Ohio University Alden Library

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Ohio University Alden Library
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]


Ohio University Alden Library
30 Park Place
Athens, OH 45701

Telephone:[1] general 740-593-2699
Special Collections 740-593-2710

Hours: OU Libraries hours.

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Collection Description[edit | edit source]

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.[2]  Alden Library genealogy resources include these collections:[3]

  • Special Collections: Athens County Obituaries 1909-1998, published county and town histories and plat books from southeastern Ohio, southeastern Ohio family histories, First Families of Athens County before 1830, family papers, southeastern Ohio city directories and telephone directories, OVAL Local History and Genealogy Resources Guide, genealogical reference books, periodicals and newsletters, and
    • Athens County marriages, 1805-1913
    • Meigs County Marriage Index, 1819-1862
    • Morgan County marriages, 1819-1867
    • Muskingum County marriage records, 1803-1848
    • Washington county marriages, 1789-1840
  • Government Documents: Soldiers of the American Revolution Buried in Ohio, Roster of Ohio Soldiers in the War of 1812, Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, The Civil War CD-ROM: the war of the rebellion: a compilation..., and The official roster of Ohio Soldiers in the War with Spain, 1898-1899
  • Microforms: U.S. federal population census schedules 1790-1940, southeastern Ohio newspapers, the 28-volume Peters Papers  gravestones of Athens County with index, and the Draper Manuscript Collection  and indexes.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Ohio University Alden Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.[4] Includes Northwest Territory (Ohio) papers.
  • National Archives at Chicago old federal court and agency records for Ohio, U.S. federal censuses 1790–1940; military service and pension indexes, passenger lists, naturalizations, Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest, Fold3.[5]
  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, including Ohio genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.[6]
  • Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, a large repository with genealogies, local histories, censuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records mostly from the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, and the British Isles.[7]
  • Ohio History Connection, Columbus, serves as the state archives. Excellent manuscript collection for government, land, and military records. Also has biographies, genealogies, and vital records.[2] [8]
  • State Library of Ohio, Columbus, has good records of Ohio, and of states like Pennsylvania, New York, and the states of New England which all contributed early immigrants to Ohio.[2]

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ohio University Libraries in Ohio University, accessed 15 March 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 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.
  3. Genealogy - Alden Library Resources in Ohio University, accessed 15 March 2021.
  4. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  5. Genealogy in National Archives at Chicago (accessed 27 February 2014).
  6. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  7. Genealogy and Local History in The Newberry (accessed 27 February 2015).
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Ohio Network of American History Research Centers in Ohio History Connection (accessed 28 February 2014).
  9. Genealogy in National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (accessed 5 March 2015).
  10. Discover the Collection at Library and Archves Canada (accessed 6 August 2013).