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Obituaries and Death Records
Ohio Obituary Index
Indexes 2.2 million people from Ohio
Online Searchable Death Records, Indexes and Obituaries
A directory of online death indexes listed by state, including death certificate indexes, obituaries, cemetery burials and probate records.
A free website listing over 89 million grave records, including many photographs and supplementary information.
Cleveland, OH – Necrology File
Obituary Daily Times
Listings of more current obituaries

General Genealogical Websites
Family Search
Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) web site. A computerized system of genealogical information that helps researchers identify their ancestors and organize family history information.
County-by-county access to genealogical information - always an important way to search. Easy to use. Logical
US Genweb Archives
Actual documents, databases. Also check out Statewide material. Example: USGenWeb Archives – NY- State Files – Prisons
World Genweb
Wide variety of what is available at each site. Some have volunteers who have packed the site with raw data; others have only minimal information. Can change frequently. Keep checking back. Typical topics included on the sites: queries, surname lists, general information on the county and its resources, e.g. courthouse hours, free look-ups, sometimes how to subscribe to a mail list for that county.
A vast clearinghouse of genealogical data
Index to thousands of gedcoms, some of which you can download.
Immigrant Ship Transcribers Guild
Listing of ship passenger lists
Obituary Daily Times
Listing of fairly current obituaries
Kris Kuhn Krumm’s website
Links to cemeteries in Ohio with actual photos of tombstones in cemeteries.
Cyndi’s List
Largest site for finding genealogical web pages by general topics – hundreds of thousands of links listed
Ellis Island
Ellis Island records from 1892 to 1924
Ohio Historical Society
Ohio Historical Society’s various databases, including Ohio death certificates.
Family Search Learning Center
Free research courses, research wikis, discussion forums - all to help you learn how to do your family history.
Center for Archival Collections
Center for Archival Collections at Bowling Green State University. Includes listings of northwest Ohio newspapers, church records, manuscripts
Lucas County, Ohio Probate Court
This web site gives information about Lucas County, Ohio -Birth records -Death records -Marriage records -Estates and will records -Birth registrations and corrections
Best search engine for the web. Try your names. Put in quotes, add location, to cut down on hits (e.g. “Lucy Keeler” Fremont Ohio)
Ohio Mayflower Society
The Ohio Mayflower Colony is part of a national group, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, who enjoys history and fellowship and tracing ancestry to those who crossed the Atlantic on the Mayflower.
A site which lists web resources organized by state and then county and then by record category.
Genealogy Resources, by State
The US government's website. Find an A-Z list of some of each state's genealogical resources.

Subscription Internet Resources (Institution Edition)
Hayes Presidential Library has a paid subscription. You must be in the Library to use this service.
HeritageQuest Online
Library has a paid subscription. Census record images from 1790 to 1940 for the entire country. Over 25,000 family and local histories. in their member number and password. You can join online at the
New England Historical and Genealogical Society
Hayes Presidential Library has a paid subscription.You must be in the Library to use this service
Newspaper Archive is the world's largest online newspaper archive. Featuring billions of articles from historical newspapers around the U.S. and the world, NewspaperARCHIVE makes exploring history and genealogy easy and fun. provides access to some of the best products and services to help you with your family history research. Join the Hayes Presidential Center and have access to at home. HPC members at individual plus ($45) level can log on to the web site by typing in their member number and password. You can join online at the

Library Catalogs
Searches BGSU and Hayes Presidential Center
Searches all of Ohio’s public universities’ libraries, including BGSU and
Fort Wayne, Indiana Library Catalog
Fort Wayne, Indiana’s huge genealogy library catalog
A massive catalog to books and other materials worldwide, but mostly in the United States. Free to public.

Personal Genealogical Programs
Roots Magic
Roots Magic (formerly Family Origins). Easy to use, inexpensive, flexible, good support. Available for purchase at the Hayes Museum Store
Personal Ancestral File
Mormon (LDS) program – Can be downloaded for free from their web site