Columbus Ohio North Family History Center
Welcome to the Columbus Ohio North Family History Center. This family history center has staff and resources to help you research the genealogy and history of your family. The center provides access to the extensive resources available through the Family History Library and FamilySearch.
The family history center serves the northwestern portion of the Columbus, Ohio, metropolitan area. You do not have to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to make use of the center and its resources. The center is open to anyone with an interest in family history and genealogical research.
There is no cost to visit the family history center. However, there are moderate fees for photocopies and printouts.
The family history center is located in the northwest Columbus suburb of Dublin and opened in 1988. The address, phone, e-mail, map, directions, parking, accessibility, hours, and holiday schedule are listed below.
- Address - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7135 Coffman Road, Dublin, OH 43017-1031
- Phone - 614-761-1898 (calls will be answered during the hours posted below–there is no answering machine)
- E-mail - email@example.com
Map and Directions
- From Interstate 270, exit onto Route 33/161 traveling east toward Dublin
- At the first intersection, turn left onto Post Road
- Follow Post Road back across Interstate 270
- At the last intersection, turn right onto Emerald Parkway
- Follow Emerald Parkway north onto Coffman Road
- Pass by the Dublin Coffman High School and the Dublin School District Administration building
- At the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building, turn left into the parking lot
- Enter the building through the doors located on the north/right side and go to your right to room 21
Parking and Accessibility
- Parking is available on the north side of the building
- Handicapped parking spaces are located to the left of the north entrance, but the entrance has no automatic doors
- If the exterior doors are locked when the center is open, ring the doorbell located to the far right of the doors
The center is open four days a week.
- Tuesday - 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
- Wednesday - 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
- Thursday - 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
- Saturday - 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Occasionally, the center may close due to staff illness or inclement weather.
The center will be closed on the following dates in 2018.
- Fourth of July - Tuesday, July 3–Saturday, July 7
- Thanksgiving - Wednesday, November 21–Saturday, November 24
- Christmas - Saturday, December 22–Thursday, January 3
Classes and Events
The family history center will occasionally host classes and special events.
Upcoming Classes and Events
- No classes or events are currently scheduled. However, many presentations and webinars on research methods and sources are available online at no cost. The links below provide more information.
The organizations listed below host events which may be useful in learning how to research the genealogy and history of your family.
- Columbus Metropolitan Library–CML Events (Check Genealogy)
- Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society–Events and Education
- London Public Library–Genealogy
- Ohio Chapter, Palatines to America German Genealogy Society–Events
- Ohio Genealogical Society–Chapter Events Calendar
- Union County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society–Calendar
For conferences and events across the United States and elsewhere, see the Upcoming Conferences page.
The family history center has the following resources to help you research the genealogy and history of your family.
The center has print resources, microfilm, and microfiche which can be divided into the following broad categories.
- Family Histories - The center has a collection of family histories, genealogies, and surname newsletters. Those items in print are shelved under Dewey Decimal number 929.2+. Those items on microfiche are filed in the microfiche cabinets under Family History arranged by the primary surname associated with the resource.
- Microfilm Collection - The center has a collection of original records on microfilm. These reels of microfilm on indefinite loan from the Family History Library were originally requested by individuals researching their own families at the center. The types of records, chronological coverage, and geographic areas vary. These reels of microfilm are filed in the microfilm cabinets.
- Reference Sources - The center has a collection of atlases, dictionaries, directories, guides, handbooks, indexes, maps, outlines, periodicals, etc. Those items in print on general topics are shelved under Dewey Decimal numbers 000-939. Those items in print on specific geographic areas are shelved under Dewey Decimal numbers 940-999. Those items on microfiche on specific geographic areas are filed in the microfiche cabinets under the name of the state or country and arranged by microfiche number.
The FamilySearch Catalog lists resources available in both the Family History Library as well as this family history center.
You can access the catalog at https://familysearch.org/catalog/search/.
When searching the catalog, select Family History Library on the Search these family history centers menu to limit searches to resources available in the Family History Library. Select Columbus Ohio North Family History Center on the Search these family history centers menu to limit searches to resources available in the center.
When searching the Family History Library, the catalog will list all its print, microfilm, microfiche, and online resources. Print, microfilm, and microfiche resources are not available for loan, but many are also available online at the center.
The pages listed below contain links to catalog displays of the specific resources available in this family history center.
- Resources for Africa
- Resources for Asia
- Resources for Australia, Oceania, etc.
- Resources for Europe
- Resources for North America
- Resources for South America
- Resources on Special Topics
When searching the catalog, you can also browse all of the resources available in this family history center. Use the categories presented on the left side of the screen to limit the browse results.
Databases and Software
The center has access to the following databases and software.
- FamilySearch - One of the most popular genealogical resources in the world, the website provides access to a wide range of family history and genealogical resources. The site is free and available to the public. You can access the site at familysearch.org.
- Family History Center Services Portal - The center has access to the Family History Center Services Portal which allows free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions. A list of these online services is provided below. If you are using a computer in the center, you can access the portal at fhc.familysearch.org, and then follow the instructions provided there.
- 19th Century British Library Newspapers Digital Archive
- Access Newspaper Archives
- Alexander Street Press–American Civil War
- American Ancestors
- ArkivDigital Online
- Find My Past
- Kinpoint Premium
- MyHeritage–Library Edition
- Paper Trail
- ProQuest Obituary Listings
- Puzzilla–Premium Services
- For more information about these resources, see Premium websites available in the Family History Center Services Portal.
Hardware and Equipment
The center has the following equipment to allow you to access, view, and copy both microform and online resources needed to research the genealogy and history of your family.
- 4 computers
- 1 computer printer/scanner (printouts are 10 cents per page)
- 5 microfilm readers
- 2 microfiche readers
- 1 microfilm/microfiche reader/printer (printouts are 25 cents per page)
- 3 magnifying glasses
The center also provides wireless Internet access.
The family history center is staffed by volunteers with a range of research skills and experience. Staff do not perform genealogical or historical research on your behalf, but can instead help you to find and make use of resources you need to do your own research.
Staff Research Specialties
Staff can help you get started with basic research in any part of the world. In addition, some staff have in-depth knowledge of genealogical research in the countries listed below. Consult center staff for more information.
- United States
Staff Language Ability
The center has some bilingual dictionaries and genealogical word lists in several languages. In addition, some staff have a working knowledge of languages listed below as related to genealogical research. Consult center staff for more information.
- If you are part of a group of six or more people interested in visiting the center, contact center staff at least a week in advance of any planned visits to make arrangements.
The organizations listed below, located in or near the area served by this family history center, may also be of use in researching the genealogy and history of your family.
Family History Centers
Libraries, Societies, etc.
- Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
- Columbus Metropolitan Library
- Delaware County District Library
- Delaware County Genealogical Society
- Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society
- London Public Library
- Madison County (Ohio) Genealogical Society
- Marysville Public Library
- Ohio Chapter, Palatines to America German Genealogy Society
- Ohio Genealogical Society
- Ohio History Connection
- Union County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society
The links below may also be of use in researching the genealogy and history of your family.
Related Wiki Pages
- FamilySearch Research Wiki: What It Can Do For You!: A comprehensive video presentation explaining the Wiki and some its useful pages. It includes case studies demonstrating use of the Wiki for genealogical research. Editing and adding articles to the Wiki are also covered.
Useful Web Resources
- Catalogs and Indexes
- Family History Centers