Library opening for fall

The Tuscarawas County Genealogical Society library, located at 307 Center St., Dennison, will be open the following days from 11:00 to 3:00 until Christmas.

Sat 26 Sep    Tue 29 Sep    Tue 6 Oct    Thur 8 Oct    Sat 10 Oct    Thur 15 Oct

Tue 20 Oct    Sat 24 Oct    Tue 3 Nov   Thur 12 Nov    Sat 14 Nov    Tue 17 Nov

Thur 19 Nov

Week of Thanksgiving Closed

Tue 1 Dec    Thur 10 Dec    Sat 12 Dec    Tue 15 Dec   Thur 17 Dec

Closed for Christmas beginning 18 Dec

Hours after Christmas will be announced at a later date.   Thank you.

Libary to open with limited hours & days

The Tuscarawas County Genealogical Society library, located at 307 Center St., Dennison, will have a soft opening on Aug. 4.  During August and September, the library will be open:

Tuesday, Aug. 4 and 18

Thursday, Aug. 13 and 20

Saturday, Aug. 8 and 22

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 15 and 29

Thursday, Sept. 10 and 17

Saturday, Sept. 12 and 26.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Facial coverings will be required in the building. Hand sanitizer will be available for the use of visitors. If you or a household member are feeling unwell, stay safe and stay home.

Library Closed until at least 6 Jul 2020

Because of the concerns over the coronavirus and the safety and well-being of our patrons & staff is our top priority, the Tuscarawas County Genealogical Library at Dennison will be closed until at least Jul 6th 2020 at which time a decision will be made on a date to reopen.  Thank you for your understanding.

Muehlheim Family Reunion – Save the Date – 2020 Reunion Has Been Canceled

This Event has been canceled for 2020.

The reunion is being rescheduled for 2021, date to be determined.

Please check back for new information as it is available. 

Muehlheim Family Reunion

Announcing the Muehlheim Family reunion which will be held in Waterford, Pennsylvania next summer.

Date: August 22, 2020, Noon to 4 pm

Place: Picnicana Park, 9260 Old French Rd, Waterford, PA (3 miles off I-90 in Erie County, Pennsylvania)

The park is equipped with pavilions, should the weather turn wet. All descendants of the Muhlheim/Muehlheim Families of Switzerland are invited to gather in Erie County Pennsylvania. We will have opportunities to introduce each family and share information. Please bring your family tree and photos from the past if possible. We are seeking any information about the Muehlheim families in Switzerland (our descendants lived in Somerdale, Ohio in the 1890’s) You may have questions of your own that we could help answer.

If you know you are unable to attend, we would be very grateful if you would forward your family tree information or any photos to us. We want to try to make a connection with other branches in our family tree.

The three Muehlheim Families that we want to connect are: Ernest Muehlheim married Anna Schwab, Gottfried Muehlheim married Bertha Henze, and John Muehlheim married Mary Whitmer. these 3 family branches are connected somehow, and probably in Schereun, Switzerland.

For more information, please contact Rita Stewart, 7300 Old Perry Highway, Erie, PA 16509, or email Or, Carol Buetikofer, 6717 Manchester Farms Road, Fairview, PA 16415, or email


LIBRARY CLOSED Until 5 May 2020

Because of the concerns over the coronavirus and the safety and well-being of our patrons & staff is our top priority, the Tuscarawas County Genealogical Library at Dennison will be closed until May 5th 2020 at which time a decision will be made on a date to reopen.

Riggle Research Day

We have set a research day for the Riggle family. Please mark your calendar — Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 3:30 pm! We will be meeting here at the society library, 307 Center St., Dennison.

We are meeting at the library after the  library is closed so that we will have the library to ourselves. Anyone researching the surname for that day can bring in their information for that surname to share and additional research can be done.

Photo copies are $.15 per copy, copies from the computer or ScanPro are $.25, and digital copies are $.05 per picture.

Please join us on April 11th if your are a Riggle descendent!

Please register by April 7, 2020 by emailing us at or calling during our normal business hours at 740.922.0531

New Classes Added to Our Calendar!

Tuscarawas County Genealogical Society is starting 2020 with new classes!

Come join us at our library at 307 Center St., Dennison, Ohio for Brenda Cook’s presentations on Beginning Genealogy and First Family Documentation!

The Beginning Genealogy class will be held just after the library closes for research on March 28, 2020 at 3:30 pm. Regular research hours are 11 am – 3 pm. So, come in early, tour the library and stay for our class!

Brenda will be teaching those who are just beginning their research the how’s, why’s, and what-to-do’s. And for those of you who have been researching for a bit, maybe it would be a good time to brush up on some of those skills that just aren’t quite where they should be.

And in April, Brenda will be teaching, “First Family Documentation Class.” This class will help those researchers who have ancestors in the Tuscarawas County by 1830. She will explain the finer details of what is needed on the application, how to find those details, and how to fill out the application for induction.

Surname Research Day 2020

In 2019, the Tuscarawas County Genealogical Society held 3 Surname Research Days at our library. Patterson, Wagner, and Murphy were the surnames that we researched. These were well attended and a lot of information, documents, and pictures were shared.

We want to do this again this year. We need to have at least 3 people interested in a surname before we schedule a research day. Right now, the surnames we have had requests for are Wise, DeLong, Stocker, Riggle, Eichel, Knauss, Frank, Bond, Kreig/Krieg, Kees, Maple, and Swinehart/Swinhart.

If you are interested in any of these surnames or have others that you are interested in, please let us know either by mail at Tuscarawas County Genealogical Society, PO Box 83, Dennison, Ohio 44621 or by email at

Once we have enough people to do a surname – we will set a date and time for that surname.


Smith Ambulance Tour

The Tuscarawas County Genealogical Society visited Smith Ambulance on 18 Sep 2019.  They were greeted by Bob Smith, the owner of Smith Ambulance and Smith Funeral Home.  He also is a collector of vintage ambulances and funeral memorabilia.  He gave a short talk on the history of ambulances and funeral homes and then gave the group an interesting and excellent tour of his facility.

Originally some funeral homes used the same vehicle as both a hearse and ambulance as they were the only vehicles that a person could be transported lying down.  The ambulance starts as a standard vehicle from an auto manufacturer which provides the engine, windshield, front seats and chassis.   This is then shipped to an ambulance manufacturer to complete.

His collection is varied and very interesting.  He has the New Phila Brush Truck used by their fire department from 1966 to 1996.  He also showed us his 1922 Dodge Brothers Fire Truck.  He was able to purchase from Jim Thorn in Cambridge a 1860 ambulance from the Civil War.  He has a bright red 1959 Superior Royal Cadillac Ambulance.  He purchased the last 2014 Ford Econoline ambulance built by Ford.  The 1896 horse-drawn hearse and a funeral carriage is still occasionally used for special occasions.

He then showed us several coffins that where designed with windows.

The Delaware Tribe Then and Now

The Historic Schoenbrunn Village will host on Thursday, June 27th at 6:30pm – The Delaware Tribe Then and Now.

You are invited to attend a presentation given by enrolled members of the Shawnee, Delaware, and Seneca-Cayuga (also historically known as the MIngo when living in Ohio/Pennsylvania) Tribes whose ancestors were all forcibly removed from Ohio to Oklahoma in the 19th Century. Come and learn about these communities lifestyle and culture as it existed in the 18th Century in Ohio as well as their existence in Oklahoma today. Don’t miss this chance to learn from and interact with the legitimate descendants of some of the Native Communities who once called Ohio home.”

This program is free and open to the public.