ACCOGS Executive Committee

Ashland County Chapter Officers for 2024

Rebecca Plank, President

I have been serving with the ACCOGS for many years helping on various projects including publication inventory. I help at the Ohio Genealogical Society’s Annual Conference and serve as Secretary of the OGS Board. 

My genealogy journey began with my paternal grandmother, Olga Mae FRANKS STUMP (1895-1972) who shared stories and pictures and took me to cemeteries. One of the first family reveals was learning that my great grandparents were first cousins.

Once I retired, one of my first tasks was completing my Lineage Applications thru the Ohio Genealogical Society. This is an interesting way to learn more about your family history. ACCOGS has Lineage Societies, also.

Some of the surnames I research are: FRANKS, ACHEMIRE, STUMP, and CASLOW.

You can reach me at accogspresident@gmail.com for any questions about the Ashland County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society.

Linda Fulk, Treasurer

I am a native and current resident of Ashland County. I graduated from Mapleton High School and, after attending business school for two years, worked in accounting for local industries for 46 years until retirement

This is my sixth year as Treasurer and I have volunteered over six years in the Genealogical Library of the Ashland County Public Library. I am a member of the Ohio Genealogical Society and enjoy visiting their facility in Bellville, Ohio, to do research.

I have been doing genealogical research for over eleven years. Ashland County ancestors I am researching are: WARNES, ETZWILER, HORN, BOLEY, FULK, and FERGUSON.

My maternal grandmother died when I was 12 years old. I did not know much about that side of her family so it has been exciting uncovering several of those relatives.

My husband, Charles Fulk, is from Savannah, Ohio. We have been married for 46 years. Charlie and I enjoy sleuthing at cemeteries to find relatives.

Margaret Kerr, Recording Secretary

I am a retired teacher who was interested in researching my father’s family so began by joining the local chapter after I retired in 2010.  The names I have researched are CANFIELD, KERR, WESTERFIELD, and BRYAN.

Barb Hart, Corresponding Secretary

I served as the Ashland County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society Vice-President in 2010 and 2011 and President in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

I was born and raised in Ashland County, Ohio and am a 1955 graduate of Ashland High School where I was always more interested in history than other subjects.

I have been a proud factory worker for over 43 years. After an early retirement in 1996, I became interested in genealogy and was “addicted” quickly.

Now I faithfully record and write abstracts of the Ashland Times-Gazette newspaper obituaries daily and share them with the RB Hayes Library and Museum. Surnames I research are: HART, ROBERTS, SMITH, McCREADY, YEATER, and COFFMAN, for starters.

If you submit a research query to acogssec@gmail.com, I will be the one helping you.

Tom Neel, Senior Trustee

A New London, Huron County, Ohio native and resident, I began my genealogy venture in 1969 working on a Cub Scout project.

I enjoy the research part of genealogy and drafting any findings into a well-written story or timeline.

Ashland County surnames I am researching are: HUBLER, REED, RICHEY, TANNER, GROVE, PATTERSON, and NEEL.

I am the retired Director of the Ohio Genealogical Society (1984-2021) and have served in the Ashland Chapter OGS as: President (1985-1986, 1998-1999, 2015-2016), Vice President (1983-1984, 1994-1995), Recording Secretary (1989-1990), Corresponding Secretary (1987), Trustee (2013-2014, 2022-2023), and Pastfinder Editor (2003-2010).  

Marge Yetzer, Intermediate Trustee

I was born in Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio, to Leland Schuck and Dorothy Simmers, and raised on a farm near Jeromesville.  I attended graduate school to become a speech therapist.  My husband, now deceased, and I have two children and four grandchildren. 

I have served as Lineage Chairperson of the Chapter.

My sister, Virginia Schuck and I, wrote two ancestral books: Schuck and Simmers, and a book about Some One Room School House records.  All books are available at the Ohio Genealogical Society and ACCOGS libraries.

But the most important part of my life, is my relationship with Jesus Christ.  As an active member of St. Edward Parish, I am on the parish council, attend two Bible studies, and work with various ministries.

Barbara Renneker, Junior Trustee

I was born in Massillon, Stark County, Ohio.  After graduating from Ashland College, I was hired to teach at Taft Elementary School in Ashland and retired after teaching 35 years in that building.  During that time I met and married my husband Carl.

My dive into genealogy occurred in January 2017 after my mother received a phone call advising her that she might have mineral rights to a property in Belmont County, Ohio.  While she knew that she had ancestors living there, she knew little else. 

While my family has not become oil barons, I am still adding to the genealogical work my mother began in the 1980’s.  On this journey, I have met many wonderful people who have shared a multitude of fascinating stories. 

I have served as a Trustee of the Ashland County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society for the past 4 years. 

Terry Haun, Pastfinder Newsletter Editor

My journey into Genealogy started when I was 19. It was mainly a solo journey until a few years ago, when my daughter and I began doing genealogy Mother-Daughter trips.

After retirement, I joined the Ashland Chapter of OGS. These days, genealogy is foremost on my mind. I love the “thrill of the hunt”, finding the “clues” and making sense of them.

Becoming the Newsletter Editor of our Chapter was a surprise.  I started out offering to help type and became Editor in 2011. It has been quite an education in an area that I never thought I could accomplish.

My early Ohio ancestors were in Franklin, Fairfield, Perry, Holmes, Wayne and Coshocton Counties. My husband’s lines were Ashland, Holmes, and Wayne Counties.  I was able to have my husband inducted in the Ashland Century Families Lineage Society for three of his ancestors and was able to induct five of my own ancestors into Allen County, Indiana Pioneers.

I am researching surnames: ALSPACH, BROWN, BUTLER, CRIDER, CRIST, DeVORE, EMRICK, FEIGHNER, FOGWELL, GARLITZ, GOOD, KYSER, NETTLETON, NICODEMUS, and REAM for my line.  For my husband’s line, I am researching ADAMS, BROWN, DITCH, DOYLE, FINLEY, HAUN, KNEE, MARTIN, MUNDORF, McCORMICK, McCULLOCH, MYERS, PEIGHT, and SCOTT.

Ginny Feiber, Librarian

I am an Ashland County native and resident. I began doing genealogy in 2012 when I saw an advertisement in the Ashland Times Gazette about a genealogy meeting for beginners at the Ashland Public Library. Some Ashland County surnames I am researching are: WARNES, FEIBER, and McCONNELL. I enjoy researching, “It’s like putting together a puzzle.”

I served as a trustee for Ashland Chapter OGS from 2016-2018. In 2017 I volunteered to help in the genealogy library and am now librarian.

I graduated from Mapleton High School and Wooster Business School. I worked for 49 years in accounting for two Ashland area businesses.

Librarian Ginny Fieber

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Charlotte Elson, Vice President.