State Libraries: Ohio to Utah

State Libraries: Ohio to Utah

Ohio Historical Society 1982 Velma Ave., Columbus, OH 43211, (614) 297-2300 Interlibrary loan: Microfilmed newspapers cost $3 per reel. Online databases: On the society's Web site, you'll find an Ohio death certificate index covering 1913 to 1937, an index to Ohio prisoners at Andersonville, Ga., and Salisbury...

Ohio Historical Society
1982 Velma Ave., Columbus, OH 43211,
(614) 297-2300
Interlibrary loan: Microfilmed newspapers cost $3 per reel.
Online databases: On the society’s Web site, you’ll find an Ohio death certificate index covering 1913 to 1937, an index to Ohio prisoners at Andersonville, Ga., and Salisbury, NC, prisons from 1864 to 1865 and a database of Ohio Soldiers in the War of 1812.
Reference services: Staff will check for a name in up to 10 years of indexed records for a fee of $20, which includes up to four pages of photocopies and postage. A photocopy of a death certificate costs just $1 if you provide the exact details.

State Library of Ohio
274 E. First Ave., Columbus, OH 43201,
(614) 644-6966
Reference services: Staff will spend up to 30 minutes researching a query and provide up to 10 pages of photocopies without charge. Additional photocopies cost 25 cents per page.

Oklahoma Historical Society
2100 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105,
(405) 521-2491
Interlibrary loan: The society doesn’t offer interlibrary loan, but see for a list of microfilmed newspapers available for purchase.
Reference services: Society staff will search indexes to newspaper birth and death notices. The fee is $5 for Oklahoma residents and $20 for nonresidents. The society accepts requests by mail.

Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR 97203,
(503) 306-5240
Reference services: The staff will check indexes, databases and manuscript collections. Extensive research costs $50 per hour with a minimum charge of $25. Inquiries by phone, fax, mail and e-mail are accepted.

Oregon State Archives
800 Summer St. NE, Salem, OR 97310,
(503) 373-0701
Interlibrary loan: You can’t borrow materials from the state archives, but the University of Oregon lends newspapers.
Online databases: The Oregon Historical Records Index covers census, vital, probate and naturalization records.
Reference services: A photocopy of a record cited in the archives’ online indexes costs $5 for residents and $10 for nonresidents. Make requests by mail or phone.

Oregon State Library
250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301,
(503) 378-4243
Reference services: Staff of the Willamette Valley Genealogical Society will check marriage, death, probate, census and other records for a fee of $5 to $10, and will do other research for $10 per hour.

Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
215 S. Broad St., Floor 7, Philadelphia, PA 19107,
(215) 545-0391
Online databases: The Web site has name indexes to the society’s manuscript collection and the 165-volume Rubincam collection.
Reference services: If you provide a specific reference with a date, the fee is $10, which includes up to five pages of photocopies and postage. Research for a minimum of one hour and a maximum of two hours costs $22 an hour for members and $35 an hour for nonmembers. The research fee does not include the cost of photocopies.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19107,
(215) 732-6200
Reference services: If you provide an exact citation, photocopies cost 50 cents per page plus about $5 for shipping. Research by mail costs $40 for the first hour and $30 for each additional hour. The fee includes up to 20 photocopies.

Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission
300 North St., Harrisburg, PA 17120,
(717) 787-3362
Online databases: The Archives Records Information Access System (ARIAS) has files on Pennsylvania veterans of the Revolutionary War, the Mexican Border Campaign, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and World War I. Of the 500,000 records, 200,000 are already online, and the rest will be added soon.
Reference services: A search of indexed records costs $10 for residents and $15 for nonresidents and includes up to 10 copies. You can print a copy of the Mail Reference Form from the Web site.

State Library of Pennsylvania
Commonwealth and Walnut streets, Harrisburg, PA 17126,
(717) 783-5950
Interlibrary loan: The library has more than 80,000 rolls of microfilmed newspapers dating from 1719, which you can borrow.
Reference services: The library staff accepts reference questions by phone, mail or e-mail.

Rhode Island State Archives
337 Westminster St., Providence, RI 02903,
(401) 222-2353
Reference services: Staff will find and copy a vital record. Ask for the Vital Records Request Form by fax, mail or e-mail.

South Carolina Department of Archives and History
8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC 29223,
(803) 896-6100
Online databases: An index to 293,000-plus documents dated from 1675 to 1868 allows searches of Confederate pension applications, will transcriptions and criminal journals.
Reference services: Use the Genealogy Research Request Form to request a search of court, land, military or probate records. You’ll be notified how much photocopies cost.

South Carolina Historical Society
100 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29402,
(843) 723-3225
Interlibrary loan: Though the state historical society doesn’t lend materials, the Charleston County Library has newspapers you can borrow.
Reference services: Staff can search indexes of deeds, wills and gravestone transcriptions. Most searches cost between $10 and $20. Use the form at to make an inquiry.

South Dakota State Historical Society Archives
900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501,
(605) 773-3458
Interlibrary loan: Microfilmed newspapers can be borrowed for $6.36 per reel. Reference services: A search for one name in one newspaper, book, state census or naturalization record costs $10.60. A search of multiple records costs $21.20 per hour of research. Use the online forms to request a search.

East Tennessee Historical Society
600 Market St., Knoxville, TN 37901,
(865) 215-8824
Reference services: Staff will check indexed sources for a fee.

Tennessee State Library and Archives
403 Seventh Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37243,
(615) 741-2764
Interlibrary loan: Only Tennessee libraries can borrow microfilmed newspapers.
Online databases: You’ll find indexes to Tennessee death records from 1908 to 1912 (complete) and 1914 to 1925 (partial), Tennessee Confederate pension applications and Tennesseans in the Spanish-American War.
Reference services: Staff will search county histories, city directories, manuscripts and newspapers for between $5 and $10. You can submit your request via e-mail.

Texas State Library & Archives Commission
1201 Brazos St., Austin, TX 78701,
(512) 463-5455
Interlibrary loan: Microfilmed newspapers, county records and the 1867 voters’ registration are available.
Online databases: Databases include an index to Confederate pension applications issued by the Texas government.
Reference services: Staff will search indexes of Texas births from the 1880s to 1976, marriages since 1966, divorces since 1968 and deaths since 1903. You can submit a research request by mail or e-mail.

Utah State Archives & Records Service
2341 S. 2300 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84119,
(801) 975-4016
Interlibrary loan: The archives lends state and county records. Shipping and handling is $4 for one to two rolls.
Online databases: Searchable databases include indexes to birth and death records in several counties.
Reference services: Photocopies cost 25 cents from paper and 50 cents from microfilm. There’s a 25-page limit per request, and each request requires a $1.50 mailing charge.

Utah State Historical Society
300 S. Rio Grande, Salt Lake City, UT 84101,
(801) 533-3500
Online databases: Look for databases of Utah cemeteries and burials.
Reference services: Photocopies cost 25 cents per page for up to 100 pages and 50 cents per page from microfilm, plus a minimum of $3 for postage and handling.

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