Columbus, Ohio

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City Hall
City Hall, 2nd floor
90 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Quick Facts

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  • Columbus was founded in 1812, made the Capital of Ohio in 1816, and named after Christopher Columbus.
  • After Ohio achieved statehood in 1803, political infighting among Ohio's more prominent leaders resulted in the state capital moving from Chillicothe to Zanesville and back again. The state legislature finally decided that a new capital city, located in the center of the state, was a necessary compromise. Several of Ohio's small towns and villages petitioned the legislature for the honor of becoming the state capital, but ultimately a coalition of land speculators, with Sullivant's support, made the most attractive offer to the Ohio General Assembly. Named in honor of Christopher Columbus, the capital city was founded on February 14, 1812, on the "High Banks opposite Franklinton at the Forks of the Scioto known as Wolf's Ridge."At the time, this area was a dense forestland, used only as a hunting ground.


Communities of the City
  • Arena District
  • Berwick
  • The Bottoms
  • Brewery District
  • Cherry Creek
  • Clintonville
  • Downtown
  • Driving Park
  • German Village
  • Harrison West
  • Hilltop
  • Italian Village
  • King-Lincoln District
  • Linden
  • Mount Vernon
  • Near East Side
  • Old Oaks Historic District
  • San Margherita
  • Short North
  • South End
  • Ohio State University Area
  • Olde Towne East
  • Olentangy
  • Victorian Village
  • Westgate


  • Amlin
  • Bexley
  • Brice
  • Blacklick
  • Canal Winchester
  • Delaware
  • Dublin
  • Gahanna
  • Grandview Heights
  • Grove City
  • Groveport
  • Harrisburg
  • Hilliard
  • Lewis Center
  • Lockbourne
  • Marble Cliff
  • Marysville
  • Minerva
  • New Albany
  • New Rome
  • Obetz
  • Pataskala
  • Pickerington
  • Powell
  • Reynoldsburg
  • Riverlea
  • Shawnee Hills
  • Urbancrest
  • Unionville Center
  • Upper Arlington
  • Valleyview
  • Westerville
  • Whitehall
  • Worthington


Archives and Libraries

  • Columbus Metropolitan Library Columbus Metropolitan Library has one of the leading genealogy collections in Ohio. Added to the library's collection are the genealogy collections of the State Library of Ohio, National Palatines To America, and the Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society.


Franklinton Cemetery

LDS Cemetery Records

  • Vol. 21
    • page 7 - Franklinton Cemetery, Columbus

Church History and Records

Court Records


Land and property


Military History and Records


Societies and Museums

  • Ohio History Connection
    Ohio Historical Center
    1982 Velma Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211-2497
    Telephone: 614-297-2510, Fax: 614-297-2546
    Internet: Ohio Genealogical Society
    Guides to collection [1] [2]

Vital records


Sources and References

  1. Lentz, Andrea D., ed. A Guide to Manuscripts at the Ohio Historical Society. Columbus, Ohio: The Ohio Historical Society, 1972. (Family History Library book 977.1 A3ohs.)
  2. Mettle, Suzanne Wolfe, et al., comps. Genealogical Researcher's Manual with Special References for Using the Ohio Historical Society Library. Columbus, Ohio: Franklin County Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society, 1981. (Family History Library book 977.1 D27g.)