Ohio Archives and Libraries

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Archives and libraries often have maps, gazetteers, and other place-finding aids. They frequently have collections of previous research, such as family and local histories and biographies. Many have record-finding aids, such as guides to their own collections or inventories of records housed elsewhere in the state.


The following organizations have major collections or services for genealogical researchers:

National Archives Great Lakes Region (Chicago)
7358 S. Pulaski Rd.
Chicago, IL 60629-5898
Phone: (773)948-9001
Fax: (773)948-9050
E-mail: chicago.archives@nara.gov
Internet: http://www.archives.gov/great-lakes/

National Archives—Central Plains Region (Kansas City)
400 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Telephone: 816-268-8000
Internet: http://www.archives.gov/central-plains/

Special Collections - Archives

  • Archives of Ohio United Methodists
    Ohio Wesleyan University
    Beeghly Library
    43 Rowland Ave. | Delaware, OH 43015
    Telephone: 740-368-3285
  • Erie Lackawanna Historical SocietyErie Lackawanna Historical Society
    History about the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad, Erie Railroad, Erie Lackawanna Railway and related lines.

College and University Libraries - Archives

  • Central State University
    Central State University
    P.O. Box 1004 | 1400 Brush Row Rd. | Wilberforce, OH 45384
    Telephone: 800-388-2781 • (937) 376-6011


  • Cleveland Public Library
    325 Superior Ave. NE, Cleveland, OH 44114-1271
    Phone: (216) 623-2800
    Internet: Cleveland Public Library
  • Columbus Metropolitan Library
    Genealogy, History & Travel
    96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215-4163
    Phone: (614)645-2275
    Internet: Columbus Metropolitan Library

Historical Societies

Almost every county in Ohio has a branch of the OGS that actively collects, preserves, and publishes local records. There are many other societies in Ohio proactive in promoting research.

  • Ohio Historical Society
    Ohio Historical Center
    1982 Velma Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211-2497
    Telephone: 614-297-2510, Fax: 614-297-2546
    Internet: Ohio Genealogical Society
    Guides to collection[2][3]

The Archives Division of the State Historical Society of Ohio primarily collects manuscript records of the state, including government, land, and military records


Family History Library

In the early 1940s the Historical Records Survey produced inventories of county courthouses and archives. These describe the existing records and record-keeping systems. The Family History Library has copies of these inventories for about 30 of the 88 counties in Ohio. These are listed in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:


Guides and Directories

You may also learn about research sources in:

Getting Help with your Genealogy


  1. County by County in Ohio Genealogy. Columbus, Ohio: The State Library, 1978. FHL fiche 6046719; book 977.1 D23o Digital version available through FHL catalog entry.
  2. Lentz, Andrea D., ed. A Guide to Manuscripts at the Ohio Historical Society. Columbus, Ohio: The Ohio Historical Society, 1972. FHL book 977.1 A3ohs Digital version available through FHL catalog entry.
  3. Mettle, Suzanne Wolfe, et al., comps. Genealogical Researcher's Manual with Special References for Using the Ohio Historical Society Library. Columbus, Ohio: Franklin County Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society, 1981. FHL book 977.1 D27g.
  4. Pike, Kermit J. A Guide to the Manuscripts and Archives of the Western Reserve Historical Society. Cleveland, Ohio: The Western Reserve Historical Society, 1972. FHL book 977.1 A3p.
  5. Western Reserve Historical Society. History Library. Card Catalog to the Manuscripts Collection in the Library of the Western Reserve Historical Society. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974. FHL films 934566-69; 934617-18.