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The Ohio Genealogical Society is the largest state genealogical society in the United States. It has been in existence since 1959 and is located in Bellville in Richland County. The library and archives is a state-of-the-art facility, holding a huge library plus a manuscript archives. Its Ohio Bible Records collection is particularly valuable. Reach the organization at
The Society has individual chapters in almost every county in the state. These chapters provide expert help for people researching ancestors in their areas. Many maintain local genealogical libraries. Contact the chapters through addresses found on the OGS website at
The collection of the State Library of Ohio that pertains to genealogical research has been turned over the the Columbus Public Library. If you find older publications telling you to visit the State Library, contact the Columbus Public Library instead.
Ohio has a network of region archives called the Ohio Network of American History Research Centers (ONAHRC). Records not held at the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus are divided among the seven ONAHRC Centers according to the region in which a county falls. Centers are located in Akron, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton and Youngstown.
Heritage Pursuit is a website containing almost all of the large 19th and early 20th century Ohio county histories. The books have been scanned and indexed. Access is available free through a membership in The Ohio Genealogical Society.
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library in Fremont, Ohio holds a large collection of genealogical materials for the northwestern part of the state. Its on-line obituary index is one of the finest available.
The Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio offers a wealth of resources for genealogy research, including seminars and classes and outstanding historical and genealogical collections. The library specializes in those eastern states families who settled in what was called the Connecticut Western Reserve.
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Genealogy and Local History Department provides research level resources and services in the following areas: local history and culture, river history, genealogy and African American history.