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Family Researcher

The Ohio History Connection has extensive resources for you to begin or continue your study of your family’s history. The Archives/Library at the Ohio History Center is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, and librarians are available to help you understand the resources available to you there. In addition there are numerous online resources that you can access anywhere anytime. Plus, we encourage you to attend a genealogy workshop; some are held at Ohio History Center and some at the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

And, of course we recommend talking to family members about their memories, visiting historical sites, considering joining a local history or genealogical organization, and visiting a library or the Ohio History Shop to find books about Ohio history. See the links below for many details.
Getting Started

Getting Started

Interested in learning more about your family's history? Get started with a Genealogy Workshop or Family History Sheet. 

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Visit the Archives/Library

Visit the Archives/Library

Search for documents, muster rolls, county and state records, newspapers, books, microfilm, or use databases such as Ancestry.com.

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Dig Deeper

Dig Deeper

Learn more about materials such as letters, city directories, land records and military records. 

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Search Online

Search Online

Find family history resources online through: 

Select Ohio Public Records Index

Ohio Memory

Ohio Digital Newspaper Portal

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Products & Services

Products & Services

Shop for products and services to help you on your family history journey. 

Family Archival Kit

Reproduction Prints

Copies & Research Requests

Explore More

Explore More

Take advantage of these great resources:

Visit museums historic sites

Connect with your local history

Subscribe to Timeline

Become A Member

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