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Genealogical Resources

Online Catalog

Our collection includes many other resources including cemetery books, birth, death and marriage indexes, family and county histories and many other items pertaining to genealogical research. Search the catalog to explore our holdings.

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Submit a Research Request

The Research Center offers a research services for patrons seeking genealogical and historical information. For complete details and forms visit our orders & fees page.

American Indian Ancestry

Genealogical Resources

1940 US Census

The 1940 US Federal Census will be made available to the public on April 2, 2012. Find out more.

Research Tools

Charts & Forms

Keeping your notes organized is key to genealogical research. Use the charts below to keep track of your information. If you plan to visit the Research Center it is helpful to bring a pedigree chart along with you. When completing a pedigree chart, begin with yourself and work backwards.

Research Guides & Resources

These guides provide an introduction to researching various topics in the OHS Research Center.
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Genealogy Subscription Websites

Available in the Research Center
The Research Center offers free in-library access to Ancestry Library Edition® and HeritageQuest Online™ and Fold3.com. These sites allow patrons visiting the Research Center to search, view and print various genealogical records, documents and images.

Ancestry Library® offers US Census, ship logs and passenger indexes, WWI draft registration cards, vital records, and the Social Security Death Index.

HeritageQuest™ also includes US Census as well as Revolutionary War pension & bounty-land warrant applications; the Freedman's Bank (1856-1874); and PERSI (Periodical Source Index), an index of almost 2 million genealogical and local history articles.

Fold3.com (formerly Footnote.com) includes documents relating to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, US Presidents, American Indian records, historical newspapers, naturalization documents, and more.