Association of Professional Genealogist
Board for Certification of Genealogists

Cheryl with her 4th Great-grandfather's tombstone. Fredericksburg West Cemetery (Wayne County, Ohio; west town limit on Harrison Road in Section 24, Township 14, Range 13), Edward Martin marker; photograph by Larry Knox, 2006.


Cheryl Brown Abernathy has been a member and supporter of numerous national and regional genealogical societies including:
Board of Certification of Genealogists®
9 April 2014, no. 1043
Association of Professional Genealogists (APG)
APG Quarterly Article, June 2010
Great Lakes Chapter, APG
Charter Member
Vice President 2009 – 2013
Treasurer 2013 – 2017
National Genealogical Society
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
Wooster – Wayne Chapter
Ohio Genealogical Society (life member)
Trustee, representing the Coshocton District 2013-Present
Chapter Liaison – Go-between between OGS Chapters and OGS 2016-Present
Current Chair, Settlers and Builders of Ohio Lineage Society
First Families of Ohio Lineage Society
Civil War Families of Ohio Lineage Society
Settlers and Builders of Ohio Lineage Society
Century Families of Ohio Lineage Society
Holmes County Genealogical Society, Chapter OGS (life member)
Newsletter Editor 1998 – 2000
President 2012 – Present
Tuscarawas County Genealogical Society, Chapter OGS (life member)
First Families of Tuscarawas County
Wayne County Genealogical Society, Chapter OGS (life member)
President 1998 – 2000
Treasurer 2009 – present
Newsletter Editor 2009 – present
Outstanding OGS Chapter Newsletter 2012 & 2014 Frances Dana Gage Award
Wayne County Pioneers Lineage Society
Outstanding OGS Chapter Volunteer Award 2016
Wayne County Cemetery Preservation Society
Assisted in reading both Fredericksburg Cemeteries
Mt Eaton Village Cemetery
West Lawn Cemetery, Mt. Eaton
Maple Grove Cemetery, Marshallville


Coordinated the abstraction of information and edited
“Wayne County, Ohio Births, Deaths and Marriages 1856 – 1857”
for the Wayne County Genealogical Society


Columbus College of Art and Design
BFA in Retail Advertising
National Genealogical Society
Home Study Course
Course Six – Transcribing, Extracting and Abstracting Genealogical Records
Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University
Course Two, Intermediate Genealogy & Historical Studies – 2009
Course Four, Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis – 2011
Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) at La Roche College
Beneath the Home Page, Problem–Solving with Online Repositories – 2012
Advanced Land Research: Locating, Analyzing, Mapping – 2013
Determining Kinship Reliably with the GPS – 2014
Law School for Genealogists – 2015
Pennsylvania Research – 2016
From Confusion to Conclusion – 2017


Association of Professional Genealogist, Professional Management Conference
Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
1986, 2007, 2017
National Genealogical Society (NGS)
2003, 2012
Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS)
1992 – 2017
Pennsylvania Genealogy Conference

Other Workshops

North Hills (PA) Genealogists' Fall Workshop
2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015
Ohio Genealogical Society's Summer Workshop
Western Reserve Historical Society's Spring Seminar
2017 – Virginia Research with Barbara Vines Little

Indexing Projects

1940 US Census
Holmes County, Ohio Wills
Holmes County, Ohio Guardianships
Holmes County, Ohio Criminal Court