Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Tuesday's Tip - The Ohio History Connection Site
If you have ancestors from Ohio, be sure and check out the the Ohio History Connection. This is the online home of the archives at the Ohio History Center in Columbus, Ohio. A few items I've found useful are:
Searchable databases - They have searchable databases online including their online collections catalog, Ohio public records index, Ohio newspaper portal, and all volumes of the Ohio History Journal.
Ohio Public Records Index - Provides an index to Ohio death certificates searchable by name, county, and years. Names are spelled as they were entered into the index, so you may have to try variations. Only certain years are covered as stated on the main index page.
Online Collections Catalog - Searches their newspaper and state archives collections by keyword.
Newspaper index - This index lists their newspaper resources by county or city. Other documents available for the selected area are also provided in the search results.
Research guides - A set of research guides for help on researching specific record types.
Photocopy requests - Instructions on how to request photocopies of records in the archives.
I had great success with the photocopy service. I requested scans of microfilm images for a few issues of the Celina Democrat newspaper and received digital copies of the pages within a couple of days after making payment. Their email response was quick and very helpful and the quality of the scans was excellent. The pages contained an obituary for my 2x great-grandfather Timothy Creeden that I'd been trying to track down for years.
This is just a sampling of what's available on their site. Thanks to the Ohio History Connection for providing such a valuable resource!
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