Local History & Genealogy

A vision becomes reality.

It’s not often that what you dream keeps its shape when the dream takes physical form. The real world plays havoc with your visions, and what you get at the end, while it may be satisfying, usually looks quite a bit different.


I am pleased to say that our first edition of Tapestries of Tuscarawas County, a book of living memories, has taken shape and finally come to fruition. The best part? I couldn’t have dreamed it any better.

ttcThe stories in the book are from Tuscarawas County locals, sharing memories of childhood, adulthood, and old age. Those of us who live here will recognize descriptions of Tuscora Park, the county fair, and the homey, small-town feel of most of the stories. There are descriptions of growing up in town versus growing up in the country, people who made a difference in someone’s life, and sometimes even crazy surprises that can shock and amaze. “Only in T County,” I was tempted to say a few times.


What impresses me most about this book written by my neighbors is that so many of the stories dig down deep to the heart of what it means to me to live in Tuscarawas County, and I am a person whose love for my hometown came late. I was raised here, and as soon as I could, I fled. I lived all around Ohio, Arizona, and California, but eventually something brought me back home. And a bit of what drew me back like a magnet can be read in between the lines of this book. We all have our struggles and our bad days we long to escape, but home is something that grows up around you when you’re not looking. It steadies you, calms you, and gives you courage. It can be hard to search for and hard to define, but you know it when you’re there. That’s what reading this book does for me. It tells me I’m home.


Look for copies to be available this fall at Dover Public Library – for only $8 you can share the experience of the place that you call home through the eyes of others who feel the same way. Join us at the book reception, Saturday November 5 at 6:00 p.m. to get your copy before they are gone!


– Claire Kandle

Local History Librarian

New resource for genealogists

I would like to draw your attention to a new donation that I recently processed that has some great information for people searching for their ancestors. The collection is titled “Archinal Papers,” and it is available for viewing in The Roots Cellar, currently open Thursdays from 9-5.

People who are members of St. John’s German Evangelical Church will possibly find photos of their parents and grandparents in the church registers that were donated with the collection. Anyone researching the names Archinal, Scarr, Thomas, Kirschner, Olinger, and Umberger will find a wealth of research notes and family trees, some which have been published in family histories, also located with the collection materials.

You can view the finding aid for this collection (including a folder list) here: ArchinalPapersFindingAid

Or visit the Local History & Genealogy collections page of our website: http://www.doverlibrary.org/local-history-genealogy/local-history-collections/

Stop in on Thursdays to view this most recent addition to our growing collection!


Happy Hunting,

-Claire Kandle, Local History & Genealogy Librarian

$200 Contest deadline fast approaching…

To all of my fellow Tuscarawas County residents :

This is the final week Dover Public Library will be accepting entries for our soon-to-be-published living history book! If you would like to see your story in print and want a chance at the $200 prize, stop in to the library and pick up your entry form at the front desk. Or you can download and print it here: Tapestries of Tuscarawas County

Either way, make sure your entry is returned to Dover Public Library by May 1 for consideration! (Since May 1 happens to be a Sunday, we will accept any sealed envelopes placed in our outside drop box before the library opens at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 2. We will also accept any mail postdated before May 1.)

If you find it difficult to begin, you can review the prompts on the submission form for story ideas. If you find you are still having trouble, read on for clarification of some issues I have addressed throughout the contest:

  1. This is NOT a history paper. Please don’t send a report detailing the Gnadenhutten Massacre or the building of the Ohio Erie Canal – we’ve heard those stories already! We want to hear a story that is personal to you. Maybe tell us about the first time you went to see Trumpet in the Land performed, or how you remember catching and eating fish from the Tuscarawas River when you were a kid.
  2. You can incorporate a favorite family story, joke, or legend even if the teller is no longer living. If you think your grandmother had a great story about life in Tuscarawas County but she is no longer around to tell it, you can submit that as your story, as long as you give credit where credit is due.
  3. Please don’t submit genealogies. While we are always happy to accept any complied histories of local families for our genealogy collection, this is not what we are asking for in this particular case.

That’s it! Simple, right? And if you contribute, not only will you have a chance to win a $200 or $50 cash prize, but you will be contributing to the historical record, something your great-great-grandchildren will be able to appreciate!


For any further questions, please contact Claire Kandle at (330)343-6123 or email localhistory@doverlibrary.org 


– Claire Kandle, Local History & Genealogy Librarian

New Genealogy databases are here!

I want to thank everyone who used the genealogy databases during our free trial and gave us feedback. Out of the four sites we tried, two were clear winners, and I am happy to announce that we will provide access to these great resources for the next year! So without further ado, let me tell you a little bit about our new research gems and how you can use them.


#1: Fold3 is a military database created by Ancestry.com. A subscription to Ancestry alone will give you access to some military records, but compared to Fold3, it’s a drop in the bucket. Fold3 has 60,000 pages of unique resources that contain 440 million records dating from the American Revolution to present conflicts. Here are just a few record collection examples that are unique to Fold3 : WWII diaries (2 million + records), Revolutionary War Service Records (2 million +), and War of 1812 Pension Files (1 million +). If you want to browse a list of all titles that are unique to Fold3 that the library can now provide access to, you can find it here. The site also has awesome personalizing and collaborative properties. You can create a personal user account (FOR FREE) to build memorial pages to your own veteran ancestors or living relatives, you can annotate images found in the database and leave comments on others’ memorial pages, and you can share it all via Facebook, Twitter, email, and even link to your Ancestry tree if you have one. So of course, we always have to add the caveat, if anyone can add anything to the pages, be careful about trusting the information if it stands alone. It’s about as reliable as Wikipedia (which can be a good source of information – it just depends). ALWAYS corroborate results with other sources whenever possible. There are many ways to search and browse, and Fold3 offers really helpful tips if you find yourself overwhelmed by the information. I plan to spend some time searching for my relatives here, so be on the lookout for a Fold3 intro class before our next genealogy lock-in this summer!




#2: NewspaperARCHIVE is my favorite new database. I spend quite a bit of time fielding obituary requests, and NewspaperARCHIVE has made my life so much easier! My success does depend on the number of issues digitized; not every day of every year for the Dover Daily Reporter can be found here. I can see at a glance if the date I am looking for will appear by using the “browse by location” feature. I can tell you within a few clicks that the database has only 2 issues for 1917: March 21, and April 6. The intuitiveness and efficiency of the filters is really what makes this database great. You can narrow at the front end of your search, or do a very general name search and narrow afterwards. Both options are quick and easy; I can usually find out whether or not I will have to go to the microfilm (a much slower searching experience, as some of you know!) within 30 seconds. And when I find what I’m looking for, I can easily create a PDF of the whole page, or zoom in on the article I want and clip the section to print.

Want to try it for yourself? Here is how you can access the databases:

There are two places you can find the databases on our website. First, if you click on “Research” from the menu bar across the top of our homepage, you will be sent to a list of all research databases provided by the library. You can also hover over “Local History & Genealogy” (it’s just to the right of “Research” in the menu bar) and select “Collections & Resources”, then scroll down to “Research Databases”. If you are here at the library, all you need to do is click on the image and you will be redirected to the site. If you are at home (oh yeah, you can browse these databases in your jammies!) you will be promted to sign in with your library barcode and pin. If you don’t know your pin, call the library at (330)343-6123 and we can help you.

Need more help?

I can meet with you one-on-one if you would like to set up an appointment, or you can stop in the Roots Cellar on Thursdays from 9-5 and explore the resources on our brand new research computer, courtesy of The Reeves Foundation!


Happy hunting,

-Claire Kandle, Local History & Genealogy Librarian

Genealogy Lock-in and Pizza Party 5-8 p.m. on Saturday. Be there!


There is still time to register for the genealogy lock-in on Saturday! Visit Dover Public Library after hours to discover our new genealogy and local history materials, including new databases that will allow you to search for obituaries and military records from the comfort of your own home. We are offering free copying and printing, and of course…




Free Pizza!


So bring a friend, your research questions, and your appetite and come see what Dover Public Library has to offer the historians and genealogists of Tuscarawas County!

Don’t miss our free trial of history and genealogy resources!

From December 7 – February 1, Dover Public Library will have access to four major databases for history and genealogy research:


Fold3™ Library Edition
Fold3™ Library Edition by Ancestry provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos and documents of the men and women who served. It contains millions of records from world-class archives, many of which are exclusively available on Fold3. Fold3 is invaluable for historians, genealogists, researchers, military enthusiasts, veterans and their families, teachers and battle reenactors. The Fold3 name comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans.
Heritage Quest Online
Digitized from the popular UMI; Genealogy and Local History collection on microfiche, this online database is an essential collection of unique material for both genealogical hobbyists and professionals.
NewspaperARCHIVE is the world’s best resource for historical and genealogical information. Our unique archive spans more than 400 years of family history, small-town events, world news and more.
Newspapers.com – World Collection
Newspapers.com Library Edition offers full page newspaper images with searchable full-text for millions of pages of newspapers. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to both full runs and portions of runs for thousands of newspapers.




Try them out, and tell us what you think! Are any of these worth keeping? Let us know your thoughts in the post comments. Happy hunting!


– Claire Kandle, Local History & Genealogy Librarian