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    This database indexes the names of Summit County servicemen and servicewomen who were named in the Akron Beacon Journal during World War II. Some non-military names are also included. This database is currently updated through June 30, 1943. World War II Database
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Discovering Your Civil War Ancestors

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The Special Collections Division of the Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Summit County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society presented Discovering Your Civil War Ancestors, featuring local researcher and reenactor John P. Gurnish and Certified Genealogist Amy Johnson Crow, on Saturday, August 11, 2012 in the Main Library auditorium.

Akron native John P. Gurnish taught social studies in Akron Public Schools for 35 years and has had an interest in the Civil War for more than 40.  He has collected Civil War artifacts since 1966, and his displays at the Ohio Civil War Collectors Show have won many awards.  Currently a member of the Co. G, 29th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, John has been a Civil War re-enactor since 1976, has participated in many national re-enactments, and has worked as an extra in two films.  He is also a member of both the Stark County and the Cuyahoga Valley Civil War Roundtables, the author of several articles, and a frequent presenter at area historical organizations.  In addition to his presentation, John had a display of his local Civil War artifacts.

Amy Johnson Crow, MLIS, CG, is a researcher, editor, webmaster, and database developer.  She serves as a website and database consultant for several libraries and societies and recently joined Archives.com as a Genealogical Content Manager.  Amy earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree at Kent State University, where she concentrated on digital libraries and digital preservation.



Program schedule:

9:30 – 9:45        Introductions

9:45 – 10:45      Summit County in the Civil War, John Gurnish

10:45 – 11:00    Break

11:00 – 12:00    Researching Ohio Civil War Ancestors, Amy Johnson Crow

12:00 – 1:00      Lunch on your own

1:00 – 2:00        For Benefit of the Soldier: Civil War Fraternal Organizations, Amy Johnson Crow

2:00 – 2:15        Break

2:15 – 3:15        Researching Your Civil War Ancestors Online, Amy Johnson Crow

3:15 – 3:30         Break

3:30 – 4:30        State and Local Records for Civil War Research, Amy Johnson Crow


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