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Local History & Genealogy Center

Helpful Websites
Ashtabula County District Library -  Includes an obituary index and a surname index to genealogies in the collection
Aspiration, Acculturation and Impact
  - Harvard University Library's Open Collections Program, genealogy genre
Bowling Green State University - Genealogical research aids, including manuscript collections and local government for Northwest Ohio counties

Caring For Your Treasures Resource Center, AIC - From the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)
Castle Garden - Immigration information, 1820-1892 (before Ellis Island)
Chronicling America - Historic American newspapers, from the Library of Congress. Includes some Trumbull County papers.
Cleveland Necrology File - Cleveland area cemetery records and newspaper death notices, from the Cleveland Public Library (CPL)
Cleveland Public Library - CPL's genealogy page, with books and search guides
Columbus News Index - Index of news articles covering people, places, and events in Franklin and surrounding counties, from the Columbus Metropolitan Library
Cyndi's List - Categorized genealogy links, forms, and other resources

Eastman's Online Genealogical Newsletter -  Daily historical and genealogical articles and news aggregator, complete with social networking links. 

Ellis Island Online - Passenger records from Ellis Island, 1892-1924
Enumeration District Locator - Find the Enumeration District for a location in the 1940 census (or earlier)

Family Historian Research Aids - List of tutorials, guides, and helpful links for family researchers
Family Search - Database of records, family trees, and other resources; free to use

Find-a-Grave - Search for graves of ancestors, cemetery information, and related records

Genealogy Blog - Genealogy news aggregator.
Genealogy Gateway - Lists of helpful Web links, guides, and other resources
General Register Office, Original Vital Records for England and Wales (1837-) - Where to order birth, marriage, death, and other records from England and Wales

Hamilton County Genealogical Society Gazette - Monthly publication on genealogy topics

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Ireland General Register Office, Original Civil Vital Records (1864-) - Where to order birth, marriage, death, and other records from Ireland

Marietta College - Digitized manuscripts and other historical resources


National Archives Genealogy Resources - Census, immigration, and other records and guides

National Archives of the United Kingdom - Access to vital records for UK countries

National Archive Veterans Service Records - Request military service records, learn about researching military records

Ohio Adoption Records - How to request adoption records from the Ohio Department of Health
Ohio Archives and libraries - Listing of Ohio archives and libraries with links

Ohio Death Records and Indexes - Guide to finding obituaries, cemetery burials, and death records
Ohio Family Search - Includes obituary and vital record indexing for the Massillon, Ohio area
Ohio Genealogical Society - Information about the OGS as well as some research resources
Ohio History Central - Online encyclopedia on Ohio history topics, from Ohio History Connection
Ohio History Connection - Formerly the Ohio Historical Society; events and news on Ohio history topics

Ohio History Connection's Select Ohio Public Records Index

Ohio Network of American History Research - Links to archives around Ohio

Ohio Obituary Index - Search for obituaries, death and marriage notices, and other sources at libraries throughout Ohio

Ohio's Probate Courts - Contact information for Ohio probate courts by county
Ohio Public Records Index - Search for and request copies of death certificates for certain time ranges
Ohio Soldiers' & Sailors' Orphans' Home - Records on children applying to live in the home from 1877-1919

Past Pursuits -Digital quarterly newsletter on local history and genealogy topics, from Akron-Summit County Public Library

Pennsylvania 1927 Agricultural Census - Census manuscripts by county, from the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission

Photogrammer - Depression-era photos from throughout the US, organized by county, from Yale University

Preble County District Library - Includes links to genealogical and historical records

Preserving Your Family Treasures - Guides on caring for photographs, documents, and other items, from the Library of Congress
Probate Court of Cuyahoga County - Allows docket search for marriages, estates, guardianships, trusts, etc.
Probate Court of Hamilton County - Public Inquiry section accesses case, marriage, mental health and archives searches

Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County - Genealogy research and contact information for Mahoning County

Rootsweb Slave Database - Alphabetical database from the International Society of Sons and Daughters of Slave Ancestry

Small Town Papers -Over 250 free small town papers, dating back to 1846
Stark County Recorder - Searchable archives; requires free registration


Terminology and Meanings of Genealogical Terms - Alphabetical listing of genealogical abbreviations and terms, antiquated illnesses and occupations, nicknames and other words
Trumbull County Archives - Houses Trumbull County maps, deeds, and other records

USGenWeb - Free genealogy websites listed by state

West Virginia Death Certificates - Searchable death records by county through 1963

Western Reserve Historical Society – Library Collections Search 

Where to write for Vital Records - From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)