Ohio Family History Societies (W-Z)

This section lists associations from Washington to Williams giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

County Societies

Washington County Genealogical Society

Many databases are accessible, which incorporate:

  • Advertisements extracted from Washington Co. Newspapers 1801-1839
  • Burials
  • Cemetery Inscriptions
  • Census Returns
  • Index to those living in the Children's Home in the 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 Censuses
  • List of Washington Co. Books
  • Numerous Articles

Numerous resources can be accessed, which include:

  • Cemetery Records
  • Church Records
  • Death Notices
  • List of the First Owners of the 1000 100-acre Lots in the Donation Tract
  • Maps
  • Newspapers
  • Obituaries
  • School Records

Publications sold by the society include:

  • Cemeteries of Grandview Township
  • Diary of Thomas Jefferson Hadley for 1887
  • Oak Grove Cemetery Burials 1860-1920
  • Probate Records
  • The Salem Light Guard
  • Some Descendants of Arthur Warren
  • Washington Newsletters
  • Williams History of Washington Co

Wayne County Genealogical Society

An index to Pioneers of Wayne Co. is available, which gives their name and the Township where they were first proved.  

The association has many publications available for sale, which incorporate:

  • 1820 Census
  • 1826 Tax List
  • 1880 Census
  • Baker's Map of Wayne Co. 1856
  • Births, Deaths and Marriages 1856-1857
  • Early Censuses
  • Estates and Guardianships 1813-1900
  • Naturalisations 1812-1903
  • Weddings 1813-1898
  • Will Abstracts
  • Wooster Cemetery Transcripts

Western Reserve Historical Society

Many databases are are available, which comprise: 

  • 1907 Voter Registrations
  • Allen E. Cole Collection
  • Bible Records
  • Biographical Sketch Name Index
  • Cleveland Servicemen Photo Database
  • Cuyahoga Co. Cemetery Inscriptions
  • Early Families in Cleveland Project
  • Funeral Home Books
  • Jewish Marriages and Death Notices printed in the Jewish Independent and The Jewish Review and Observer 1889-1964
  • WRHS Bookplate Collection

Numerous resources are available in their Library and Archives, which include:

  • African American Archives
  • Census Returns
  • City Directories
  • Cleveland Jewish Archives
  • Genealogies
  • Immigrations
  • Irish American Archives
  • Italian American Archives
  • Manuscript Collections
  • Newspapers
  • Ohio Counties Atlases
  • Vital Records
  • Weddings
  • Will Abstracts

It is possible to search their collections using their on-line catalogue.


Williams County Genealogical Society

Many databases are accessible, which comprise:

  • 1850 Census for Defiance Co.
  • 1882 and 1905 History Biographical Indexes
  • 1920 History Biographical Index from The Standard History of Williams Co
  • Bastardy and Other Crimes extracted from Common Pleas Court Records
  • Biographies in the Commemorative Biographical Record for North-western Ohio Including Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton Counties
  • Civil War Men
  • Common Pleas Court Court Cases Witness Book 1858-1868
  • Coroner's Inquests
  • Family Group Sheets
  • First Families
  • Ohio Land Grants
  • Probate Entries 1825-1860
  • West Unity Reporter Obituaries

A list of Cemeteries in Williams Co. is also available.


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