DENNISON — On Sunday afternoon, October 21, members of the Tuscarawas County Genealogical Society (TCGS) gathered at the TCGS Library & Archives in Dennison to observe 50 years since the inception of the group.

An open house was held, offering tours of the library and archives. Nearly 50 persons, including several of the officers and volunteers attended the open house event. Individuals were able to tour the archives library annex which is not open to the public. The special climate controlled archives currently houses about 1500 Tuscarawas County court dockets, and over 900 drawers of court files from the early years.

The Society began in Dover, later moving to New Philadelphia. In 1990, the Society acquired the building in Dennison.

Currently the library has over 7,000 books including geneaology, local history, and many local school yearbooks. There are 1,400 local family histories on file, and approximately 1,200 rolls of microfilm which includes local newspapers (including the Uhrichsville Chronicle that ceased publication several years ago). There are also maps, and land documents, extensive obituaries, wedding records, and rosters listing local residents that served in the Civil War and WW I. The library has three Scan Pro microfilm readers for patrons’ use.

As part of the 50 year celebration the Society will be holding special events throughout the next year. Among the special events the Society will offer presentations such as the Ohio-Erie canal, collecting war relics, Amish culture funerals, DNA 101, the War of 1812, pioneer superstitions, preserving and restoring old documents.

The TCGS has a new website, www.tuscogene.com and they also have a Facebook page, or can be reached by calling 740-922-0531. The TCGS library is located at 307 Center Street, Dennison, and is open on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.