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Most archives, historical societies, and genealogical societies have special collections of previous research and indexes of genealogical value. To begin the search of an ancestor in these collections, you may wish to begin with available published indexes, both on a national level as well as a local level. Many genealogy databases are on line through various websites.
- FamilySearch™ Internet Genealogy Service - Trees contains lineages organized into family groups and pedigrees with an every-name index. This was created from a database formerly known as Ancestral File.
- The Newberry Library of Chicago, Illinois has a collection of thousands of genealogies published before 1917 and includes an index available at the library. Coverage is best for New England with secondary coverage for Midwestern and Mid-Atlantic states. Index is also found at the Family History Library FHL film 928135–928137; book 973 D22n volumes 1-4
- The Family History Library has an extensive collection of almost 50,000 published U.S. family histories and newsletters. Copies at the library are listed in the Last names Search of the FamilySearch Catalog.
- Major collections of printed family histories are also found at most of the archives and libraries listed in United States Archives and Libraries. Most large libraries have indexes and catalogs to published family histories. For a list of the indexes and catalogs available at the Family History Library see the Family History section of United States Genealogy in the Wiki.
- National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC). "The National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections, established in 1959, is a cooperative cataloging program in which repositories from all over the United States open to the public report their holdings of manuscript collections to the Library of Congress. Staff members of the Manuscripts Section of the Library's Special Materials Cataloging Division prepare catalog entries for these reports, which are published annually in book form by the Library of Congress"--Index to personal names in the National Union Catalog of manuscript collections, 1959-1984, p. vii. An index is available at the Family History Library FHL book 016.091 N21 1959 to 1984
- Ancestry.com ($) Public and Private member trees.
- World Connect includes hundreds of thousands of ancestors in pedigrees and family trees with an easy to use index.
- Periodical Source Index (PERSI). There are more than 126,000 surnames included in the PERSI database which is available on the Internet at HeritageQuestOnline.com as well as at Ancestry.com. Both are subscription websites, but often available at local libraries.
- Baldwin, Henry R. The Henry R. Baldwin Genealogical Records. 67 Volumes. (Fort Wayne, Indiana: Allen County Public Library, 1983.) FHL fiche 6051349, book 977.1 D2bh It includes church, military, cemetery, court, and family data from eastern Ohio during 1867 to 1913.
- Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, comp. Index to the Henry R. Baldwin Genealogical Records. (Fort Wayne, Indiana: Allen County Public Library, 1983.) FHL fiche 6051339, book 977.1 D2bh An every name index.
- Ohio Genealogical Society, First Families of Ohio. (Bowling Green, Ohio: Center for Archival Collections, 1992, 1994.) FHL film 1912772 (first of 81) Members of the Ohio Genealogical Society are submitting compiled family information in order to join First Families of Ohio. The collection consists of many types of vital information, including birth certificates, marriage records, and tombstone inscriptions.
- Ohio Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, Our Ancestor's Families. (N.p: The Society, 1988.) FHL book 977.1 D2o.) The volume contains over 1,000 pages of indexed ancestor charts.
- To access other genealogical records of Ohio use the Place-names Search of the The FamilySearch Catalog for:
- OHIO - GENEALOGY
- OHIO, [COUNTY] - GENEALOGY.
- Hehir, Donald M. Ohio Families: A Bibliography of Books about Ohio Families. (Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1993.) FHL Book 977.1 D23hd. Hehir scoured the collections of several libraries with major genealogy collections to produce.
- Lineage societies, such as the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Colonial Dames, General Society of Colonial Wars, the Sons of the American Revolution, and many others, require members to prove they are descended from certain people, such as colonists or soldiers. The applications for membership in these societies are preserved, and many are on microfilm at the Family History Library. The Register of U. S. Lineage Societies (mentioned in the "Societies") has addresses, lists of microfilmed records, and publications. See Ohio Societies for more information on the role Societies play with genealogical information.
- Daughters of the American Revolution (Ohio). Genealogical Collection. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1970. FHL film 862012 (first of 76).) It is arranged by county. Many volumes have individual indexes. This collection consists of transcripts of Bible, cemetery, church, marriage, death, obituary, and probate records.
- Women's Department, Cleveland Centennial Commission, comp. Genealogical Data Relating to Women in the Western Reserve Before 1840 (1850). (Columbus, Ohio: Ohio Historical Society, 1973.) film 1009031-32, fiche 6087501 This is a collection of information about pioneer women who lived in the Western Reserve prior to 1850.
Writing and Sharing Your Family History
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- It helps you see gaps in your own research and raises opportunities to find new information.
- It helps other researchers progress in researching ancestors you share in common.
- It draws other researchers to you who already have information about your family that you do not yet possess.
- It draws together researchers with common interests, sparking collaboration opportunities. For instance, researchers in various localities might choose to do lookups for each other in remote repositories. Your readers may also share photos of your ancestors that you have never seen before.
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