Ohio has an abundance of sources available for genealogical research–statewide indexes and personal name finding aids, biographies, local histories, vital and church records, probate and court records, census and military records, land records, newspapers, naturalization records, gravestones, genealogical collections, and many others. In addition, numerous Ohio records have been published by genealogical and historical organizations, and many records and indexes are available on microfilm, microfiche, compact disc, and increasingly, the Internet.
These sources and many others are described in great detail in the new Second Edition of Genealogical Research in Ohio, by noted genealogical scholar Kip Sperry. This expanded and revised version of Sperry’s classic 1997 volume examines the holdings of the major Ohio archives and libraries and focuses on the many other resources available to the researcher, covering everything from church records to divorce records, from periodicals to probates, and from tax records to town records. So thorough is the coverage that it even includes a 123-page bibliography of Ohio books and periodicals, the most comprehensive survey of Ohio printed genealogical sources ever published.
In addition, the work contains addresses of repositories that house Ohio historical and genealogical records and oral histories, both in and out of the state, addresses of chapters of the Ohio Genealogical Society, a list of Family History Centers in Ohio, and, at the rear of the book, a collection of Ohio maps of historical and genealogical importance. New to this Second Edition are Ohio sources on compact disc and the Internet, as well as many additional genealogical and historical sources and a greatly expanded bibliography.
This edition of Genealogical Research in Ohio completely supersedes the First Edition and is a testament to genealogical scholarship.
Comments on the First Edition of Genealogical Research in Ohio:
“Your [Ohio] book is excellent, and I expect it to become the standard text for the state. It is clearly written, straightforward, scholarly without being pedantic, and exhaustive without being tedious.”–Dr. William Bart Saxbe, FASG
“Your [Ohio] book is outstanding. You have covered every aspect of research in this state in depth, and the bibliography is excellent. This will be of great value to anyone undertaking a search for Ohio ancestors. You have done a masterful job, and this is a book that anyone doing genealogical research could use to advantage, not just those with Ohio ancestors.”–Joy Wade Moulton, Fellow, Society of Genealogists (England)
“I think your bibliographies are very complete and quite exhaustive on the subject matter. The effort and thoroughness of your work is most impressive.”–Petta Khouw, Head, Genealogy Section, State Library of Ohio