Ohio Genealogy Resources
Ohio was originally part of the Northwest
Territory. Its unique history provided a challenging set of land
records that include military grants, metes and bounds descriptions,
and the township and range grid system in two different
Akron-Summit County Public Library. Special Collections. The
Special Collections Division houses the library’s collection of
genealogy and local history materials.
- Andrusko, Samuel M. Der Deutsche Pionier: membership
lists (1869-1887) of the Deutschen Pionier-Verein ofCincinnati
and branches in Dayton and Toledo (Ohio) and Covington and
Newport (Kentucky)with selected additional biographical
information from obituaries and biographhies [sic] in
theDeutschen Pionier / abstracted, translated, and edited by
Samuel M. Andrusko. Washington,D.C. : S.M. Andrusko,
c1989.Information includes date and place of birth, year of
- Bell, Carol Willsey. Ohio Guide to Genealogical Sources.
[Baltimore, Md.]: Genealogical Pub. Co, 1988.
This is a very comprehensive guide to the genealogical records
and sources in Ohio, written by one of Ohio's foremost
genealogists. A variety of information is provided for each of
Ohio's eighty-eight counties.
- Bowers, Ruth and Anita Short. Gateway to the West. 2
volumes. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Company, 2005, 1967-78.
Gateway to the West had a short but spectacular life as a
periodical. In slightly more than 10 years, from 1967 to 1978,
it managed to cover some of the least accessible yet most
important genealogical records of 76 of Ohio's 88 counties. From
common pleas court records, guardianships, naturalizations, and
deed abstracts to the more conventional births, marriages,
deaths, cemetery records, and wills, Gateway offered a
range of genealogical source materials unmatched by any other
Ohio periodical. At its peak, it had a circulation of nearly
2,000, and when it ceased publication with Volume 11 in 1978,
its fame had surpassed even that of the Old Northwest
Genealogical Quarterly. For this set, the principal
articles, arranged under their respective counties, have been
consolidated into two large volumes--each with its own index.
Altogether, in some 350 articles naming more than 95,000
persons, in records ranging from Adams County to Wood County,
from court records to church records, from township records to
cemetery records, the researcher now has permanent access to a
priceless body of material.
- Clegg, Michael Barren et al. Ohio Newspaper Abstracts
Series, Volumes 1-5. Decorah, Iowa: Anudsen Publishing Co.,
Cleveland Necrology File. This database was produced from a
microfilmed copy of an alphabetical card file containing local
cemetery records and newspaper death notices gathered by the
staff of the Cleveland Public Library. A small collection of
records from the Cleveland Bureau of Vital Statistics and some
indexed items from the Annals of Cleveland were also part
of the original card file and are also included in the database.
The newspaper source material consists of paid notices which
were published in the following newspapers: Cleveland Plain
Dealer, 1850-1975, the Cleveland Herald, 1833,
1847-1848, 1876, 1878-1879 and the Cleveland Press,
August 16, 1941 - 1975.
Press, 1878-1982. Comprised of hundreds of thousands of
clippings and photographs, The Cleveland Press
Collection is the former editorial library, or "morgue," of
The Cleveland Press and is now part of Cleveland
State University Library's Special Collections. The last of
Cleveland's daily afternoon newspapers, The Cleveland
Press was published from 1878 until 1982.
Columbus Memory is a collaborative project between the Columbus
Metropolitan Library and the Columbus Historical Society
providing access to thousands of images, primary documents, maps
and artifacts about Columbus, Ohio.
Cuyahoga County, Ohio Recorder has images of deed records.
- Early Ohio Settlers. Genealogical Pub Co, 2008.
This collection of Ohio genealogical records refers to
approximately 165,000 individuals and contains everything from
vital records to the biographies that help bring your Ohio
research to life. Based on marriage records, cemetery
inscriptions, genealogies, censuses, biographical sketches, tax
lists, newspaper abstracts, and vital records, it is the epitome
of traditional genealogical source records. Not surprisingly,
many of these records date from as early as 1787.
- The Fleshman
Files. Grave transcriptions from some Ohio cemeteries:
Green Lawn Cemetery Columbus, Ohio;
Cemetery Columbus, Ohio;
Oak Grove Cemetery Delaware, Ohio; and
Wesleyan Cemetery Cincinnati, OH
- Gagel, Diane VanSkiver. Research in Ohio. Arlington,
Va: National Genealogical Society, 2008.
- Gutgesell, Stephen, editor. Guide to Ohio Newspapers,
1793-1973. Columbus, Ohio: Ohio Historical Society, 1974.
- Hanna, Charles A. Historical Collections of Harrison
County, in the State of Ohio. Baltimore, Maryland:
Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004, 1900. Incorporating Hanna's
smaller work, Ohio Valley Genealogies, along with lists
of first landowners, early marriages (to 1841), will records (to
1861), and burial records, this book is the premier reference
work on the Ohio Valley. Concerned chiefly with a record of
names and events, it bears reference to upwards of 50,000
pioneers, most of them Pennsylvanians and Revolutionary War
bounty holders who ventured into this region of eastern Ohio.
- Koffroth, Willis Adrian and Linda Thompson. Voices from
the River. Manhattan Beach, California: The author.
- Miami Valley
- Obituary Index.
The Rutheford B. Hayes Presidential Center offers an Ohio
Obituary Index with more than 1,200,000 indexed obituaries.
Other newspaper items are in the index, including wills and
estates and marriage notices, and more. Dates range from 1810 to
Ohio Biographies Project. In May of 1997, this project was
organized by Jeff Murphy, using the established KY Biographies
Project as a model.
Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962 – Name index to
birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Ohio.
Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003. Citing Probate Courts in
Ohio. Ohio, county birth records. Courthouses in Ohio.
Ohio County Marriages, 1790-1950 – Name index and images of
county marriage records acquired from local courthouses.
Ohio, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1977. Images of
naturalization records from county courthouses in Ohio. The
record content and time period varies by county, though most
content falls between 1818 and 1954. FamilySearch.
Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860-2004. Obituary file
from the Crawford County Genealogical Society in Galion, Ohio.
Ohio, Cuyahoga County Probate Files, 1813-1917. – Browsable
imaged records – not indexed yet – Probate case files from the
Cuyahoga County Courthouse in Cleveland. The files are arranged
by docket number, case number and date. FamilySearch.
Ohio, Cuyahoga County Records, 1880-1950. Birth affidavits,
delayed births and corrections, and voter registration from the
Cuyahoga County courthouse in Cleveland. This collection is
being published as images become available. FamilySearch.
Ohio, Death Index, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007. This database indexes
Death Certificates of persons that died in Ohio in the above
years, useful for determining date of death and certificate
Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997 – Name index to death and
burial records from the state of Ohio. FamilySearch.
Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953 – Imaged Records – Name index and
images of Ohio statewide death certificates. FamilySearch.
Ohio, Diocese of Toledo, Catholic Parish Records, 1796-2004
-Browsable Imaged Records, Currently not indexed – Baptism
Records are included. Images of parish registers recording the
events of baptism, first communion, confirmation, marriage, and
death in the Diocese of Toledo (Ohio), Roman Catholic Church. In
addition to traditional parish registers, this collection
includes miscellaneous cemetery records, Books of the Elect,
Professions of Faith, Sick Call registers, etc. The following
counties are found in the database: Allen, Crawford. Defiance.
Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding,
Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood,
and Wyandot. FamilySearch.
- Ohio Genealogical Society.
The Ohio Genealogical Society is the largest state genealogical
society in the United States.
- Ohio GenWeb
- The Ohio
Historical Society Archives/Library -- Online Collection Catalog.
The Ohio Historical Society's Online Collection Catalog allows
you to search the records of more than 230,000 items in the
Society's library, newspaper, manuscript, audiovisual, state
archives, history, natural history, and archaeology collections.
Historical Society Research Tools.
Ohio, Jefferson County Court Records, 1797-1940. Birth and
probate records from Jefferson County, Ohio. This collection is
being published as images become available. An index is being
created in cooperation with the Jefferson County Chapter of the
Ohio Genealogical Society and will be published as it becomes
available. Contact the county courthouse to get the case number
for a deceased person. FamilySearch.
- Ohio Land and Tax
Records, 1787-1840 [CD] Baltimore, Maryland:
Genealogical Publishing Co. contains the following five
publications, all linked by a single electronic name index and a
unique search engine. Your Ohio research starts here! *Early
Ohio Settlers: Purchasers of Land in Southwestern Ohio,
1800-1840, by Ellen T. Berry and David A. Berry; *Early Ohio
Settlers: Purchasers of Land in East and East Central Ohio,
1800-1840, by Ellen T. Berry and David A. Berry; *Early Ohio
Settlers: Purchasers of Land in Southeastern Ohio, 1800-1840, by
Ellen T. Berry and David A. Berry; *Early Ohio Tax Records, by
Esther Weygant Powell; and *First Ownership of Ohio Lands, by
Albion M. Dyer.
Ohio Marriages 1800-1958 - Name index to marriage
records from the state of Ohio - 4,740,284 records after 14 May,
Ohio - Meigs County Deaths. This collection of Meigs County
death records was extracted from microfilm of the original
public records (LDS film #313469) by Sharon Bickle Rickerson and
Merry Anne Pierson, and appears here by their gracious
permission. It contains approximately 970 deaths from the years
Ohio - Meigs County Death Index. This index of Meigs County
death certificates was extracted from the online index at the
Ohio Historical Society. The index is an ongoing project of the
Ohio Vital Information for Libraries Center (OVIL), and this
extract is published here with their kind permission. This
extract includes approximately 8100 deaths from the years
Ohio, Montgomery County, Probate Estate Files, 1850-1900.
Images of probate estate files from the Montgomery County
Records Center and Archive in Dayton, Ohio. Usually the files
are chronological and have a case file number. This collection
is being published as images become available. FamilySearch.
- Ohio Obituary Index.
Obituaries, death and marriage notices, and other sources; 1830s
Ohio, Probate Records, 1789-1996. Probate records and estate
files from county courthouses in Ohio. The content and time
period varies by county. FamilySearch.
Ohio, Scioto County Recorder 1885-1887. Images of records
from the Scioto County Recorders Office which include land
records and military discharges. This collection is being
published as images become available. FamilySearch.
Ohio, Stark County Coroner's Records, 1890-2002. Images of
Coroner's Inquest books, reports, and case files from the
courthouse in Canton, Ohio. This collection is being published
as images become available. FamilySearch.
Ohio, Stark County Court Records, 1809-1917. Court of Common
Pleas Records located at the Stark County Record Center in
Canton, Ohio.This collection is being published as images become
Ohio, Stark County Probate Records, 1886-1921. Images of
probate records from the Stark County Records Center in Canton,
Ohio. This collection is being published as images become
Ohio, Summit County, Coroner Inquests, Hospital and Cemetery
Records, 1882-1947. This collection contains the following
records for the listed institutions: Admittance cards, 1915-1947
and employment cards, 1915-1940 of the Edwin Shaw Hospital;
burial permits, 1915-1947 of the Briar Hill Cemetery and
coroner's inquest books, 1882-1922 for Summit county. This
collection is being published as images become available.
- Ohio Surname Index, 1700s-1800s. Compiled by the Ohio
Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Microfilm
of card index, now located at the Ohio Historical Society,
Columbus, Ohio (1984). Arranged alphabetically by surname. Film
at FHL library, 64 rolls beginning with FHL film #398201.
Ohio Tax Records 1800-1850 – (FamilySearch) Imaged Records –
This project was indexed in partnership with the Ohio
Genealogical Society. Name index of tax records as recorded with
the County Auditor of each county. Includes the following Ohio
counties: Ashtabula, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Guernsey,
Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Monroe, Trumbull and Washington.
The majority of the tax records in this collection are for the
years 1816 through 1838.
- Peden, Henry C. More Marylanders to Ohio and Indiana:
Migration Prior to 1835. Lewes, Delaware: Colonial Roots,
Pioneer Migration Routes Through Ohio.
- Powell, Esther Weygandt. Early Ohio Tax Records. Reprinted with
The Index to Early Ohio Tax Records. 2
volumes in 1. Reprinted Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Co.,
2005, 1971, 1973. This work presents a county-by-county list of
Ohio settlers and residents from about 1800 to 1824.
- Revolutionary War Pensioners Living in the State of Ohio in
1818-1819. Includes veterans from other states.
- Sperry, Kip. Genealogical Research in Ohio. 2nd
edition. 2003. Reprint: Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical
Publishing Co., 2006.
- Sperry, Kip. Kirtland Ohio: A Guide to Family History and
Historical Sources. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University,
2005. Kirtland, Ohio, served as headquarters for The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the early nineteenth
century and has a rich history belying the town's small size. In
this book, Sperry has compiled a wealth of resources --
historical background, a chronology of events, and helpful
sources of information.
- Stark County, Ohio
Probate Court, provides searchable indexes for estate,
marriage, and guardianship records (select case search).
Information from these indexes may be used to make online
requests for document copies through the
Department of the Stark County District Library.. Despite
the court's disclaimer, many early marriage records are indexed.
The Stark County [Ohio] Recorder's office has real estate
indexes and images back to 1809 (select archive search). A free
account must be established to use the site's features.
Summit County Clerk of Courts - Naturalization Search.
- Tuscarawas County, Ohio Connections: Ancestor Charts from
Across the United States, Each Touching Tuscarawas County, Ohio.
New Philadelphia, OH: Tuscarawas County Genealogical Society,
- Virginia Military District Lands of Ohio; Indexes (1787-1871). Microfilm of index and original records at the State Auditor's Office in Columbus, Ohio (1958). The Index to entrymen gives name of soldier or heirs, entry number, warrant number of soldier's claim, book and page number wherein found, acreage. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1995, 1958, 33 rolls, beginning with FHL film #2022655.