A Brief History of the

Delaware County Genealogical Society

157 E William St., P.O. Box 1126

Delaware, OH 43015-81126



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 1990ís, 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