|Ohio University Alden Library
- Ohio University Alden Library
- 30 Park Place
- Athens, OH 45701
Telephone: general 740-593-2699
Special Colletions 740-593-2710
Hours: OU Libraries hours.
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Internet sites and databases:
- Ohio University Libraries resources, services, about, need help?, articlesPlus, ALICE catalog, databases, course reserves, subject and course guides, hours, events, news.
- ALICE catalog online by keyword, title, periodical title, author, subject, course reserves, or databases. Also available in WorldCat.
- Genealogy subject guide online databases and forums, Alden Library resources, other local resources, contact/need help?.
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. Alden Library genealogy resources include these collections:
- 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.
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.
- 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. 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.
- Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, including Ohio genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.
- 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.
- 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. 
- 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.
- Athens City-County Health Department birth and deaths since 1908.
- Athens County Clerk of the Courts, civil, and criminal cases.
- Athens County Coroner suspicious or unusual deaths.
- Athens County Recorder land records, DD-214 military discharges, veterans graves.
- Athens County Juvenile/Probate Court adoptions, birth, guardianships, mental commitments, name changes, probates and wills.
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Div. at Columbus, recent civil and criminal cases.
- Athens County Public Library, Nelsonville, births 1867-1920, marriages 1805-1913, deaths 1867-1908, funeral home records, obituaries, census, yearbooks, family histories, newspapers, and cemteries.
- Repositories in surrounding counties: in Ohio: Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton, Washington; and in West Virginia: Wood.
- Ohio Genealogical Society, Bellville, has the best collection of family folders in Ohio. They also have county record guides, biographies, genealogies and unique indexes to various Ohio records.
- Columbus Metropolitan Library Internet history and genealogy, Sanborn maps, newspaper indexes, Columbus Historical Society, and images. (Genealogy section moved until Aug 2016).
- Dayton Metro Library, the Dayton Room has one of Ohio's best genealogical collections including books, periodicals, indexes, genealogies, and biographies.
- Erie Lackawanna Historical Society, Cleveland, history of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, Erie Railroad, Erie Lackawanna Railway, and related lines.
- National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, more a museum (few original manuscripts) than an archives. However, it has a family history center where patrons can view limited-access FamilySearch and Ancestry databases.
- Palatines to America German Genealogy Society Resource Center, Columbus, has an extensive collection of German immigrant ancestor files.
- Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, a top genealogy and local history collection of early Ohio sources. This includes the Inland Rivers Library of the Ohio River and its tributaries (riverboat traffic between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Louisville, Kentucky) in Special Collections.
- Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, a good solid genealogy collection with oral histories, state and county histories, biographies, and genealogies. Youngstown was a portal for immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England entering Ohio.
- Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont, is strong on Ohio history and genealogy, as well as Sandusky River and Great Lakes history, U.S. history and Black studies.
- Southern Ohio Genealogical Society, Hillsboro, publications, programs, library, and links.
- Toledo‑Lucas County Public Library, this is the place to come if you are looking for early Ohio settlers who entered Ohio via the Great Lakes and Toledo. They have Great Lakes traffic records.
- Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, The Western Reserve was a large part of Ohio settled by Connecticut Revolutionary War refugees. This important collection includes original land records, as well as many genealogies, biographies, histories, and Bibles of Pennsylvania and New England. 
- Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor one of six regional history centers of Ohio for records such as newspapers, printed materials, and local government records.
- Repositories in surrounding states: Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia; and in Canada: Ontario.
- Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, millions of books, newspapers, periodicals, and photos about genealogy and family history, biographies, censuses, citizenship, immigration to and from Ohio and the USA, settlement, births, marriages, deaths, and divorces.