Ohio Family History Societies (A)

This section lists the state-wide associations of Ohio.  It then lists associations from Alliance to Athens and Ashland Museum giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Statewide and Regional Societies

County and Other Societies

Statewide and Regional Societies

Ohio Genealogical Society

The largest genealogical society in the United States, the association was established in 1959.

Their aims are to discover the reasons for the migration of early settlers into the state, preserve manuscripts and books relating to the early settlers of Ohio.  

They also aim to promote and encourage the study of genealogy and family history, to help others researching their family trees and to publish historical material relating to the state.

Many archives can be accessed in their Library, which incorporate:

  • Ancestor Cards
  • Ancestor Charts
  • Books
  • Census Returns 1820-1930
  • City Directories
  • Family Bible Records
  • First Families
  • Manuscript Collections
  • Newsletters from 100 OGS Chapters
  • Published Histories
  • Yearbooks

An on-line Catalogue of Resources and Materials is available on the site.


Ohio Historical Society

Some databases are on-line, which comprise:

  • Chronicling America - Digitised Newspapers 1836-1922
  • Death Certificate Index 1913-1944
  • Ohio Digital Newspaper Portal
  • Ohio Memory

Many archives are available at their Library, which include:

  • Audiovisual Collections
  • Births 1867-1908
  • Census Returns
  • Deaths
  • Digital Collections
  • Government Documents
  • Land Records
  • Manuscripts
  • Marriage Records
  • Military Records
  • Naturalisations
  • Newspapers

County and Other Societies

Alliance Genealogical Society

Numerous publications are sold by the society, which include:

  • Alliance Post Office Papers 1883-1884
  • Atwater Township Papers 1808-1896
  • Cassady Turkle Funeral Books 1884-1928
  • Cemetery Inscriptions
  • John C. Freemont Post of the Grand Army of the Republic
  • Science Hill Community Church - a 175 Year Celebration
  • Stark Co. Early Marriages 1809-1870
  • Surviving Records of the German Church of Atwater Township 1836-1839

Ashland County Genealogical Society

Numerous databases and resources are on their site, which incorporate:

  • 1880 Biographical History
  • 1904-1917 Obituary Abstracts from The Ashland Times and Gazette Newspaper
  • Cemetery Transcripts for Ashland, Chilcoat, Hopewell, Old Dutch, Old Marsh, Rice, Rickel and Widowville Cemeteries
  • Church Histories
  • City Directory 1906
  • Letters/Diaries
  • List and Photographs of Centre Street Historical District Homes
  • Maps
  • Obituaries
  • People Histories
  • Picture Sketches from the 1874 Ashland Co. Atlas
  • Schools Histories

Many publications are available for sale, which incorporate:

  • 1870 Census Index
  • Births 1867-1908
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Deaths 1867-1908
  • Loudonville Newspaper Death Notice Index 1903-1986
  • Marriages 1870-1886
  • Will Abstracts (Book I 1846-1857)

Athens County Genealogical Society and Ashland County Historical Museum

The association has over 40000 items in their collection.

Many publications are available, which include:

  • Athens Co. Civil War Veterans
  • Births 1867-1937
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Census Returns
  • Deaths
  • Divorces
  • Estate Papers
  • Genealogies
  • Histories and Atlases
  • Marriages
  • Obituaries
  • Probate Court 1908-1955

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