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{{OH-sidebar}}{{TOC left}}<br>These repositories preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Ohio.
  
Archives and libraries often have [[Ohio Maps|maps]], gazetteers, and other place-finding aids. They frequently have collections of previous research, such as family and local histories and [[Ohio Biography|biographies]]. Many have record-finding aids, such as guides to their own collections or inventories of records housed elsewhere in the state.
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== Wiki Articles on Major Repositories for Ohio ==
  
== Archives ==
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[[Allen County Public Library]] (Ft. Wayne, IN){{·}} American Jewish Archives{{·}} Archdiocese of Cincinnati{{·}} Archives of Ohio United Methodists{{·}}Bowling Green State University Jerome Library{{·}} [[Dayton Metro Library]]{{·}} Erie Lackawanna Historical Society Archives{{·}} Mennonite Historical Collections{{·}} [[National Archives at Chicago]] (Chicago, IL){{·}} [[National Underground Railroad Freedom Center]]{{·}} [[Newberry Library]] (Chicago, IL){{·}} Ohio Department of Health{{·}} [[Ohio Genealogical Society]]{{·}} [[Ohio History Connection]]{{·}} [[Ohio University Alden Library]]{{·}} Palatines to America German Genealogy Society Resource Center{{·}} [[Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County]]{{·}} [[Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County]]{{·}} [[Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center]]{{·}} [[State Library of Ohio]]{{·}} [[Toledo‑Lucas County Public Library]]{{·}} University of Cincinnati Blegen Library{{·}} [[Western Reserve Historical Society]]{{·}} Wright State University Dunbar Library
  
The following organizations have major collections or services for genealogical researchers:  
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== Online Records of Ohio ==
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'''[[National Archives Great Lakes Region (Chicago)]]'''<br>7358 S. Pulaski Rd.<br>Chicago, IL 60629-5898<br>Phone: (773)948-9001<br>Fax: (773)948-9050<br>E-mail: [mailto:chicago.archives@nara.gov chicago.archives@nara.gov]<br>Internet: [http://www.archives.gov/great-lakes/ http://www.archives.gov/great-lakes/] <br>
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== Statewide Repositories ==
  
'''National Archives—Central Plains Region (Kansas City)'''<br>400 West Pershing Road<br>Kansas City, MO 64108<br>Telephone: 816-268-8000<br>Internet: http://www.archives.gov/central-plains/
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=== Ohio Department of Health  ===
  
=== Special Collections - Archives  ===
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Offfice of Vital Statistics<br>225 Neilston Street<br>Columbus, Ohio 43215<br>Telephone: 614-466-2531<br>E-mail: [mailto:VitalStat@odh.ohio.gov VitalStat@odh.ohio.gov]<br>Internet: [https://www.odh.ohio.gov/vitalstatistics/vitalmisc/vitalstats.aspx How to Apply]
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:The '''''Office of Vital Statistics''''' preserves Ohio '''births''' since 1908, and '''deaths''' since 1964.<ref name="Which">[https://www.odh.ohio.gov/vitalstatistics/vitalmisc/whichrecs.aspx Which Vital Records Do We Have?] in ''Ohio Department of Health'' (accessed 10 May 2017).</ref> They do not have '''marriage''' or '''divorce''' records.<ref name="Marr">[https://www.odh.ohio.gov/vitalstatistics/vitalmisc/mrgdiv.aspx Marriage and Divorce Information] in ''Ohio Department of Health'' (accessed 10 May 2017).</ref>
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:Earlier 1867-1908 uncertified birth records, and 1867-1963 uncertified death records are available on plain paper from the '''[[Ohio History Connection]]''' (Ohio's archives), or at the city or county vital statistics office where the event occurred. A few counties have earlier records.<ref name="Which"/>
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:'''Indexes.''' The Office of Vital Statistics maintains a limited online [https://www.ohiohistory.org/learn/archives-library/death-records Death Certificate Index 1908-1963].<ref name="Which"/> They also have a marriage index since 1950, and divorce index since 1954.<ref name="Marr"/> For other Ohio vital record indexes '''''see also''''' the '''[[Ohio Vital Records]]''' Wiki article.
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:'''How to obtain Birth and Death record copies'''. There are several ways to obtain copies of Ohio '''birth''' and '''death''' records:<ref>[https://www.odh.ohio.gov/vitalstatistics/vitalmisc/vitalstats.aspx Easy Ways to Obtain a Birth or Death Record] in ''Ohio Department of Health'' (accessed 10 May 2017).</ref>
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::* From a '''local Vital Statistics Office''' in a city or county where the event occurred. This is often faster; fees and hours vary. Sealed adoption records are only available in Columbus.
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::* '''Walk-in''' at the downtown Columbus office for same-day service before 4:30 pm (except adoptions).
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::* '''Order online''' using their '''[https://odhgateway.odh.ohio.gov/OrderBirthCertificates/ online order form]'''. Please allow three weeks for processing (adoptions usually take longer).
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::* '''By mail''' following all their '''[https://www.odh.ohio.gov/-/media/ODH/ASSETS/Files/vs/general/HEA2709-Records-Request-Instructions-10-2015.pdf?la=en Records Request Instructions]''' (pdf). Please allow at least three weeks for processing.
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::* For an additional fee you can order online official Ohio '''death''' records since 1964 from a private company '''[https://www.vitalchek.com/vital-records/ohio/ohio-vital-records VitalChek Ohio]'''. They provide a faster turn-around time.
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:'''How to obtain Marriage license copies''' since the formation of the county contact the local [http://probate.franklincountyohio.gov/about/related-links.cfm county probate court]; for '''divorce decrees''' contact the local [http://www.occaohio.com/contact_info county clerk of courts].<ref name="Marr"/> Local fees and hours vary.<br><br>
  
*'''American Jewish Archives'''<br>[http://www.americanjewisharchives.org/ The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives]<br>3101 Clifton Ave. | Cincinnati, OH 45220<br>Telephone 513.221.1875 | Fax 513.221.7812
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===[[Ohio Genealogical Society]]===
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611 State Route 97 West <br> Bellville OH 44813-8813 <br>Telephone: (419) 886-1903<br>Fax: 419-886-0092 <br>E-mail: [mailto:ogs@ogs.org ogs@ogs.org] <br>Internet: [http://www.ogs.org/ Ohio Genealogical Society]
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: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.<ref name="DB89" /><br><br>
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[[Image:Ohio History Connection.jpg|thumb|right|280px|Ohio History Connection in Columbus]]
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=== [[Ohio History Connection]]  ===
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800 E. 17th Avenue<br>Columbus, OH 43211<br>Telephone: 614-297-2510 <br>Fax: 614-297-2546 <br>E-mail: [mailto:reference@ohiohistory.org reference@ohiohistory.org] <br>Internet: [http://www.ohiohistory.org/learn/archives-library Ohio History Connection Archives/Library]<br>Internet: [http://www.ohiomemory.org/ Ohio Memory]: a collaborative project of the Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio
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:The [http://www.ohiohistory.org/learn/archives-library 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 early vital records (births 1867-1908; marriages since each county's formation; deaths 1867-1964).<ref name="DB89">William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, ''America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers'' (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 89. {{WorldCat|39493985|item|disp=At various repositories (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|728550|item|disp=FHL Book 973 J54d}}.</ref> A few cities and counties have even earlier vital records.
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:*Andrea D. Lentz, and Sara S. Fuller, eds., ''A Guide to Manuscripts at the Ohio Historical Society'' (Columbus, Ohio: Ohio Historical Society, 1972). [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE920631 Digital version] {{WorldCat|692738|item|disp=At various repositories (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|263912|item|disp=FHL Film 1320571 Item 3; Book 977.1 A3ohs}}.
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:*Suzanne Wolfe Mettle, 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). {{WorldCat|7415184|item|disp=At various repositories (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|21855|item|disp=FHL Book 977.1 D27g}}.<br><br>
  
*'''Archdiocese of Cincinnati'''<br>[http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=3&Itemid=23 Archdiocese of Cincinnati Archive]<br>212 East Eighth Street | Cincinnati, OH 45202<br>Telephone: (513) 621-2086
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===[[State Library of Ohio]]===
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274 East First Avenue <br> Columbus, OH 43201<br>Telephone: 614-644-7061 <br>Fax: 614-644-7004<br>E-mail: [mailto:refhelp@library.ohio.gov refhelp@library.ohio.gov] <br>Internet: [http://www.library.ohio.gov/ State Library of Ohio]<br>Internet: [http://www.ohiomemory.org/ Ohio Memory]: a collaborative project of the Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio
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: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.<ref name="DB89" />
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:The State Library of Ohio's genealogy collection is now housed at the [http://www.columbuslibrary.org/genealogy Columbus Metropolitan Library]. SLO still has the State of Ohio Government Documents Collection which may have genealogical content.
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:*Petta Khouw, and Ohio State Library, ''County by County in Ohio Genealogy'' (Columbus, Ohio: The State Library, 1978). [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE112721 Digital version]. {{WorldCat|866062194|item|disp=At various repositories (WorldCat}}; {{FHL|39646|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6046719; Book 977.1 D23o}}<br><br>
  
*'''Archives of Ohio United Methodists'''<br>[http://lis.owu.edu/spuma.htm Archives]<br>Ohio Wesleyan University<br>''Beeghly Library''<br>43 Rowland Ave. | Delaware, OH 43015<br>Telephone: 740-368-3285
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== Regional Repositories ==
  
*'''Erie Lackawanna Historical Society'''[http://www.erielackhs.org/ Erie Lackawanna Historical Society]<br>History about the Delaware, Lackawanna &amp; Western Railroad, Erie Railroad, Erie Lackawanna Railway and related lines.
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===OH Network of Amer Hist Res Centers===
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'''Ohio Network of American History Research Centers'''
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These regional history centers collect Ohio records such as newspapers, printed materials, and local government records:
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:*'''[[Ohio_Archives_and_Libraries#Ohio_History_Connection|Ohio History Connection]]''' see above
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:*'''University of Akron Libraries'''
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:*'''[[Ohio Archives and Libraries#University of Cincinnati Blegen Library|University of Cincinnati Libraries]]''' see below
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:*'''[[Ohio Archives and Libraries#Western_Reserve_Historical_Society|Western Reserve Historical Society]]''' see below
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:*'''[[Ohio_Archives_and_Libraries#Wright_State_University_Dunbar_Library|Wright State University Library]]''' see below
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:*'''Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor'''
  
*'''National Underground Railroad Freedom Center'''<br>[http://dmc.ohiolink.edu/cgi/i/image/image-idx?page=index;c=nurfc OhioLINK History &amp; Archives Collections]
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::An inventory of each center's holdings is: Ohio Historical Society, ''Abstract of Ohio County Inventory, 1803-1977''. Columbus, OH: OHS, 1977. {{WorldCat|36093656|item|disp=At various repositories (WorldCat)}}.<br><br>
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[[Image:Jerome Library.jpg|thumb|right|280px|Bowling Green State University Jerome Library]]
=== College and University Libraries - Archives  ===
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===Bowling Green State Univ Jerome Libr===
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'''Bowling Green State University Jerome Library'''<br>Center for Archival Collections <br>Bowling Green, OH 43403-0001 <br>Telephone: 419-372-2411 <br>E-mail: [mailto:archive@bgsu.edu archive@bgsu.edu] <br>Internet: [http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/cac/ Center for Archival Collections]<br>Internet: [http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/cac/page39984.html Historical Collections of the Great Lakes]
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:Has manuscripts, the ''Historical Collection of the Great Lakes'', '''Rare Books and Special Collections''', and local records of nineteen counties in northwest Ohio.<ref>[http://www.bgsu.edu/library/cac.html Center for Archival Collections] in ''University Libraries'' (accessed 5 March 2015).</ref><br><br>
  
*'''Antioch University''' <br>[http://antiochcollege.org/kettering_library/ ''Olive Kettering Library'']<br>795 Livermore Street | Yellow Springs, OH 45387<br>Telephone: (937) 769 1000<br>Internet: [http://antiochcollege.org/antiochiana/ Antiochiana Department of Archives and Special Collections], the historical homepage of Antioch
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===[[Dayton Metro Library]]===
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[[Image:Dayton Main Library.jpg|thumb|right|280px|Dayton Metro Library Main Branch]]Main Branch<br>215 E. Third Street<br>Dayton, OH 45402<br>Telephone: 937-463-BOOK<br>E-mail: [http://www.daytonmetrolibrary.org/research/reference?view=form E-mail reference question form]<br>Internet: [http://www.daytonmetrolibrary.org/ Dayton Metro Library]
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:The ''Dayton Room&nbsp;'' has one of Ohio's best genealogical collections including books, periodicals, indexes, genealogies, and biographies.<ref name="DB89" /><br><br>
  
*'''Ashland University''' <br>[http://www.ashland.edu/library ''Ashland University Library'']<br>401 College Ave | Ashland, OH 44805<br>Telephone(419) 289-4142<br>Internet: [http://www.ashland.edu/students/library/find/databases Ashland University&nbsp;Databases]
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===Erie Lackawanna Hist Soc Archives===
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'''Erie Lackawanna Historical Society Archives'''<br>Cleveland State University<br>1860 East 22nd St, Rhodes Tower, RM 321A<br>Cleveland Ohio 44115-2214<br>Telephone: 216-687-2449, or 216-687-2520<br>E-mail: [mailto:l.duchez@csuohio.eduCleveland l.duchez@csuohio.eduCleveland]<br>Internet: [http://www.erielackhs.org/index.php/archives Erie Lackawanna Historical Society]
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:History of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, Erie Railroad, Erie Lackawanna Railway and related lines. No employee records.<ref>[http://www.erielackhs.org/index.php/archives Archives] in ''Erie Lackawanna Historical Society, Inc.'' (accessed 5 March 2015).</ref><br><br>
  
*'''Bluffton University''' <br>[http://www.bluffton.edu/library/ ''Mussellman Library'']<br>280 W College Ave | Bluffton, OH 45817 <br>Telephone (419) 358-3251 <br>Internet: [http://www.bluffton.edu/library/coll/asc/ Bluffton University Archives and Special Collections]<br>[http://www.bluffton.edu/library/coll/mhc/ Mennonite Historical Collections]
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===[[Ohio University Alden Library]]===
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[[Image:OU Alden Library.JPG|thumb|right|280px|Ohio University Alden Library in Athens]]Ohio University, Archives and Special Collections<br> Athens, OH 45701-2978 <br>Telephone: 740-593-2699<br>Fax: 740-593-2708 <br>Internet: [http://www.library.ohiou.edu/archives/index.html Archives and Special Collections] <br> Internet: [http://www.library.ohiou.edu/ Alden Library]
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: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.<ref name="DB89" /><br><br>
  
*'''Bowling Green State University'''<br>[http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/ ''Jerome Libary''] <br>Bowling Green, OH 43403 <br>Telephone 419-372-2361; (toll free at 866-LIB-BGSU). <br>Internet: [http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/cac/ Center for Archival Collections]<br>[http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/cac/page39984.html Historical Collections of the Great Lakes]
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===Pub Libr of Cincinnati {{amp}} Hamilton Co===
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'''[[Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County]]'''[[Image:Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.jpg|thumb|right|280px|Public Libr of Cincinnati {{amp}} Hamilton County]]<br>800 Vine Street<br>Cincinnati, OH, 45202 <br>Telephone: 513-369-6900 <br>E-mail: [http://www.cincinnatilibrary.org/contact.aspx?to=166 Ask a reference question form]<br>Internet: [http://www.cincinnatilibrary.org/ Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County]
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:A top genealogy and local history collection of early Ohio sources. This includes the ''[http://www.cincinnatilibrary.org/main/inlandrivers.html Inland Rivers Library]&nbsp;'' of the Ohio River and its tributaries (riverboat traffic between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Louisville, Kentucky) in Special Collections.<ref name="DB89" /><br><br>
  
*'''Case Western Reserve University''' <br>[http://library.case.edu/ksl/index.aspx ''Kelvin Smith Library'']<br>11055 Euclid Avenue | Cleveland, OH 44106-7151<br>Telephone: 216-368-3506 <br>Internet: [http://library.case.edu/ksl/collections/special/index.html Special Collections]<br>[http://library.case.edu/ksl/collections/archives/index.html University Archives] <br>
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===Pub Libr of Youngstown {{amp}} Mahoning Co===
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'''[[Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County]]'''<br>305 Wick Ave.<br>Youngstown, OH 44503 <br>Telephone: 330-744-8636 <br>Reference Fax: 330-744-3355 <br>E-mail: [http://www.libraryvisit.org/emailalibrarian.cfm E-mail reference question form]<br>Internet: [http://www.libraryvisit.org/genealogy.aspx Genealogy and Local History]  
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: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.<ref name="DB89" /><br><br>
  
*'''Cedarville University''' <br>[http://www.cedarville.edu/academics/library/ ''Centennial Library'']<br>1251 N Main St | Cedarville, OH 45314<br>Telephone: (937) 766-4758 <br>Internet: [http://library.case.edu/ksl/collections/special/index.html Special Collections]<br>[http://www.cedarville.edu/academics/library/about/archives/archives.cfm University Archives] <br>
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===[[Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center]]===
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[[Image:Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Center.jpg|thumb|right|280px|R B Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont]]Spiegel Grove<br>Fremont, OH 43420-2796<br>Telephone: 800-998-7737, ext. 231 <br>Fax: 419-332-4952<br>E-mail: [mailto:bhill@rbhayes.org bhill@rbhayes.org]<br>Internet: [http://www.rbhayes.org/hayes/library/ Hayes Research Library]<br>Internet: [http://www.rbhayes.org/main/about-obituaries/ Ohio Obituary Index] of over 3 million obituaries, death, and marriage notices, and other Ohio sources from the 1810s to the present.
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: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.<ref name="DB89" /><br><br>
  
*'''Central State University''' <br>[http://www.centralstate.edu/services/site_index.html ''Central State University'']<br>P.O. Box 1004 | 1400 Brush Row Rd. | Wilberforce, OH 45384<br>Telephone: 800-388-2781 • (937) 376-6011
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===[[Toledo‑Lucas County Public Library]]===
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[[Image:ToledoMainLibrary.jpg|thumb|right|280px|Toledo-Lucas County Public Library]]
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Main Library<br>325 Michigan Street<br>Toledo, Ohio 43604 <br>Telephone: genealogy 419-259-5233, or general 419-259-5200<br>Email: [http://web2.toledolibrary.org/contact-us Contact us e-mail form]<br>Internet: [http://web2.toledolibrary.org/research/popular-topics/local-history-and-genealogy.aspx Local History and Genealogy]
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: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.<ref name="DB89" /><br><br>
  
*'''Denison University''' <br>[http://www.denison.edu/library/ ''William Howard Doane Library'']<br>400 West Loop | Granville, OH 43023<br>Telephone: 740.587.6235 Fax: 740.587.6285 <br>Internet: [http://www.denison.edu/library/collections/archives.html Denison University Archives]<br>[http://www.denison.edu/library/collections/special_collections.html Special Collections] <br>
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===University of Cincinnati Blegen Library===
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[[Image:Blegen Library.jpg|thumb|right|280px|University of Cincinnati Blegen Library]]Archives and Rare Books Library <br>P.O. Box 210113<br>2602 McMicken Circle<br>Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0113<br>Telephone: 513-556-1959 <br>Fax: 513-556-2113<br>E-mail: [mailto:archives@ucmail.uc.edu archives@ucmail.uc.edu ] <br>Internet: [http://www.libraries.uc.edu/libraries/arb/index.html University of Cincinnati Archives Department]
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:Cincinnati births and deaths 1865-1912, morgue records 1887-1930, German-Americana, urban studies, and the Ohio Network Collection.<ref>[http://guides.libraries.uc.edu/content.php?pid=363638 Archives and Rare Books Library] in ''UC Libraries'' (accessed 5 March 2015).</ref><br><br>
  
*'''John Carroll University'''<br>[http://lib.jcu.edu/page/10000 ''Grasselli Library &amp; Breen Learning Cente''r]<br>20700 North Park Blvd | University Heights OH 44118 <br>Telephone: 216.397.4233<br>Internet: [http://library.jcu.edu/ftlist Special Collections]<br>[http://library.jcu.edu/search/a?a University Archives] <br>
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===[[Western Reserve Historical Society]]===
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[[File:Connecticut Western Reserve in northeast Ohio.png|border|right|286px]]10825 East Boulevard <br>Cleveland, OH 44106-1788 <br>Telephone: 216-721-5722 x1509 <br>Fax: 216-721-0645 <br>E-mail: [mailto:reference@wrhs.org reference@wrhs.org] <br>Internet: [http://www.wrhs.org/research/library/genealogy/ Family History and Genealogical Research]
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: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&nbsp;'' is the premier repository for Cleveland, Ohio and the ''Connecticut Western Reserve&nbsp;'' history material. This important collection includes original land records, as well as many genealogies, biographies, histories, and Bibles from New York, Pennsylvania, and New England.<ref name="DB89" /> 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.<ref>[http://www.wrhs.org/research/library/significant-collections/ Significant Collections] in ''Western Reserve Historical Society'' (accessed 27 February 2015).</ref>
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:*Kermit J. Pike, ''A Guide to the Manuscripts and Archives of the Western Reserve Historical Society'' (Cleveland, Ohio: Western Reserve Historical Society, 1972). {{WorldCat|483574|item|disp=At various repositories (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|94342|item|disp=FHL Book 977.1 A3p}}.<br>
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:*Western Reserve Historical Society. History Library. ''Card Catalog to the Manuscripts Collection in the Library of the Western Reserve Historical Society'' (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974). {{WorldCat|865891564|item|disp=At various repositories (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|210248|item|disp=FHL Films 934566-69; 934617-18}}.<br><br>
  
*'''Kent State University'''<br>[http://www.library.kent.edu/page/10000 ''Kent State Libraries and Media Services'']<br>Kent State University | Kent, OH 44242 <br>Telephone: 330-672-3000<br>Internet: [http://www.library.kent.edu/page/10300 Archives and Special Collections] <br>
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===Wright State University Dunbar Library===
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Special Collections and Archives<br>3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy<br>Dayton, OH 45435-0001<br>Telephone: 937-775-2092<br>Fax: 937-775-4109 <br>E-mail: [mailto:archives@www.libraries.wright.edu archives@www.libraries.wright.edu]<br>Internet: [http://www.libraries.wright.edu/special/genealogy/ Genealogy]
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: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.<ref>[http://libraries.wright.edu/special/genealogy/ Genealogy] in ''University Libraries'' (accessed 5 March 2015).</ref><br><br>
  
*'''Miami University'''<br>[http://www.lib.muohio.edu/ ''Miami University Libraries'']<br>501 East High Street | Oxford, OH 45056 | <br>Telephone: 513.529.1809<br>Internet: [http://archives.lib.muohio.edu/ Miami University Archives]<br>[http://spec.lib.muohio.edu/ Walter Havighurst Special Collections] <br>
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== Ethnic and Religious Repositories ==
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[[Image:Marcus Center.jpg|thumb|right|350px|Amererican Jewish Archives Marcus Center in Cincinnati]]
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===American Jewish Archives===
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101 Clifton Ave<br>Cincinnati, OH 45220<br>Telephone: 513-2211875<br>Fax 513-221-7812<br>E-mail: [mailto:http://www.americanjewisharchives.org/collections/ask/ Ask an Archivist] form<br>Internet: [http://www.americanjewisharchives.org/ Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives]
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:1,000 family genealogy files. Jewish communities and immigration records during the Colonial Period, early Jewish communities in the Caribbean Islands, along with congregational records from early Jewish settlement to modern times.<ref>[http://www.americanjewisharchives.org/collections/genealogy.php Genealogy Guide] in ''Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives'' (accessed 9 May 2017).</ref><br><br>
  
*'''Oberline College'''<br>[http://www.oberlin.edu/library ''Oberlin College Library'']<br>148 West College Street | Oberlin, OH 44074-1545<br>Telephone: 440-775-8285 | fax 440-775-6586<br>Internet: [http://www.oberlin.edu/archive/resources/architecture/group3.html Oberlin College Archives]
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===Archdiocese of Cincinnati===
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212 East Eighth Street<br>Cincinnati, OH 45202<br>Telephone: 513-621-2086 <br>E-mail: [http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/about-us-2/contact-us/ Contact us]<br>Internet: [http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=3&Itemid=23 Archdiocese of Cincinnati Archive]
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:On-site research by appointment only. Accepts genealogical requests by mail or their [http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/archives-office/genealogy/genealogical-online-requests/ online form]. Fee required. The Archives has microfiche copies of baptism, marriage, and death registers of every open and closed parish in the Archdiocese, but '''not''' for parishes outside the current Archdiocese boundaries. Records after 1930 are restricted. Telephone and e-mail requests are not accepted.<ref>[http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/archives-office/genealogy/ Genealogy Requests] in ''Archdiocese of Cincinnati'' (accesed 9 May 2017).</ref><br><br>[[Image:Beeghly Library.jpg|thumb|right|280px|Methodist Archives at Ohio Wesleyan University Beeghly Library in Delaware, Ohio]]
  
*'''Ohio University<br>'''''Archives and Special Collections''<br>[http://www.ohio.edu/athens/bldgs/alden.html ''Alden Library''] <br>Athens, OH 45701-2978 <br>Telephone: (740) 593-2710, Fax: (740) 593-2708 <br>Internet: [http://www.library.ohiou.edu/archives/index.html Archives and Special Collections]
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===Archives of Ohio United Methodists===
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Ohio Wesleyan University Beeghly Library<br>43 Rowland Ave<br>Delaware, OH 43015<br>Telephone: 740-368-3285<br>E-mail: [mailto:aoum@owu.edu aoum@owu.edu]<br>Internet: [http://lis.owu.edu/spuma.htm Archives of Ohio United Methodism]
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:History of United Methodism in general and in Ohio, manuscripts and conference proceedings, Methodist publications, local church history files, records of closed and abandoned churches, Dead Ministers file, newspapers, journals, periodicals,  personal papers and diaries. The Archives offers research services into church history, clergy members, and genealogy.<ref>[http://library.owu.edu/archives-methodism Archives of Ohio United Methodism] in ''Ohio Wesleyan University Libraries'' (accessed 9 May 2017).</ref><br><br>
  
*'''Ohio University Chillicothe'''<br>[http://www.chillicothe.ohiou.edu/pages/library/info/index.htm ''Ohio University Chillicothe Library'']<br>101 University Drive | Chillicothe, OH 45601<br>Telephone: 740-774-7200
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===Irish American Archives Society===
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Collection at the [[Ohio_Archives_and_Libraries#Western_Reserve_Historical_Society|'''''Western Reserve Historical Society''''']] above.<br>Internet: [http://www.irisharchives.org/about.asp Irish American Archives Society].<br><br>
  
*'''Ohio University Wesleyan'''<br>[http://lis.owu.edu/ ''OH University Wesleyan Libraries'']<br>61 S. Sandusky St. | Delaware, OH, 43015 <br>Telephone: (740) 368-2000
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===Mennonite Historical Collections===
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Bluffton University Mussellman Library <br>280 W College Ave <br>Bluffton, OH 45817 <br>Telephone: 419-358-3251 <br>E-mail: [mailto:phillipsc@bluffton.edu phillipsc@bluffton.edu]<br>Internet: [http://libguides.bluffton.edu/mhc Mennonite Historical Collections]
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:Their collections include  3,000 volumes of family histories. They also have periodicals about Mennonite and related groups, resources for genealogy research, secondary sources on Mennonite history and life, and historic materials from the village of Bluffton and of surrounding communities.<ref>[http://libguides.bluffton.edu/asc/mhc Archives & Special Collections: Mennonite Historical Collections] in ''Mussellman Library'' (accessed 9 May 2017).</ref><br><br>
  
*'''Otterbein College'''<br>''[http://www.otterbein.edu/resources/library/library.htm Courtright Memorial Library]''<br>138 West Main Street | Westerville, OH 43081 <br>Telephone: (614) 823-1215
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===Nat'l Underground Railroad Freedom Cntr===
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'''[[National Underground Railroad Freedom Center]]'''[[Image:National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.jpg|thumb|right|350px|Nat'l Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati]] <br>50 East Freedom Way<br>Cincinnati OH 45202-3913<br>Telephone: 513-333-7654<br>E-mail: [mailto:OH_freedomcenter@ldsmail.net OH_freedomcenter@ldsmail.net].<br>Internet: [http://www.freedomcenter.org/genealogy Genealogy at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center]
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:The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is more a museum (few original manuscripts) than an archives. However, it has a [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Center]] for ordering microfilms, and Ancestry.com access on the Internet.<ref>[http://www.freedomcenter.org/genealogy Genealogy] in ''National Underground Railroad Freedom Center'' (accessed 5 March 2015).</ref><br><br>
  
*'''The Ohio State University'''<br>[http://library.osu.edu/sites/speccoll/ ''University Libraries Archives and Special Collections'']<br>Columbus, OH
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===Palatines to America German Gen Center===
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'''Palatines to America German Genealogy Society Resource Center'''<br>PO Box 141260<br>Columbus, Ohio 43214<br>Telephone: 614-267-4700<br>E-mail: [https://www.palam.org/contactpalam.php Contact us e-mail form]<br>Internet: [https://www.palam.org/ Palatines to America German Genealogy Society]
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:They have an extensive collection of German immigrant ancestor files. Their book collection is at the '''''Columbus Metropolitan Library'''''.<ref>[https://www.palam.org/ Home] in ''Palatines to America German Genealogy Society'' (accessed 5 March 2015).</ref><br><br>
  
*'''University of Akron'''<br>[http://www.uakron.edu/libraries/ ''University of Akron Libraries'']<br>302 Buchtel Common | Akron, OH 44325 <br>Telephone: 330-972-7111
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===Shakers===
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See the [[Ohio_Archives_and_Libraries#Western_Reserve_Historical_Society|'''''Western Reserve Historical Society''''']] above.<br>[[Image:Allen County Public Library.jpg|thumb|right|165px|Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana]]<br>
  
*'''University of Cincinnati<br>'''Archives Department <br>''[http://www.libraries.uc.edu/libraries/classics/ Blegen Library]''<br>PO Box 201113 | Cincinnati, OH 45221-0113<br>Telephone: 513-556-1959, Fax: 513-556-2113<br>Internet: [http://www.libraries.uc.edu/libraries/arb/index.html University of Cincinnati Archives Department]
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== Outside of Ohio Repositories ==
  
*'''University of Dayton'''<br>Archives and Special Collections<br>[http://library.udayton.edu/basics/archives/ ''Roesch Library Archives and Special Collections'']<br>300 College Park | Dayton, OH 45469-1501 <br>Telephone: Phone: 937-229-1000<br>Internet: [http://campus.udayton.edu/mary/library.html Marian Library]
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===[[Allen County Public Library|Allen County Public Library]]===
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900 Library Plaza <br> Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802 <br> Telephone: 260-421-1225 <br> E-mail: [mailto:genealogy@acpl.info genealogy@acpl.info]<br>Internet: [http://www.genealogycenter.org/ Genealogy Center ACPL]
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:This is the second-largest genealogy collection in the United States<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_County_Public_Library Allen County Public Library] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' (accessed 28 April 2010).</ref> 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.<ref name="ACPLGC">[http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/genealogy/ Genealogy Center] in ''Allen County Public Library'' (accessed 28 April 2010).</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.genealogycenter.org/docs/default-source/resources/aboutusbrochure.pdf?sfvrsn=2 Genealogy Center Collections] in ''Genealogy Center'' (accessed 27 February 2015).</ref><br><br>
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[[Image:NARA Chicago.jpg|thumb|right|280px|National Archives at Chicago, Illinois]]
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===[[National Archives at Chicago]]===
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7358 S. Pulaski Rd.<br>Chicago, IL 60629-5898<br>Phone: (773)948-9001<br>Fax: (773)948-9050<br>E-mail: [mailto:chicago.archives@nara.gov chicago.archives@nara.gov]<br>Internet: [http://www.archives.gov/chicago/ http://www.archives.gov/chicago/]
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: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 Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, '''Ohio''', and Wisconsin.<ref>[http://www.archives.gov/chicago/archives/genealogy.html Genealogy] in ''National Archives at Chicago'' (accessed 27 February 2014).</ref><br><br>
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[[Image:Newberry Library.jpg|thumb|right|280px|Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois]]
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===[[Newberry Library]]===
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60 West Waltron Street<br> Chicago, IL 60610<br> Telephone: 312-255-3512<br> Email: [mailto:genealogy@newberry.org reference@newberry.org.]
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: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.<ref>[http://www.newberry.org/genealogy-and-local-history Genealogy and Local History] in ''The Newberry'' (accessed 27 February 2015).</ref><br><br>
  
*'''University of Toledo'''<br>[http://www.utoledo.edu/library/ ''The University of Toledo Libraries'']<br>2801 W. Bancroft | Toledo, OH 43606-3390 <br>Telephone: 800-586-533
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== Family History Centers ==
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Some of the above collections are partially duplicated at the [[Family History Library]] and its branch '''[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Centers]]''' around the world. Most centers can help you by:
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*Giving you limited, personal, one-on-one research suggestions (but they do not do research for you)[[Image:Lima_Ohio_FHC.png|thumb|right|280px|<center>Lima Ohio Family History Center</center>]]
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*Providing access to genealogical records either through the premium online Internet '''[[Family History Center Portal|FHC Portal]]''' for free, or a [[Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche|microfilm loan program]]
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*Offering free how-to classes (varies by location)
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*Fostering contact between genealogical enthusiasts
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There are several [[:Category:Ohio Family History Centers|centers located in Ohio]], ''for example:''
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::[[Lima Ohio Family History Center]]<br>1195 Brower Rd<br>Lima OH 45801-2303 USA<br>Telephone: 1-419-227-2537
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:::Each center is staffed by volunteers and has varying hours and services. Telephone in advance to verify their hours.
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To locate one of these 4,500 centers in your own neighborhood, see [http://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator Find a Family History Center].<br><br>
  
*'''Wilberforce University'''<br>''[http://www.wilberforce.edu/student_life/library.html Wilberforce University Library]'' <br>1055 North Bickett Rd. | Wilberforce, OH 45384-1001<br>Telephone:(937) 376-2911
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== Guides  ==
  
*'''Wright State University'''<br>Special Collections and Archives<br>[http://www.libraries.wright.edu/ ''Paul Laurence Dunbar Library''] <br>Dayton, OH 45435-0001 <br>Telephone: 937-775-2092, Fax: 937-775-4109 <br>Internet: [http://www.libraries.wright.edu/special/ Wright State University Special Collections and Archives]
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*David R. Larson, ed., ''Guide to Manuscript Collections and Institutional Records in Ohio,'' ((S.l.)&nbsp;: Society of Ohio Archivists, 1974). {{WorldCat|3208019|item|disp=At various repositories (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|264947|item|disp=FHL Book 977.1 A34s}}.
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*Paul D. Yon, ''Guide to Ohio County and Municipal Records for Urban Research.'' (Columbus, Ohio&nbsp;: Ohio Historical Society, 1973). {{WorldCat|682615|item|disp=At various repositories (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|10658|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6051197; Book 977.1 A3}}.  
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*Ohio Association of Historical Societies and Museums, ''Directory of Museums, Historical Societies, and Associated Organizations in Ohio'' (Granville, Ohio&nbsp;: Ohio Association of Historical Societies and Museums, 1981). {{WorldCat|865810149|item|disp=At various repositories (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|139236|item|disp=FHL Book 977.1 C4}}.
  
== Libraries  ==
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Almost every county in Ohio has a branch of the Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) that actively collects, preserves, and publishes local records. There are many other [[Ohio Societies|societies]] in Ohio proactive in promoting research.
  
*'''Cleveland Public Library'''<br>325 Superior Ave. NE, Cleveland, OH 44114-1271<br>Phone: (216) 623-2800<br>Internet: [http://www.cpl.org/index.php?q=node/102/ Cleveland Public Library]
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To find other repositories of Ohio records, see also:  
  
*'''Columbus Metropolitan Library'''<br>Genealogy, History &amp; Travel<br>96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215-4163 <br>Phone: (614)645-2275<br>Internet: [http://www.columbuslibrary.org/genealogy Columbus Metropolitan Library]
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:*'''[[United States Archives and Libraries|United States Archives and Libraries]]'''
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:*'''[[Ohio Societies|Ohio Societies]]'''.<br><br>
  
*'''Genealogy Library at Garst Museum'''<br>205 N. Broadway Greenville, OH 45331<br>Phone: (937)548-5250<br>Internet: [http://dcoweb.org/gsnf/home.htm Genealogy Library at Garst Museum]
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== References  ==
  
*'''Mahoning Valley Historical Society's Archival Library '''<br>648 Wick Avenue<br>Youngstown, OH 44502-1289<br>Telephone (330) 743-2589<br>Fax (330) 743-721<br>Internet: [http://www.mahoninghistory.org/archhome.htm Mahoning Valley Historical Society's Archives] <br>
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*'''State Library of Ohio<br>'''Special Collections and Genealogy Resources <br>275 East 1st Ave. Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43201-3692 <br>Telephone: 800–686–1532 or 614- 644–7051, Fax: 614-728-2789<br>Internet: [http://www.library.ohio.gov/ State Library of Ohio] <br>The State Library of Ohio's genealogy collection is now housed at the [http://www.columbuslibrary.org/genealogy Columbus Metropolitan Library]. SLO still has the State of Ohio Government Documents Collection which may have genealogical content.<br>Internet: [http://www.library.ohio.gov/PCS/digitalcontent/ Digital &amp; Special Collections] <br>Internet: [http://www.library.ohio.gov/PCS/digitalcontent/gen_sources Sources for Genealogists] <br>Guide to collection<ref>''County by County in Ohio Genealogy. Columbus, Ohio: The State Library'', 1978. {{FHL|39646|item|disp=FHL fiche 6046719; book 977.1 D23o}} Digital version available through FHL catalog entry.</ref>
 
 
 
== Historical Societies  ==
 
 
 
Almost every county in Ohio has a branch of the OGS that actively collects, preserves, and publishes local records. There are many other [[Ohio Societies|societies]] in Ohio proactive in promoting research.
 
 
 
*[http://www.wrhs.org/research/Irish_American_Archives_Society_ Irish American Archives]
 
 
 
*'''Ohio Genealogical Society'''<br>611 State Route 97 W, Bellville, OH 44813 <br>Phone: (419) 886-1903<br>Internet: [http://www.ogs.org/ Ohio Genealogical Society]
 
 
 
*'''Ohio Historical Society<br>'''Ohio Historical Center <br>1982 Velma Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211-2497 <br>Telephone: 614-297-2510, Fax: 614-297-2546 <br>Internet: [http://www.ohiohistory.org/resource/archlib/index.html Ohio Genealogical Society]<br>Guides to collection<ref>Lentz, Andrea D., ed. ''A Guide to Manuscripts at the Ohio Historical Society''. Columbus, Ohio: The Ohio Historical Society, 1972. {{FHL|263912|item|disp=FHL book 977.1 A3ohs}} Digital version available through FHL catalog entry.</ref><ref>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. {{FHL|21855|item|disp=FHL book 977.1 D27g.}}</ref>
 
 
 
The [http://www.ohiohistory.org/resource/archlib// Archives Division of the State Historical Society of Ohio] primarily collects manuscript records of the state, including government, land, and military records
 
 
 
*'''Western Reserve Historical Society<br>'''10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106-1788 <br>Telephone: 216-721-5722. Fax: 216-721-0645 <br>Internet: [http://www.wrhs.org/ Western Reserve Historical Society]<br>A guide to the holdings<ref>Pike, Kermit J. ''A Guide to the Manuscripts and Archives of the Western Reserve Historical Society.'' Cleveland, Ohio: The Western Reserve Historical Society, 1972. {{FHL|94342|item|disp=FHL book 977.1 A3p.}}</ref><ref>Western Reserve Historical Society. History Library. ''Card Catalog to the Manuscripts Collection in the Library of the Western Reserve Historical Society.'' Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974. {{FHL|210248|item|disp=FHL films 934566-69; 934617-18.}}</ref>
 
 
 
== Ohio Digital Collections  ==
 
 
 
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== Reference Works  ==
 
 
 
'''Family History Library'''
 
 
 
*To find other archives and libraries with collections of Ohio records, look in the directories and information listed in the "[[United States Archives and Libraries|United States Archives and Libraries]]" and [[Ohio Societies|Ohio Societies]].
 
 
 
*Inventories of archive and library collections are found in the Locality Search of the [https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog.]
 
 
 
In the early 1940s the Historical Records Survey produced inventories of county courthouses and archives. These describe the existing records and record-keeping systems. [[Family History Library Catalog Place Search|The Family History Library]] has copies of these inventories for about 30 of the 88 counties in Ohio. These are listed in the Place Search of the Family History Library [https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog Catalog] under:
 
 
 
::'''OHIO - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES''' <br>
 
::'''OHIO, [COUNTY] - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES''' <br><br>
 
 
 
'''Guides and Directories'''
 
 
 
You may also learn about research sources in:
 
 
 
:*''Guide to Manuscript Collections and Institutional Records in Ohio,'' {{FHL|264947|item|disp=FHL book 977.1 A34s}}
 
:*''Guide to Ohio County and Municipal Records for Urban Research.'' {{FHL|10658|item|disp=FHL fiche 6051197; book 977.1 A3}}
 
:*''Directory of Museums, Historical Societies, and Associated Organizations in Ohio {{FHL|139236|item|disp=FHL book 977.1 C4}}''
 
 
 
== Footnote References  ==
 
 
 
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These repositories preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Ohio.

Wiki Articles on Major Repositories for Ohio

Allen County Public Library (Ft. Wayne, IN) · American Jewish Archives · Archdiocese of Cincinnati · Archives of Ohio United Methodists · Bowling Green State University Jerome Library · Dayton Metro Library · Erie Lackawanna Historical Society Archives · Mennonite Historical Collections · National Archives at Chicago (Chicago, IL) · National Underground Railroad Freedom Center · Newberry Library (Chicago, IL) · Ohio Department of Health · Ohio Genealogical Society · Ohio History Connection · Ohio University Alden Library · Palatines to America German Genealogy Society Resource Center · Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County · Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County · Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center · State Library of Ohio · Toledo‑Lucas County Public Library · University of Cincinnati Blegen Library · Western Reserve Historical Society · Wright State University Dunbar Library

Online Records of Ohio

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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.

Statewide Repositories

Ohio Department of Health

Offfice of Vital Statistics
225 Neilston Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Telephone: 614-466-2531
E-mail: VitalStat@odh.ohio.gov
Internet: How to Apply

The Office of Vital Statistics preserves Ohio births since 1908, and deaths since 1964.[1] They do not have marriage or divorce records.[2]
Earlier 1867-1908 uncertified birth records, and 1867-1963 uncertified death records are available on plain paper from the Ohio History Connection (Ohio's archives), or at the city or county vital statistics office where the event occurred. A few counties have earlier records.[1]
Indexes. The Office of Vital Statistics maintains a limited online Death Certificate Index 1908-1963.[1] They also have a marriage index since 1950, and divorce index since 1954.[2] For other Ohio vital record indexes see also the Ohio Vital Records Wiki article.
How to obtain Birth and Death record copies. There are several ways to obtain copies of Ohio birth and death records:[3]
  • From a local Vital Statistics Office in a city or county where the event occurred. This is often faster; fees and hours vary. Sealed adoption records are only available in Columbus.
  • Walk-in at the downtown Columbus office for same-day service before 4:30 pm (except adoptions).
  • Order online using their online order form. Please allow three weeks for processing (adoptions usually take longer).
  • By mail following all their Records Request Instructions (pdf). Please allow at least three weeks for processing.
  • For an additional fee you can order online official Ohio death records since 1964 from a private company VitalChek Ohio. They provide a faster turn-around time.
How to obtain Marriage license copies since the formation of the county contact the local county probate court; for divorce decrees contact the local county clerk of courts.[2] Local fees and hours vary.

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.[4]

Ohio History Connection in Columbus

Ohio History Connection

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
Internet: Ohio Memory: a collaborative project of the Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio

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 early vital records (births 1867-1908; marriages since each county's formation; deaths 1867-1964).[4] A few cities and counties have even earlier vital records.

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
Internet: Ohio Memory: a collaborative project of the Ohio History Connection and the 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.[4]
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.

Regional Repositories

OH Network of Amer Hist Res Centers

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

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).

Bowling Green State University Jerome Library

Bowling Green State Univ Jerome Libr

Bowling Green State University Jerome Library
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.[5]

Dayton Metro Library

Dayton Metro Library Main Branch
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.[4]

Erie Lackawanna Hist Soc Archives

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.[6]

Ohio University Alden Library

Ohio University Alden Library in Athens
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.[4]

Pub Libr of Cincinnati & Hamilton Co

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Public Libr of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

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.[4]

Pub Libr of Youngstown & Mahoning Co

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.[4]

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

R B Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont
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
Internet: Ohio Obituary Index of over 3 million obituaries, death, and marriage notices, and other Ohio sources from the 1810s to the present.
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.[4]

Toledo‑Lucas County Public Library

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.[4]

University of Cincinnati Blegen Library

University of Cincinnati Blegen Library
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.[7]

Western Reserve Historical Society

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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 New York, Pennsylvania, and New England.[4] 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.[8]

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.[9]

Ethnic and Religious Repositories

Amererican Jewish Archives Marcus Center in Cincinnati

American Jewish Archives

101 Clifton Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45220
Telephone: 513-2211875
Fax 513-221-7812
E-mail: Ask an Archivist form
Internet: Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives

1,000 family genealogy files. Jewish communities and immigration records during the Colonial Period, early Jewish communities in the Caribbean Islands, along with congregational records from early Jewish settlement to modern times.[10]

Archdiocese of Cincinnati

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

On-site research by appointment only. Accepts genealogical requests by mail or their online form. Fee required. The Archives has microfiche copies of baptism, marriage, and death registers of every open and closed parish in the Archdiocese, but not for parishes outside the current Archdiocese boundaries. Records after 1930 are restricted. Telephone and e-mail requests are not accepted.[11]

Methodist Archives at Ohio Wesleyan University Beeghly Library in Delaware, Ohio

Archives of Ohio United Methodists

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

History of United Methodism in general and in Ohio, manuscripts and conference proceedings, Methodist publications, local church history files, records of closed and abandoned churches, Dead Ministers file, newspapers, journals, periodicals, personal papers and diaries. The Archives offers research services into church history, clergy members, and genealogy.[12]

Irish American Archives Society

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

Mennonite Historical Collections

Bluffton University Mussellman Library
280 W College Ave
Bluffton, OH 45817
Telephone: 419-358-3251
E-mail: phillipsc@bluffton.edu
Internet: Mennonite Historical Collections

Their collections include 3,000 volumes of family histories. They also have periodicals about Mennonite and related groups, resources for genealogy research, secondary sources on Mennonite history and life, and historic materials from the village of Bluffton and of surrounding communities.[13]

Nat'l Underground Railroad Freedom Cntr

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Nat'l Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati

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.[14]

Palatines to America German Gen Center

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.[15]

Shakers

See the Western Reserve Historical Society above.
Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana

Outside of Ohio Repositories

Allen County Public Library

900 Library Plaza
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
Telephone: 260-421-1225
E-mail: genealogy@acpl.info
Internet: Genealogy Center ACPL

This is the second-largest genealogy collection in the United States[16] 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.[17] 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.[18]

National Archives at Chicago, Illinois

National Archives at Chicago

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/chicago/

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 Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.[19]

Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois

Newberry Library

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.[20]

Family History Centers

Some of the above collections are partially duplicated at the Family History Library and its branch Family History Centers around the world. Most centers can help you by:

  • Giving you limited, personal, one-on-one research suggestions (but they do not do research for you)
    Lima Ohio Family History Center
  • Providing access to genealogical records either through the premium online Internet FHC Portal for free, or a microfilm loan program
  • Offering free how-to classes (varies by location)
  • Fostering contact between genealogical enthusiasts

There are several centers located in Ohio, for example:

Lima Ohio Family History Center
1195 Brower Rd
Lima OH 45801-2303 USA
Telephone: 1-419-227-2537
Each center is staffed by volunteers and has varying hours and services. Telephone in advance to verify their hours.

To locate one of these 4,500 centers in your own neighborhood, see Find a Family History Center.

Guides

Almost every county in Ohio has a branch of the Ohio Genealogical Society (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:

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Which Vital Records Do We Have? in Ohio Department of Health (accessed 10 May 2017).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Marriage and Divorce Information in Ohio Department of Health (accessed 10 May 2017).
  3. Easy Ways to Obtain a Birth or Death Record in Ohio Department of Health (accessed 10 May 2017).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 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.
  5. Center for Archival Collections in University Libraries (accessed 5 March 2015).
  6. Archives in Erie Lackawanna Historical Society, Inc. (accessed 5 March 2015).
  7. Archives and Rare Books Library in UC Libraries (accessed 5 March 2015).
  8. Significant Collections in Western Reserve Historical Society (accessed 27 February 2015).
  9. Genealogy in University Libraries (accessed 5 March 2015).
  10. Genealogy Guide in Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (accessed 9 May 2017).
  11. Genealogy Requests in Archdiocese of Cincinnati (accesed 9 May 2017).
  12. Archives of Ohio United Methodism in Ohio Wesleyan University Libraries (accessed 9 May 2017).
  13. Archives & Special Collections: Mennonite Historical Collections in Mussellman Library (accessed 9 May 2017).
  14. Genealogy in National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (accessed 5 March 2015).
  15. Home in Palatines to America German Genealogy Society (accessed 5 March 2015).
  16. Allen County Public Library in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 28 April 2010).
  17. Genealogy Center in Allen County Public Library (accessed 28 April 2010).
  18. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  19. Genealogy in National Archives at Chicago (accessed 27 February 2014).
  20. Genealogy and Local History in The Newberry (accessed 27 February 2015).