Category Archives: Genealogy

New Records Available for Research Online

Thanks to our dedicated volunteers and staff, two more sets of death records have been added to our online Death Certificate Index. That’s over 35,000 new records for you to search! Columbus Death Certificates, 1904-1908. Previously unavailable, the Columbus Death … Continue reading

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How to Overcome Brick Wall Problems in German-American Research at the Ohio History Center, March 15

The Ohio Historical Society, in partnership with Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society and the Columbus Metropolitan Library, is proud to host nationally-renowned genealogist Dr. Michael Lacopo at the Ohio History Center on Saturday, March 15, from 10:30am – 12:30pm, as … Continue reading

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Finding the Leaves of Your Family Tree in the Pages of Online Newspapers

Newspapers contain a wealth of information for those researching their family history. Whether it’s a birth announcement, death notice, business advertisement or report about a crime, you can find all kinds of things in newspapers. And while these historical treasures … Continue reading

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Unique Holiday Gift Ideas from OHS

“Back Up” Stocking Stuffers Looking for stocking stuffers for the student, researcher, or professional in your life? Instead of throwing another candy bar in that stocking – why not include an Ohio History 4GB USB drive? We can all use … Continue reading

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What are Manumission Registers?

And more importantly, how do you find them? They are registers of free African Americans living in Ohio prior to the Civil War. Those that have survived are a rich genealogical and historical resource. The book Registers of Blacks in … Continue reading

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Two Genealogy Workshops in July

There are two genealogy workshops that you can take in July! Getting the Most From Online Sources The World Wide Web has been a boon to family historians, allowing “touch of a button” access to all sorts of information. But … Continue reading

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African American Genealogical Resources Workshop

African American Genealogical Resources Thirty-five years ago Alex Haley’s Roots prompted an unanticipated surge in peoples’ desire to examine their roots. While Haley’s efforts were directed toward developing his own ancestry, his narrative ignited a passion for family research in … Continue reading

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I Found It In the Archives Contest: Finalist Sharen Bowers

Finalist: Sharen Bowers To place your vote click here. During one of my family history research quests at the Ohio Historical Archives/Library, I was fast forwarding through microfilm of an old Scio, Harrison County, Ohio newspaper, The Scio Weekly Herald, … Continue reading

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I Found It In the Archives Contest Finalist: Doug Tracy

Finalist: Doug Tracy To place your vote click here. I grew up knowing little about my family’s history. However, for some inexplicable reason, one extremely vague story did stick with me over the years – a strange tale about an … Continue reading

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I Found It In the Archives Contest: George E. Biggs

Finalist: George E. Biggs To place your vote click here. According to the death certificate of my second great grandfather, Nathaniel Keeran, he was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, 11 December 1801. I previously found his father, Reuben Keeran, my … Continue reading

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