Ohio Newspapers and Obituaries
Newspapers provide valuable genealogical information, including obituaries, marriage announcements, biographical sketches, divorce notices, and so forth. Other personal information may be included in various sections of a newspaper. There are many English and foreign-language newspapers from the early days of Ohio. Although these publications were often related to political or religious causes, they contain valuable genealogical information.
Locating Ohio Newspapers
The U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present is a national directory from the Library of Congress of over 140,000 newspaper titles. The directory provides a list of libraries from around the country that have the newspapers in their collections.
Digital Issues Online
- The Ohio Historical Society newspaper collection
- NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a large collection of Ohio newspapers online. This database is sometimes free at libraries under the name Access NewspaperArchive.
- There is a large collection of Ohio Historical Newspapers online in Ancestry's Historical Newspaper Collection ($).
- Chronicling America has some historical issues for the state of Ohio online.
- 1793-1796 - The Centinel of the North-Western Territory (Ohio) is available online at Google News - free.
- Ohio Online Historical Newspapers - identifies historical digitized whole-issue newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.
Web Sites for Obituary and Newspaper Indexes
- Ohio Obituary Index 42 libraries are partners in the Ohio Obituary Index and are indexing old and current newspaper entries, totaling more than 1.6 million obituaries from 1810-2010. For more info: Ohio Obituary Index
- Ohio Newspaper Obituaries
- Ohio Archived Newspapers Ohio Newspaper Indexes
- Ohio Newspaper Obituaries
- Obituary Search Engines and Indexes at Libraries, Universities and Societies scroll down to Ohio
- Public Domain Obituaries (pre-1925) and Abstracts
- Ohio Obituaries
- Obituaries from the Columbus Dispatch are available from the Columbus Public Library to card holders (any Ohio resident is eligible). Limit 1 request per day, 4 per month. E-mailed as a PDF.
- The Ohio Historical Societyhas a centralized collection of newspapers gathered by the Ohio State Library, Ohio State University Library, the Historical Records Survey, and other institutions. Detailed guides that will help you locate these publications are:
- Green, Karen Mauer. Pioneer Ohio Newspapers, 1793- 1810.  Contains genealogical and historical abstracts from various newspapers.
- Green, Karen Mauer. Pioneer Ohio Newspapers, 1802-1818: Genealogical and Historical Abstracts.  Contains abstracts of items mentioning local persons from several state newspapers.
- Gutgesell, Stephen, ed. Guide to Ohio Newspapers, 1793-1973  This guide is a complete bibliography of all extant newspapers published in Ohio.
- Levinson, Marilyn, ed. Guide to Newspaper Holdings at the Center for Archival Collections. 3rd ed.  This guide contains an inventory of the newspapers at the Bowling Green State University, which come from 19 northwest Ohio counties.
Many periodicals publish obituary records. These are referenced in the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI), which is described in the "Periodicals" page.
Family History Library
The Family History Library acquires published newspaper abstracts and obituary lists for Ohio. Obituary records are also listed in the Place-names Search of the The Family History Library Catalog under:
- OHIO - OBITUARIES
- OHIO - NEWSPAPERS
- OHIO, [COUNTY] - OBITUARIES
- OHIO, [COUNTY] - NEWSPAPERS
- Green, Karen Mauer. Pioneer Ohio Newspapers, 1793- 1810 (Galveston, Texas: The Frontier Press, 1986.) At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 977.1 B38g.
- Green, Karen Mauer. Pioneer Ohio Newspapers, 1802-1818: Genealogical and Historical Abstracts (Galveston, Texas: The Frontier Press, 1988). At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 977.1 B38gr
- Gutgesell, Stephen, ed. Guide to Ohio Newspapers, 1793-1973 (Columbus: Ohio Historical Society, 1974.) At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL fiche 6049903; book 977.1 A3g.
- Levinson, Marilyn, ed. Guide to Newspaper Holdings at the Center for Archival Collections. 3rd ed. (Bowling Green, Ohio: Center for Archival Collections, (Bowling Green State University, 1991.) At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 977.1 B33g 1991