The Ohio History Connection has been designated as the State Archives for Ohio. They have helpful online collections and research guides for Ohio genealogy and family history research.

 

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Ohio Death Record Index Search

  • Ohio Department of Health Death Certificates, 1913-1944, 1954-1963
  • Ohio Department of Health Stillborn Death Certificates, 1913-1935, 1942-1953
  • Columbus Board of Health Death Certificates, 1904-1908

Ohio Incarceration Record Index Search, We have cards from inmates admitted to prison between 1888-1923. Cards are from the Ohio Penitentiary & Ohio Reformatory.

Ohio Research Guides

Ohio Digitized Newspapers (also available at LOC Chronicling America), 252 different digitized newspapers representing most counties in Ohio

Ohio History JournalOhio History was established in June 1887 as the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Quarterly. For more than one hundred years, the journal has published peer-reviewed articles and book reviews on topics spanning the political, military, social, economic, and cultural history of our region.

Ohio History Central

Ohio Timeline Index

Ohio Memory, digital images from the Ohio History Connection, the State Library of Ohio, and 360+ other institutions

  • Ohio Digitized Newspapers (also available at LOC Chronicling America), 252 different digitized newspapers representing most counties in Ohio
  • Photos by place name, click on a locale in Ohio and see all digitized photos in the collection for that locale
  • Photos by subject, type or select a subject or keyword and see all digitized photos in the collection for that subject
  • Photos by contributor
  • 1840s Campaign Newspapers
  • The Akron Reporter
  • The Albert J. Ewing Collection, plate negatives taken by traveling photographer Albert J. Ewing at the of turn of the 20th century in Ohio and West Virginia, including many portraits of individuals and families
  • The Alliance High School’s Red and Blue is the student newspaper for Alliance High School. The collection contains issues from the 1920s through the 1960s held by Rodman Public Library.
  • The Alliance Review contains newspaper issues covering 1916-1920. Content relates to community news from the city of Alliance and its surrounding townships in Stark, Mahoning, Portage and Columbiana counties
  • The Americké Dělnické Listy (American Workingmen’s News) documents Cleveland Czechs, one of the city’s oldest and largest ethnic groups, as well as Czech-American Socialists.
  • Amherst Newspapers contains newspaper issues from the Amherst Free Press (1875-1879), Amherst Weekly News (1914-1919), Amherst Times (1917-1919) and Amherst News-Times (1919-1921, 1928-2017
  •  The Amherst Public Library Digital Collection contains photographs and yearbooks from Amherst, as well as documents relating to the early years of this historic city in northeastern Ohio.
  • The Archaeology Collection contains artifacts from the Paleo-Indian Period through the Historic Period.
  • The Athens County Gazette, published in Athens, Ohio, covers the lives and activities of residents of Athens, Athens County and surrounding areas. This Ohio History Connection collection covers the period of 1897-1909.
  • The Bluffton Public Library Digital Archive Collection includes images and documents about Bluffton, Ohio.
  • The Caniff Collection consists of artifacts that document the life of cartoonist Milton Caniff.
  • The Chillicothe Advertiser was a Democratic newspaper
  •  Cincinnati Federal Land Office Records document the history of this office and its role in carrying out provisions of the Harrison Land Act. Included are purchase certificates, letters, power-of-attorney paperwork, and more.
  • The Circleville Democrat and Watchman, published in Circleville, Ohio, was a Democratic paper documenting the lives and activities of the residents of Circleville and Pickaway County. This Ohio History Connection collection covers 1875-1890
  • Civil War Era Newspapers of Mount Vernon, contributed by the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, is comprised of two Knox County newspapers, The Democratic Banner and The Mt. Vernon Republican, during the period of 1860-1865.
  • The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Digital Archive contains photographs, letters, newspaper clippings and other memorabilia related to the library and city history.
  • Clyde Public Library’s Thaddeus B. Hurd Digital Archive contains photos, advertisements, catalogs, directories, programs, and other ephemera important to the history of Clyde, Ohio.
  • The Columbus Westbote, was a German-language newspaper published in Columbus, Ohio. Considered the “Democratic Bible,” it served German immigrants and their families in the German Village neighborhood of Columbus, the state of Ohio and beyond. This Ohio History Connection collection covers the period of 1843-1862
  • Connecting to Collections contains model policies from Ohio and national institutions which outline “best practices” in preservation and provide guidance to other organizations.
  • The Defiance Public Library System Digital Archive contains the Defiance County yearbook collection, Historic Homes of Defiance County collection, the Edward Bronson Photograph Collection and other historic items from Defiance County.
  • The Delaware County Historical Society Digital Collection contains photographs and city directories documenting the history of Delaware County.
  • The Delaware Daily Journal-Herald contains newspaper issues covering 1914-1919. Content relates to community news from Delaware, Delaware County and surrounding communities
  • The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma is one of three (3) federally-recognized Shawnee tribes: the Eastern Shawnee on the Oklahoma-Missouri border near Wyandotte, OK; the Absentee Shawnee near Shawnee, OK; and the Shawnee Tribe in Miami, OK. The Tribe is proud to partner with Ohio History Connection to present a digital library of its past and cultural heritage.
  • The Evergreen Community Library Digital Collection contains the library’s local history collections as well as material from the  Metamora Area Historical Society, and represents the communities of Berkey, (Ai) Fulton, Chesterfield, Lyons, and Metamora, Ohio.
  • The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Digital Collection includes yearbooks, photographs, publications, and other materials regarding the history of Hancock County, Ohio.
  • The Gay Ohio History Initiative (GOHI) Collection, created through a partnership between the Ohio History Connection, Outlook Weekly and The Gay Ohio History Initiative, documents the history of LGBT Ohio and Ohioans, through photographs, objects, ephemera and printed materials.
  • The Gay Ohio History Initiative (GOHI) Community Collection is a collecting initiative, developed by the Ohio History Connection and community partners, designed to collect, preserve, and share Ohio’s LGBTQ history.
  • The Gospel Herald, printed in New Carlisle, Ohio, was an anti-slavery newspaper published as part of the “Christian movement” tradition which embraced political and religious democracy and rejected sectarian beliefs and practices.  This Ohio History Connection collection covers 1859-1861.
  • Grand Valley Public Library Valley Memories consists of photographs from various towns within the Grand Valley area in Ashtabula County, Ohio, and parts of northern Trumbull County. Those neighborhoods include Colebrook, Orwell, East Orwell, Windsor, Rome, Hartsgrove, New Lyme, Rock Creek, Greene, Wayne, and Bloomfield. Many of these photographs date from the mid-1800s through the early 1900s. The assorted photographs depict the lifestyle and scenery of a bygone era.
  • The Hamilton Intelligencer was a Whig and Republican newspaper documenting Hamilton and Butler County, Ohio. This Ohio History Connection collection covers 1828-1856.
  • Harris-Elmore Public Library Grace Luebke Local History & Genealogy Digital Collections contain a variety of family history records, including birth, church, court, death and probate court records, documenting Ottawa County and surrounding areas. The collections also include photographs, maps, newspaper articles and more.
  • The Huron Historical Society Digital Collection follows the organization’s mission to “acquire, preserve, study, maintain and exhibit historical documents, photographs and other materials relating to the history and progress of the Huron community.”
  • The Ida Rupp Public Library Digital Collection contains photographs documenting World War II soldiers from Port Clinton, Ohio, of the 37th Infantry Division, Tank Company C, many of whom perished during the Bataan Death March and over three years as prisoners of war.
  • The Joe Munroe Collection from the Ohio History Connection contains a sampling of professional photographer Joe Munroe’s extensive photographic archives, which primarily document United States agriculture and rural life from the 1940s to the 1970s.
  • The John Sherman Manuscript Collection from the State Library of Ohio documents the life of Sherman (1823-1900), brother of United States General William T. Sherman.
  • The Kent Tribune contains newspaper issues covering 1917-1929. This Kent Historical Society collection documents Kent, Ohio, and features news from around the world, and nation as well. This particular period of time includes World War I and ends just before the collapse of the stock market and economy in 1929.
  • The Kenton Graphic-News-Republican was a Republican newspaper documenting Kenton and Hardin County, Ohio. This Ohio History Connection collection covers 1911-1920.
  • The Lakeside Heritage Society Archives contains photographs documenting the Lakeside and Marblehead Peninsula area in Ottawa County, Ohio, a popular resort destination for many years.
  • The Lebanon Western Star reported the local news and activities of the citizens of Lebanon, Warren County and nearby areas for 206 years. This Warren County Genealogical Society collection covers 1807-1922.
  • The Lima Times-Democrat was a Democratic newspaper documenting Lima and Allen County, Ohio. This Ohio History Connection collection covers 1900-1902, 1905-1907 and 1909-1912.
  • The Logan County Digital Collection includes postcards, photographs and books depicting historic Logan County, including Indian Lake and the railroad depot.  This is a joint project of the Logan County Libraries and the Logan County Historical Society.
  • Lorain County Memory is a collaborative collection assembled by Lorain Public Library System in partnership with the Lorain Historical Society. Collections include historic photographs, documents, newspaper articles, artifacts and audiovisual resources.
  • The Lorain Historical Society Digital Collection contains photographs and slides of the Lorain International Festival from the John Milas Collection.
  • The Mahoning Dispatch documents Canfield and surrounding communities in Mahoning County, Ohio. This Ellsworth Historical Society collection covers 1877-1881.
  • The Mahoning Dispatch documents Canfield and surrounding communities in Mahoning County, Ohio. This Ellsworth Historical Society collection covers 1877-1881.
  • Massillon Memory, from the collections of the Massillon Public Library, contains photographs, letters, diaries, transcriptions, newspaper clippings, yearbooks, city directories, maps and other documents recording the history of the area.
  • The McComb Public Library Digital Collection contains McComb-area yearbooks, historical photographs and documents, and items from the library’s Andrews Raiders History Display.
  • The Morrow County Republican contains newspaper issues covering 1910-1919. This Republican newspaper documents the people and activities of Mt. Gilead, Morrow County and surrounding communities in central Ohio.
  • The Museum of Fulton County Digital Collection is a compilation of images and documents from the society’s collection to aid in historical and genealogical research of Fulton County, Ohio.
  • The Muskingum County Collection contains a variety of content such as printed materials, manuscripts, postcards and drawings, that document the history of Muskingum County.  The items in this collection are held by the Ohio History Connection.
  • My War: Northwest Ohioans Remember World War II was made possible through a NORWELD (Northwest Regional Library System) program. These oral histories from seven member libraries document individual stories of World War II, covering life in the military and the impact of the war on the homefront.
  • The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center collection contains photographs, letters, manuscripts, newspaper articles, ephemera and more from the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, chronicles African American history in and out of Ohio. Materials in this collection are held at the Center in Wilberforce, Ohio.
  • The New Deal Collection (1933-1939) consists of select materials, mainly photographs, from the Ohio History Connection, to present Ohio’s role as an example of national New Deal policies and initiatives.
  • The Noble County Republican contains newspaper issues covering 1880-1887. Content relates to community news from Caldwell and Noble County.
  • The North Canton Sun, published in North Canton, Ohio, reported on the daily happenings of North Canton, from speeding arrests to sporting events to the popular “Everybody’s Column.”  This collection was digitized through a partnership between the North Canton Public Library and the North Canton Heritage Society and covers the years 1922-2001.
  • Northwest Narratives, made possible through a NORWELD (Northwest Regional Library System) program, contains over 290 interviews from 16 northwest Ohio libraries on topics ranging from World War II to the impact of the railroad.
  • The Ohio Battle Flag Collection includes images of more than five hundred flags from the Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I and World War II, belonging to the Ohio Adjutant General and cared for by the Ohio History Connection.
  • The Ohio Governors Collection, although still a work-in-progress, will soon have the complete run of State of the State Addresses of Ohio’s governors, plus portraits, campaign posters, and other material documenting the state’s highest office.
  • The Ohio Guide Collection consists of photographs collected for use in the Ohio Guide and other publications of the Federal Writers’ Project in Ohio, 1935-1939.
  • The Ohio History Connection Community Collection was developed as a part of the commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial.  The collection includes Civil War-era document and photograph collections submitted by individuals from around the state.
  • The Ohio History Connection Finding Aids Collection lets you search the full text of finding aids for manuscript and audiovisual materials in the organization’s archives.
  • Ohio History Connection Selections contains a wide variety of digitized material drawn from the Ohio History Connection’s extensive archival collections.
  • The Ohio Jewish Chronicle features the history of the Columbus Jewish community as recorded weekly from 1918 through 1994, in partnership between the OJC, the Columbus Jewish Historical Society and the Ohio History Connection.
  • The Ohio Memory Collection is comprised of over 4,500 selections contributed from the holdings of libraries, museums, and historical societies from across the state.
  • The Ohio National Guard Collection includes hundreds of images from the archives of the   Ohio Army National Guard. Photographs primarily represent battalions and companies made up of Ohio servicemen, as well as individual soldiers and officers shown on and off the battlefield.
  • Ohio Newspaper Selections contains small runs of newspapers from across the state. This Ohio History Connection collection currently has scattered issues from five newspapers published 1834-1858.
  • The Ohio State Journal was Ohio’s paper of record for much of the 19th and early 20th centuries, delivering up-to-date news on a variety of topics to readers in central Ohio and beyond. This collection,  funded in part through an Institute of Museum and Library Services LSTA grant, includes 1832-1879 and portions of 1885, 1889 and 1909.
  • The Ohio State Monitor, published in Columbus, Ohio, was an African American paper reporting on the activities of the African American and Baptist Church community in Columbus, Franklin County and around the entire state of Ohio.  This Ohio History Connection collection covers 1918-1920.
  • The Ohio State News, published in Columbus, Ohio, was an African American paper reporting on the news and activities of the African American community in Columbus, Ohio, as well as across the state and nation. This collection covers 1944-1952 and was funded by the Columbus Metropolitan Library in partnership with the Ohio History Connection.
  • Ohio State of the State Addresses contains the annual addresses of Ohio’s governors. Currently, the addresses in the collection begin with 1923, but we are adding addresses regularly, working back to 1803 and forward to the present.
  • Ohio State Summer Library School consists of a variety of materials pertaining to the 1917 summer library school conducted by the Ohio Board of Library Commissioners, as well as plans for the 1918 school.  Materials include student records, course outlines, brochures, correspondence and more.
  • The Ohio Statesman was a Democratic paper printed in Columbus, the seat of Franklin County, Ohio, in 1855-70.
  • The Ohioana Library Digital Collection includes scrapbooks and other items from the Ohioana Library, which was founded in 1929 to collect, preserve, and celebrate Ohio literature and other artistic endeavors.
  • The Oral History Collection provides access to our collections of video, audio and interactive oral histories and will continue to grow as we continue collecting interviews across the state. The Ohio History Connection is dedicated to preserving the memories of Ohioans from all walks of life.
  • The Ottawa County Museum Digital Collection aids with the museum’s mission to preserve and protect records and artifacts pertinent to the development of Ottawa County, to provide educational information and to create a lasting memory for future generations to study.
  • The Pemberville Public Library Digital Archives, in cooperation with the Pemberville-Freedom Area Historical Society, features digital images from the Dale M. Bruning Local and Family History Room and other sources available to the public through the library’s collections.
  • The Putnam County Historical Society Digital Collection includes material relating to Putnam County, Ohio, and its local communities. Material in the collection relates primarily to the Civil War and its impact in the region.
  • The Rossford Country and Town, a Rossford Public Library collection, documents the community and citizens of Rossford, Ohio, from 1963 to 1966.
  • The Rossford Public Library Digital Collection contains over 1,000 items of historical significance from the local community in Wood County. Highlights include photographs of the Libbey-Owens-Ford glass company, Rossford High School yearbooks and photos, class photos from Walnut Street School, and historic pictures and documents related to the library.
  • The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums Digital Collection contains The Diary and Letters of Rutherford B. Hayes, Nineteenth President of the United States, edited by Charles Richard Williams. This material is full-text searchable and covers 1834-1893.
  • The Salem Homestead Journal and Village Register collection includes three newspapers documenting Salem and Columbiana County, Ohio, as well as the abolition and land reform movements of the mid-19th century. This Ohio History Connection collection covers 1842-1855.
  • The Sauder Village Digital Collection contains a selection of images and documents relating to this historic site in Archbold, Ohio, and to the history of the Great Black Swamp region of northwest Ohio.
  • Seneca County Digital Library preserves the history of Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio. The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library’s items highlighted include Jr. O.U.A.M. Home photos and documents, 1913 flood postcards, and area yearbooks.
  • The Shelby County Democrat was a Democratic newspaper documenting Sidney and Shelby County, Ohio. This Ohio History Connection collection covers 1869-1883.
  • The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Digital Collection includes materials from their archives, which span the 19th-21st centuries and include an extensive collection of photographs, audio-visual material and artifacts, as well as paper materials, and primarily documents the history, spirituality, and mission work of the Community throughout the U.S. and abroad. The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati is an apostolic Catholic community of women religious founded in 1852.
  • The Southeast Ohio History Center Digital Collection includes some of the institution’s over 60,000 items relating to the cultural heritage of Southeastern Ohio. The digital images include many family photographs, snapshots of coal and other industries, as well as pictures from across the world taken by Ohioans in military service.
  • State Library of Ohio Board Meeting Minutes contains digitized approved minutes from monthly library board meetings. The minutes detail the activities of the State Library, grants awarded, decisions made, and other information on the State Library of Ohio and its board.
  • The State Library of Ohio Collection includes pieces of the library’s history. The State Library of Ohio was established in 1817 as a library for state government but, 200 years later, serves Ohioans from all walks of life.
  • State Library of Ohio County Atlases includes maps and atlases of Ohio counties from 1845 to 1980. Select atlases feature local county histories, images of citizens and places of business. The collection is a collaborative effort between the State Library of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Transportation.
  • The State Library of Ohio Digital Collection contains born-digital electronic publications and documents produced by State of Ohio agencies, as well as items that have been digitized from the original paper version. More items are regularly being added to this growing collection.
  • The State Library of Ohio Historical Documents collection contains digital copies of select items from the Ohio Rare Government Documents paper collection, which spans two centuries. Items were produced by state agencies and were then made available by the State Library.
  • State Library of Ohio Rare Books includes a wide variety of original books from the collections of the State Library of Ohio, related to politics, central Ohio, gardening, religion and more. Most books are available in their entirety.
  • The State Library of Ohio State Hospitals collection contains annual reports and documents from state hospitals and asylums in Athens, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Gallipolis, Masillon, and Toledo. Reports include narratives of the year’s activities, financial information for each hospital, and rosters of hospital employees.
  • The State Library of Ohio World War II collection contains a variety of materials related to the period during which the U.S. was involved in the war (1941-1945). These include items related to the homefront – such as rationing stamps – and propaganda pieces distributed at home and abroad.
  • The Swanton Public Library Digital Collection consists of slides created from photographs belonging to Swanton residents, showing the area’s history.
  • The Toledo and Ohio Central Railroad Field Books, generously shared by a private collector and on loan to the State Library of Ohio for digitization, contain field notes from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • The Toledo Lucas County Public Library Community Photo Album contains digitized photographs and digital still images contributed to the library from the citizens of Toledo and Lucas County as a means of preserving the visual heritage of the community across the years and as it is being created in the present.
  • The Toledo Lucas County Public Library Digital Collections features unique and rare materials that document the history and culture of Toledo and Northwest Ohio, including photographs, correspondence, memoirs, books, rare and government documents. We hope you enjoy our collections!
  • The Toledo Lucas County Public Library Newspaper Collections contains newspapers documenting the history of the city of Toledo, Lucas County, and Northwest Ohio.
  • Treasurer of the State of Ohio Annual Reports is an online compilation of Annual Reports published by the Treasurer’s office since the early 1800s, documenting its efforts to invest, protect and manage the State of Ohio’s money. This collection is made available through the State Library of Ohio, in partnership with the office of the Treasurer of the State.
  • The Trumbull County Historical Society Digital Collection contains selections from their collection of 15,000-20,000 items relating to the history of Trumbull County and the Connecticut Western Reserve.
  • The Valley News Collection, contributed by the Grand Valley Public Library, contains newspaper issues documenting the Grand Valley and Pymatuning Valley areas of northeastern Ohio.
  • The Van Wert Times contains newspaper issues covering 1884-1894. This Democratic newspaper documents the people and activities of Van Wert, Van Wert County and surrounding communities in northwest Ohio.
  • The Wadsworth Public Library Digital Collection includes  material related to a cyclone that hit Medina City on April 8, 1890;  the famous Blue Tip Festival and the Ohio Match Company; the Whisperer High School yearbook collection; local churches and historic homes; and more.
  • The Way Public Library Digital Archive Collection presents Perrysburg history, which features collections related to local neighborhoods and schools, community sports teams, Perrysburg veterans, area businesses and more.
  • The Wayne County Democrat contains newspaper issues covering November 1913. It was owned by the same company as the Wooster Daily News, and served to document Wooster and surrounding communities in northeast Ohio from 1826 through 1920 when it was absorbed by the Wooster Daily Record.
  • Wayne County, Ohio Through the Years includes a variety of photographs found in the Wayne County Public Library collection, such as school photos, people with Wayne County connections, and historical structures.
  • West Jefferson Remembers is an online collection committed to interpreting and preserving the history of West Jefferson while making it available to the public.
  • The White Castle Digital Collection highlights the company’s corporate archives, housed at the Ohio History Center. Items in the collection include coupons and advertising handouts, photographs and dozens of vintage advertising posters.
  • The Wilbur H. Siebert Underground Railroad Collection contains correspondence, notes, maps, photographs and more related to the Underground Railroad.
  • The William Jackson Armstrong Manuscript Collection includes some of the correspondence between Armstrong (1841-1913), a historian and political activist, and former State Librarian Charles B. Galbreath (1858-1934).
  • Wood County District Public Library Black Swamp Memories is an online scrapbook of historical images and documents illustrating the history and development of the northwestern Ohio region formerly known as the Great Black Swamp.
  • The Wood County Historical Center & Museum Digital Collection holds materials primarily related to the oil industry, the Civil War and “Unity Day” in opposition to a KKK rally in Bowling Green.
  • The Wooster Daily News contains newspaper issues covering 1906-1913 and 1917-1920.
  • The Wooster Daily Republican contains newspaper issues covering 1917-1920.
  • World War I in Ohio includes content from the holdings of the Ohio History Connection and 15 other cultural heritage institutions across Ohio capturing the overarching narrative of WWI–from ordinary stories to extraordinary ones, and from the home front to the battlefront.
  • World War II Oral Histories, digitized from analog tapes in the collections of the Ohio History Connection and uploaded for the public, examines life during the Great Depression through the end of World War II. It includes 54 videos available at higher and lower quality, as well as transcripts to accompany each interview.
  • Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor (an Ohio History Connection site) provides a dramatic overview of the impact of the iron and steel industry on Youngstown and other Mahoning Valley communities.
  • The Zanesville Signal covers the lives and activities of residents of Zanesville, Muskingum County and surrounding areas. This Ohio History Connection collection includes semi-weekly and weekly editions covering 1897-1904.
  • The Zoar Collection includes over 1,500 items used by the historic residents of Zoar, a small community in Tuscarawas County founded by a group of German separatists in 1817, as well as archival material related to the community and its settlers.
  • Coming again soon, The Graves Registration Cards Collection was created by the Ohio Adjutant General’s Department with records of soldiers from the Revolutionary War until World War II. This collection is no longer available on Ohio Memory, but will be fully indexed and available through another Ohio History Connection online resource in the coming months, and is currently available in both image and index form through Fold3, a product of Ancestry.com.

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