for the society.

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Thanks to our CTGS members, we are pleased to announce the publications and CD's.

CTGS member Larry McNear has prepared a CD of Cemetery Photographs to Accompany "Your Guide to the Cemeteries of Belmont County." The CD is easy to use and includes a color photograph of each of the cemeteries we researched for our book. When our members prepared a worksheet on a cemetery, they also took a photograph of it. Some of the cemeteries are in remote areas or on private property, and it is unlikely that viewers will ever visit them. The CD allows you to see what the cemetery looks like and its condition. Even if you do not own the book, you will enjoy viewing the photographs. Over 230 photographs - $6.00.

CTGS member C. Richard "Mike" Michael has compiled two books which he has generously donated to CTGS for us to sell.

Mike searched through available records of the Federal Census Mortality Schedules from 1850 through 1880. All years for all areas were not available, but what was available has been compiled into Southeastern Ohio Mortality Schedules. It covers eight counties: Belmont, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Monroe, Morgan, Noble and Washington. If your ancestor died in the twelve months preceding the taking of the census, you may be able to find him or her in this book. Information varies but may include not only Name, Sex, Age, Color and Marital Status, but also Place of Birth, Month in Which Death Occurred, Profession, Occupation or Trade, Disease or Cause of Death, and Parents' Birthplace! Mike even included a "Glossary of Old Disease Names" and county maps outlining township locations. 114 pages - $16.00.

Mike also compiled a valuable work titled Belmont County in World War I to honor over 4,200 Belmont County men and women who served in that war. It is an alphabetical compilation of veteran information including: Name, Serial Number, Race, Birth Place, Birth Date, Enlistment Location, Enlistment Division, Enlistment Date, and Assigns Comments. He has also included related "Letters and Articles," a "Wounded in Action" section and a "Died While in Service" section. 367 pages - $31.00.

Also remember that the Ebenezer Zane Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) is allowing CTGS to sell Revolutionary War Patriots, Volume 4. Several SAR members are also CTGS members and we value their contributions.


Publications continued

Frank Hodorowski has produced a wonderful CD about the cemeteries in Kirkwood Township. There are transcriptions and pictures. This CD can be searched using the Find tool in MS Word