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

The National Archives branch in Kansas City has the records of regional federal offices for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, [1]including the following:

  • Federal naturalization records
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs and other American Indian records
  • Copies of federal census, military, and immigration records

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 Society
    Erie 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 Services
    96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215-4163
    Phone: (614)645-2275
    Internet: Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • State Library of Ohio
    Genealogical Section
    65 South Front Street Rm 308, Columbus, OH 43215-4163
    Telephone: 800–686–1532 or 614- 644–6966, Fax: 614-728-2789
    Internet: State Library of Ohio
    Guide to collection[2]

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 [[Ohio Societies|societies] in Ohio proactive in promoting research.

  • Ohio Genealogical Society
    713 S. Main Street, Mansfield, OH 44907-1644
    Phone: (419) 756-7294, Fax: (419) 756-8681
    Internet: Ohio Genealogical Society
  • 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[3][4]

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 & Directories

You may also learn about research sources in:

  • Guide to Manuscript Collections and Institutional Records in Ohio, Family History Library book  977.1 A34s
  • Guide to Ohio County and Municipal Records for Urban Research. Family History Library book 977.1 A3, fiche  6051197
  • Directory of Museums, Historical Societies, and Associated Organizations in Ohio  Family History Library book  977.1 C4  


  1. Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking. The Archives: A Guide to National Archives Field Branches. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, 1988. (Family History Library book 973 A3sz.)
  2. County by County in Ohio Genealogy. Columbus, Ohio: The State Library, 1978. (Family History Library book 977.1 D23o; fiche 6046719.)
  3. Lentz, Andrea D., ed. A Guide to Manuscripts at the Ohio Historical Society. Columbus, Ohio: The Ohio Historical Society, 1972. (Family History Library book 977.1 A3ohs.)
  4. 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. (Family History Library book 977.1 D27g.)
  5. Pike, Kermit J. A Guide to the Manuscripts and Archives of the Western Reserve Historical Society. Cleveland, Ohio: The Western Reserve Historical Society, 1972. (Family History Library book 977.1 A3p.)
  6. 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. (Family History Library films 934566-69; 934617-18.)