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Ohio Fast Facts and Key Resources
12/19/2016
Research your Buckeye state kin with these resources.

Ohio Genealogy Fast Facts

  • Statehood: 1803
  • First extant federal census: 1820
  • Available state censuses: Quadrennial voter “censuses” (1803-1911) on FHL microfilm
  • Statewide birth and death records begin: 1908
  • Statewide marriage records begin: 1949
  • Public-land state
  • Counties: 17 in 1803; 88 today; boundaries finalized in 1888
  • Contact for vital records: Ohio Department of Health, Vital Statistics, Box 15098, Columbus, OH 43215, (614) 466-2531, 

Ohio Genealogy Websites, Books and Organizations

Websites
 
Books and Publications
  • Genealogical Research in Ohio, 2nd edition, by Kip Sperry (Genealogical Publishing Co.)
  • Ohio Cemeteries, 1803-2003 edited by Roger Troutman (OGS)
  • Ohio Courthouse Records by Diane VanSkiver Gagel (OGS)
  • Ohio Genealogical Research by George K. Schweitzer (George K Schweitzer)
  • Ohio Towns and Townships to 1900: A Location Guide by Julie Minot Overton (OGS)
  • Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850 by Carol Willsey Bell (Genealogical Publishing Co.)
 
Archives and Organizations

Timeline

1763 France cedes land east of the Mississippi to Britain in the Treaty of Paris

1814 America’s first oil well is drilled at Caldwell

1832 The Ohio and Erie Canal links the Ohio River at Portsmouth with Lake Erie at Cleveland
 
1833 The country’s first integrated, coeducational college opens in Oberlin
 
1869 Cincinnati’s Red Stockings become the first professional baseball team

1879 James Ritty of Dayton patents the cash register

1901 Actor Clark Gable is born in the eastern Ohio town of Cadiz

1937 Ohio River flooding in January and February devastates southern Ohio

1955 The Ohio Turnpike opens across northern Ohio

1969 Wapakoneta’s Neil Armstrong is the first man on the moon

1978 “WKRP in Cincinnati” sitcom debuts on CBS

1995 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opens in Cleveland
 

Modern Map of County Boundaries

 
 
From the January/February 2017 Family Tree Magazine
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