11 Websites for Tracing Cincinnati-Area Ancestors

By Diane Haddad
Detroit Publishing Co, C. C. & Detroit Publishing Co, P. (ca. 1907) Fountain Square, Cincinnati, Ohio. United States Ohio Cincinnati, ca. 1907. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress.

Do you have ancestors from the Greater Cincinnati area? So do some of us at Family Tree Magazine! These are some of our favorite local genealogy resources you can access from home:


1. Cincinnati Birth and Death Records, 1865-1912

Search local births and deaths and view digitized copies of the records.

2. Cincinnati History Library and Archives

Search an index to 21 local history resources, search online photos, and learn about the library’s resources.

3. German Catholic Cemetery Society

Search a burial index to local cemeteries belonging to the society.

4. Hamilton County, Ohio, Cemeteries

With links to burial indexes where applicable.

5. Hamilton County Genealogical Society Indexes

Indexes cover marriages and deaths in several local papers, both English- and German-language.

6. Hamilton County Probate Court Archive Search

Access digitized images of old estates, wills guardianships, vital registration, naturalizations and more.

7. Northern Kentucky Genealogy Index

This library just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati lets you search names in Northern Kentucky records including cemetery, church, city directory, court and more.

8. Northern Kentucky Newspaper Index

Search the library’s index to names in 11 local papers.

9. Photos of German Cincinnati

Get a sense of the area’s German heritage.

10. Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Virtual Library

Find city directories, Sanborn Fire insurance maps and other digitized resources. Learn about the library’s Genealogy and Local History department here.

11. University of Cincinnati Archives and Rare Books Library

Online birth and death records, indexes to wills and naturalizations, finding aids for library records, local German history and more.

Subscription site has Ohio death records and Kentucky birth, marriage and death records; and the free has Ohio deaths, Kentucky probate records (unindexed) and Kentucky vital records indexes.

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