Our Ohio genealogists are available to research on location. They will find and analyze the best records available to further your family history research. They can search the archives and libraries in Ohio, as well as help you with other special requests.
Ohio State Archives and Libraries
Our researchers are available to visit local archives and libraries to access unique record collections to help with your research. Below is a list of a few of the archives our Ohio researchers have access to.
The Ohio Genealogical Society’s Archive (Bellville, Ohio)
The Ohio Genealogical Society’s archive holds one of the best collections of family folders. They also contain over 4,000 records of family bibles, county and city directories, indexed censuses from 1840 to 1920, and over 300 manuscript collections. They hold information about the earliest families that settled in Ohio, with over 10,000 records that date back to pre-1821. The society’s archive contains resources on African American and German ancestors as well.
Ohio History Connection (Columbus, Ohio)
The Ohio History Connection serves as the state archives and focuses mainly on collecting historical manuscripts. These manuscripts include government, land, and military records. They also have archival objects that document the history of each of Ohio’s 88 counties, as well as the pre-colonization history of Ohio and its earliest Native American inhabitants.
State Library of Ohio (Columbus, Ohio)
The State Library of Ohio contains not only records of Ohio, but also Pennsylvania, New York, and other states in the New England region, where many settlers in Ohio came from. Their records include government documents, censuses, wills, military records, church records, and local histories. They also hold a rare book collection of over 8,000 items.
Dayton Metro Library (Dayton, Ohio)
The Dayton Metro Library’s “Dayton Room” has an expansive genealogical collection that contains newspapers, books, genealogies, and biographies. In their collection, they also have an “African-Americans in Ohio” section. The Wilbur H. Siebert Collection holds materials that focus on the Underground Railroad, including manuscripts, notes, maps, and photographs. The collection also contains transcripts of interviews with escaped slaves who used the Underground Railroad and the agents who operated it.
Ohio University’s Alden Library (Athens, Ohio)
The Ohio University Alden Library has been referred to as a “second state archives”. Their collection holds church records, business records, county histories, and newspapers. They have records from specific counties including Athens County marriages from 1805 to 1913 and Morgan County marriages from 1819 to 1867. Their archives contain military records. The library contains records of soldiers from the American Revolution buried in Ohio. They also hold rosters of Ohio soldiers who served in 1812, the American Civil War, and the Spanish-American War.
Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County (Cincinnati, Ohio)
The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County is an excellent genealogical source for early Ohio history. It includes the Inland Rivers Library, which focuses on the historical records of those who traveled through the Ohio River. The library contains 200 years worth of archival material. Books, pamphlets, navigation charts, crew registers, and passenger lists are found in this collection.
Minorities in Ohio
Here are archives in Ohio specifically dedicated to providing genealogical information for particular ethnic and religious groups.
African American Genealogy in Ohio
Ohio is also home to the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center which opened in 1988 and contains one of the nation’s largest collections of Afro-American materials. The museum has 9,000 artifacts and artworks, 350 manuscript collections, and thousands of photographs.
Jewish Genealogy in Ohio
The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives focuses on Jewish communities and congregational records from the beginning of the American colonial period to the modern day. Their archives hold over 1,000 Jewish family files and over 800 major manuscript collections.
German Genealogy in Ohio
The Palatines to America German Genealogy Society Resource Center contains information about German immigrants in their archives. It is a national archive that works to find German-speaking ancestors and their place of origin. They have over 700 published family histories, thousands of surname files, and an in-depth collection of pedigrees and immigrant ancestor charts belonging to members of the society.
Mennonite Genealogy in Ohio
The Bluffton University Musselman Library is home to the Mennonite Historical Collections. In their own words, the collection “reflects the Mennonite affiliation of Bluffton University and the Swiss tradition of many constituents”. The collection contains 3,000 Mennonite family histories, periodicals focusing on Mennonites and related religious groups, and secondary sources regarding Mennonite culture and daily life.
Western Reserve Historical Society
Ohio is also home to the Western Reserve Historical Society, which offers an extensive collection of resources for those searching for genealogical records of immigrants and religious groups in Ohio. The society holds archives of several Ohio newspapers, including ones which were published for certain ethnic groups such as African Americans, Czechs, Germans, Greeks, Hungarians, Italians, Jews, and Romanians. The archive also contains records from other states. The society’s collection includes passenger lists for the ports of New York from 1820 to 1841 and records of Irish immigrants arriving in New York during the Irish Famine from 1846 to 1851. They also have records of Dutch passenger arrivals in the United States from 1820 to 1880.
Our genealogists specialize in researching all different types of documentation, and the list above is simply a small sample of what they can help you with.