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These repositories preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Ohio.


Ohio History Connection
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800 E. 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211
Telephone: 614-297-2510
Fax: 614-297-2546
E-mail: reference@ohiohistory.org
Internet: Ohio History Connection Archives/Library

The Archives Division of the State History Connection of Ohio serves as the state archives and primarily collects manuscript records of the state, including government, land, and military records. Also has biographies, genealogies, and vital records.[1]

Ohio Genealogical Society
611 State Route 97 West
Bellville OH 44813-8813
Telephone: (419) 886-1903
Fax: 419-886-0092
E-mail: ogs@ogs.org
Internet: Ohio Genealogical Society

They have the best collection of family folders in Ohio. They also have county record guides, biographies, genealogies and some unique indexes to various Ohio records.[1]

State Library of Ohio
274 East First Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201
Telephone: 614-644-7061
Fax: 614-644-7004
E-mail: refhelp@library.ohio.gov
Internet: State Library of Ohio

This collection contains good records of Ohio, and of states like Pennsylvania, New York, and the states of New England which all contributed early immigrants to Ohio.[1]
The State Library of Ohio's genealogy collection is now housed at the Columbus Metropolitan Library. SLO still has the State of Ohio Government Documents Collection which may have genealogical content.


Bowling Green State University Jerome Library
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Center for Archival Collections
Bowling Green, OH 43403-0001
Telephone: 419-372-2411
E-mail: archive@bgsu.edu
Internet: Center for Archival Collections
Internet: Historical Collections of the Great Lakes

Has manuscripts, the Historical Collection of the Great Lakes, Rare Books and Special Collections, and local records of nineteen counties in northwest Ohio.[2]

Dayton Metro Library
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Main Branch
215 E. Third Street
Dayton, OH 45402
Telephone: 937-463-BOOK
E-mail: E-mail reference question form
Internet: Dayton Metro Library

The Dayton Room  has one of Ohio's best genealogical collections including books, periodicals, indexes, genealogies, and biographies.[1]

Erie Lackawanna Historical Society Archives
Cleveland State University
1860 East 22nd St, Rhodes Tower, RM 321A
Cleveland Ohio 44115-2214
Telephone: 216-687-2449, or 216-687-2520
E-mail: l.duchez@csuohio.eduCleveland
Internet: Erie Lackawanna Historical Society

History of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, Erie Railroad, Erie Lackawanna Railway and related lines. No employee records.[3]

Ohio University Alden Library
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Ohio University, Archives and Special Collections
Athens, OH 45701-2978
Telephone: 740-593-2699
Fax: 740-593-2708
Internet: Archives and Special Collections
Internet: Alden Library

Their excellent manuscript collection includes church records, and business records. They also have county histories, biographies, and newspapers. It is like a second state archives.[1]

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
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800 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH, 45202
Telephone: 513-369-6900
E-mail: Ask a reference question form
Internet: Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

A top genealogy and local history collection of early Ohio sources. This includes the Inland Rivers Library  of the Ohio River and its tributaries (riverboat traffic between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Louisville, Kentucky) in Special Collections.[1]

Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County
305 Wick Ave.
Youngstown, OH 44503
Telephone: 330-744-8636
Reference Fax: 330-744-3355
E-mail: E-mail reference question form
Internet: Genealogy and Local History

They have a good solid genealogy collection with oral histories, state and county histories, biographies, and genealogies. Youngstown was a portal for immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England entering Ohio.[1]

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
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Spiegel Grove
Fremont, OH 43420-2796
Telephone: 800-998-7737, ext. 231
Fax: 419-332-4952
E-mail: bhill@rbhayes.org
Internet: Hayes Research Library

President Hayes' personal collection is strong on Ohio history, as well as Sandusky River and Great Lakes history, U.S. history and Black studies. The Hayes family history including many manuscripts are kept here.[1]

Toledo‑Lucas County Public Library

Main Library
325 Michigan Street
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Telephone: genealogy 419-259-5233, or general 419-259-5200
Email: Contact us e-mail form
Internet: Local History and Genealogy

This is the place to come if you are looking for early Ohio settlers who entered Ohio via the Great Lakes and Toledo. They have Great Lakes traffic records.[1]

University of Cincinnati Blegen Library
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Archives and Rare Books Library
P.O. Box 210113
2602 McMicken Circle
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0113
Telephone: 513-556-1959
Fax: 513-556-2113
E-mail: archives@ucmail.uc.edu
Internet: University of Cincinnati Archives Department

Cincinnati births and deaths 1865-1912, morgue records 1887-1930, German-Americana, urban studies, and the Ohio Network Collection.[4]

Western Reserve Historical Society
10825 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106-1788
Telephone: 216-721-5722 x1509
Fax: 216-721-0645
E-mail: reference@wrhs.org
Internet: Family History and Genealogical Research

The Western Reserve was a large part of Ohio at first intended for settlement by Connecticut Revolutionary War refugees. The Research Library at the Western Reserve Historical Society History Center  is the premier repository for Cleveland, Ohio and the Connecticut Western Reserve  history material. This important collection includes original land records, as well as many genealogies, biographies, histories, and Bibles from Pennsylvania and New England.[1] Includes over 20 million manuscripts for genealogical research and northeast Ohio history. They have the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of Shaker materials. Other important collections include the American Civil War, and the automotive industry.[5]

Wright State University Dunbar Library
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton, OH 45435-0001
Telephone: 937-775-2092
Fax: 937-775-4109
E-mail: archives@www.libraries.wright.edu
Internet: Genealogy

Books, maps, census records, and other research materials for the eleven counties including churches, labor unions, businesses, social and welfare agencies, women's organizations, papers of private individuals and public officials, photos, published and unpublished family histories.[6]

Ohio Network of American History Research Centers These six regional history centers collect Ohio records such as newspapers, printed materials, and local government records:

  • University of Akron Libraries
  • University of Cincinnati Libraries see above
  • Ohio History Connection see Ohio Historical Society  above
  • Western Reserve Historical Society see above
  • Wright State University Library see above
  • Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor
An inventory of each center's holdings is: Ohio Historical Society, Abstract of Ohio County Inventory, 1803-1977. Columbus, OH: OHS, 1977. At various repositories (WorldCat).

Ethnic and Religious

American Jewish Archives
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3101 Clifton Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45220
Telephone: 513-2211875
Fax 513-221-7812
Internet: Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives

Archdiocese of Cincinnati
212 East Eighth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Telephone: 513-621-2086
E-mail: Contact us
Internet: Archdiocese of Cincinnati Archive

Archives of Ohio United Methodists
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Ohio Wesleyan University Beeghly Library
43 Rowland Ave
Delaware, OH 43015
Telephone: 740-368-3285
E-mail: aoum@owu.edu
Internet: Archives of Ohio United Methodism

Irish American Archives Society
Collection at the Western Reserve Historical Society.
Internet: Irish American Archives Society.

Mennonite Historical Collections
Bluffton University Mussellman Library
280 W College Ave
Bluffton, OH 45817
Telephone: 419-358-3251
Internet: Mennonite Historical Collections

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
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50 East Freedom Way
Cincinnati OH 45202-3913
Telephone: 513-333-7654
E-mail: OH_freedomcenter@ldsmail.net.
Internet: Genealogy at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is more a museum (few original manuscripts) than an archives. However, it has a Family History Center for ordering microfilms, and Ancestry.com access on the Internet.[7]

Palatines to America German Genealogy Society Resource Center
PO Box 141260
Columbus, Ohio 43214
Telephone: 614-267-4700
E-mail: Contact us e-mail form
Internet: Palatines to America German Genealogy Society

They have an extensive collection of German immigrant ancestor files. Their book collection is at the Columbus Metropolitan Library.[8]

Shakers see the Western Reserve Historical Society  above.

Outside Ohio

National Archives Great Lakes Region (Chicago)
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7358 S. Pulaski Rd.
Chicago, IL 60629-5898
Phone: (773)948-9001
Fax: (773)948-9050
E-mail: chicago.archives@nara.gov
Internet: http://www.archives.gov/great-lakes/

Includes federal censuses 1790–1930; selected military service indexes, pension indexes, passenger lists, and naturalizations. Free computers for Ancestry, Heritage Quest, or Fold3. Federal agency, civil, and criminal court records of Ohio.[9]

Allen County Public Library
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900 Library Plaza
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Telephone: 260-421-1225
E-mail: genealogy@acpl.info

This is the second-largest genealogy collection in the United States[10] and the largest genealogy collection in a public library. Its holdings include more than 350,000 printed volumes and 513,000 items on microfilm and microfiche.[11] It has a premier genealogical periodical collection, local histories, genealogies, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, ethnic sources, and Canadians. They have a great Ohio collection.[12]

Newberry Library
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60 West Waltron Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Telephone: 312-255-3512
Email: reference@newberry.org.

A large Chicago repository with genealogies, local histories, censuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records many from Ohio, the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, and the British Isles.[13]

Ohio Online Records

Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.


Almost every county in Ohio has a branch of the OGS that actively collects, preserves, and publishes local records. There are many other societies in Ohio proactive in promoting research.

To find other repositories of Ohio records, see also:


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 89. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d.
  2. Center for Archival Collections in University Libraries (accessed 5 March 2015).
  3. Archives in Erie Lackawanna Historical Society, Inc. (accessed 5 March 2015).
  4. Archives and Rare Books Library in UC Libraries (accessed 5 March 2015).
  5. Significant Collections in Western Reserve Historical Society (accessed 27 February 2015).
  6. Genealogy in University Libraries (accessed 5 March 2015).
  7. Genealogy in National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (accessed 5 March 2015).
  8. Home in Palatines to America German Genealogy Society (accessed 5 March 2015).
  9. Genealogy in National Archives at Chicago (accessed 27 February 2014).
  10. Allen County Public Library in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 28 April 2010).
  11. Genealogy Center in Allen County Public Library (accessed 28 April 2010).
  12. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  13. Genealogy and Local History in The Newberry (accessed 27 February 2015).


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