Many Revolutionary War and War of 1812 veterans received bounty land in Ohio. Virginia awarded lands to its claimants in the Virginia Military District in southwest Ohio. The federal government handed out parcels in the US Military District of Ohio in the center of the state. Digitized US Military District warrants are searchable on subscription site Ancestry.com. Virginia Military District bounty warrants and rejected claims are digitized here; click on Digital Collections, then Collections by Topic, then Military Service. Files for both military districts are available on microfilm through the Family History Library (FHL).
During the Civil War, more than 300,000 Ohioans served the Union, many of whom are documented in OGS’ Ohio Civil War databases. They’re also indexed online in the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System. You’ll find WWI soldiers listed in the Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the World War, 1917-18, in libraries and digitized on Ancestry.com.
Immigration and naturalization records
Ohio respositories and websites
For a records bonanza not to be overlooked, turn to the OGS library in Bellville. It holds more than 40,000 family histories and other books, a quarter million ancestor cards, censuses, military and county court records and more. OGS also keeps files on early settlers for OGS lineage societies.