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This article is about a mid-western state of the United States. For other uses, see Ohio (disambiguation).

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Did You Know?
*The detailed guide to Ohio genealogical records, County by County in Ohio Genealogy is now available free.
  • Did you know there are more people living in the United States with British ancestry than persons presently living in Britain who have British ancestry. Ohio has one of the highest concentrations of people with Welsh ancestry.
  • The Stark County Ohio District Library has an impressive Genealogy division. Online histories, newspaper indexes, index to pedigree files, and a number of obituary indexes are available. You can also email the library for specific genealogical questions.
  • All Ohio death certificates (1908 - 1953) are now available for free at FamilySearch Record Search; This includes the image and the data is indexed not only by the deceased, but also by the parents.
  • Ohio Blacksheep Ancestors has indexes of infamous Ohio ancestors.
  • The Ohio County Creation Dates and Parent Counties page lists the county, date formed and county formed from.
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Welcome to Ohio ~ The Buckeye State

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  • Ohio was named in honor of the great Ohio River, which Thomas Jefferson described as "the most beautiful river on earth". The name Ohio comes from the Iroquois Indian word for 'large or beautiful river'. Ohio served as the young America's gateway to the new frontier. The "Buckeye" State's history is rich with Indian Heritage, African American heroism, and industry. It serves as a hub for transportation.
  • The Harrison Land Act in 1800 which enabled common people to purchase land in the Northwest Territory, which they did rapidly helping Ohio to become the 17th state on March 1, 1803.
  • The Ohio State Capital changed many times, in 1803 it was Chillicothe, then in 1810 it was Zanesville. In 1816, the capital moved back again to Chillicothe. Finally, in 1816 it was Columbus that became the home to Ohio's State Capital.

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Biographies provide useful genealogical information such as an individual's date of birth and marriage; family members; occupation; education; military service information; family migration; social, political, and religious affiliation. The Ohio Surname Index lists more than 450,000 biographies for persons from Ohio. Read more...


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