Ohio Newspapers and Obituaries

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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Ohio  Gotoarrow.png  Newspapers and Obituaries

Newspapers provide valuable genealogical information, including obituaries, marriage announcements, biographical sketches, divorce notices, and so forth. Other personal information may be included in various sections of a newspaper. There are many English and foreign-language newspapers from the early days of Ohio. Although these publications were often related to political or religious causes, they contain valuable genealogical information.


Resources for Ohio Newspapers

Digital Issues Online

Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives

Web Sites for Obituary and Newspaper Indexes


  • The Ohio Historical Societyhas a centralized collection of newspapers gathered by the Ohio State Library, Ohio State University Library, the Historical Records Survey, and other institutions. Detailed guides that will help you locate these publications are:
    • Pioneer Ohio Newspapers, 1793- 1810[1] Contains genealogical and historical abstracts from various newspapers.
    • Pioneer Ohio Newspapers, 1802-1818: Genealogical and Historical Abstracts[2] Contains abstracts of items mentioning local persons from several state newspapers.
    • Guide to Ohio Newspapers, 1793-1973[3] This is a complete bibliography of all extant newspapers published in Ohio.
    • Guide to Newspaper Holdings at the Center for Archival Collections [4] Contains an inventory of the newspapers at the Bowling Green State University, which come from 19 northwest Ohio counties.

Many periodicals publish obituary records. These are referenced in the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI), which is described in the "Periodicals" page.

Family History Library

The Family History Library acquires published newspaper abstracts and obituary lists for Ohio. Obituary records are also listed in the Place Search of the The Family History Library Catalog under:


Web Sites


  1. Green, Karen Mauer. Pioneer Ohio Newspapers, 1793- 1810. Galveston, Texas: The Frontier Press, 1986. (Family History Library book 977.1 B38g.)
  2. Green, Karen Mauer. Pioneer Ohio Newspapers, 1802-1818: Genealogical and Historical Abstracts. Galveston, Texas: The Frontier Press, 1988.
  3. Gutgesell, Stephen, ed. Guide to Ohio Newspapers, 1793-1973. Columbus: Ohio Historical Society, 1974. (Family History Library book 977.1 A3g; fiche 6049903.)
  4. Levinson, Marilyn, ed. Guide to Newspaper Holdings at the Center for Archival Collections. 3rd ed. Bowling Green, Ohio: Center for Archival Collections, Bowling Green State University, 1991. (Family History Library book 977.1 B33g 1991.)