Ohio History: Documents & Collections of Records


This page is for copies and collections of documents related to the history of Ohio. See the right column for more info about this website.


Historic Documents

“Enabling Act for Ohio-1802”

Ohio History Vol 5 August 1897, Annual, 74-80

Columbus: Ohio Historical Society
U.S. CongressGo to Document


“Ohio Constitution of 1803”

Ohio History Central online encyclopedia

Columbus: Ohio Historical Society
OhioGo to Document




Collections

Cleveland Primary Source Set

Library of Congress TPS-Barat
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Digitized primary sources that includes images, maps, sheet music, books and articles, newspapers, more. TPS-Barat: The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program works with an educational consortium of schools, universities, libraries, and foundations. The mission of the Primary Source Nexus is to serve as an online community support resource for the TPS-Barat program.

Ohio History: Documents & Collections

The Official Roster of the Soldiers of the American Revolution Buried in the State of Ohio

Columbus: F. J. Heer. 1929
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Ohio Primary Source Set

Library of Congress TPS-Barat
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Digitized primary sources that includes images, maps, sheet music, books and articles, newspapers, more. TPS-Barat: The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program works with an educational consortium of schools, universities, libraries, and foundations. The mission of the Primary Source Nexus is to serve as an online community support resource for the TPS-Barat program.

Inventory of the State Archives of Ohio

Columbus: Ohio Historical Records Survey Project 1940
Ohio Historical Records Survey Project, preparedGo to Book


Ohio Military Records Research Guide

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness
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Includes background information about available Ohio military records for the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War, with numerous links; many to records collections.

Roster of Ohio Soldiers, War of 1812

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Searchable database maintained by the Ohio Historical Society.

Ohio History: Documents & Collections

Online Index to Grave Records of Servicemen of the War of 1812, State of Ohio

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Database maintained by the Ohio Society, United States Daughters of 1812.

The Territorial Papers of the United States

Washington: National Archives 1934 – 1975
Carter, Clarence Edwin and Bloom, John Porter, eds.Go to Book

Volumes for the Great Lakes region are:

Vol 1. General
Vol 2. The Territory Northwest of the River Ohio, 1787-1803
Vol 3. The Territory Northwest of the River Ohio, 1787-1803 continued
Vol 7. The Territory of Indiana 1800-1810
Vol 8. The Territory of Indiana 1810-1816
Vol 10. The Territory of Michigan 1805-1820
Vol 11. The Territory of Michigan 1820-1829
Vol 12. The Territory of Michigan 1829-1837
Vol 16. The Territory of Illinois 1809-1814
Vol 17. The Territory of Illinois 1814-1818
Vol 27. The Territory of Wisconsin, Executive Journal, 1836-1848; Papers, 1836-1839
Vol 28. The Territory of Wisconsin 1839-1848


Court Records

The LDS Church’s Family History organization has for several decades photographed court records throughout the U.S., and is gradually digitizing this enormous collection of microfilm and making it available online at no charge. The information below refers to their collection for Ohio. Similar collections can be found for other U.S. states and for other countries by visiting the FamilySearch.com home page, clicking on “Search” at the top of the page, and selecting “Browse by Location” in the lower half of the “Search” page.

Ohio Tax Records, 1800-50

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Records available for the following counties: Ashtabula, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Guernsey, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Monroe, Trumbull, Washington. Records are organized by township.

Ohio Probate Records, 1789-1996

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Seven million photographic images are said to be available. Virtually all Ohio counties are represented here, although the quantity of records for each county varies considerably (court records for a few Ohio counties can be found at the “Ohio Vital Records” link below). Among the documents in the “Ohio Probate Records” collection are:

– Estate records: all original documentation for settlement of the estate of a deceased county resident. Related but separate documents are wills and inventories of estate property.
– Land Sales
– Journals containing chronological concise entries of court business (More complete records are normally found in other series).
– Guardian appointments


Finding a particular record in the Probate Records can sometimes be challenging. Look first through the names of the volumes for volumes titles as “Indexes”. Indexes are also often found in the first pages of the first volume of a series, and less often, in the first pages of any particular volume.
Court procedures for creating and maintaining records seem to have varied from county to county, and changed over time. In general, records seem to have become more detailed and comprehensive throughout the course of the 19th century.

Ohio History: Documents & Collections

Ohio Vital Records

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Generally, these are databases of millions of individual records that have been microfilmed by FamilySearch. Databases available at this site include:

– Births: Two databases, beginning in 1821.
– Deaths: Three databases, beginning in 1854.
– Marriages, beginning in 1800.
– Naturalization, beginning in 1800.

See the list of resources on this website for: Genealogy & Local History Research

Western Reserve Historical Society Manuscript Collections

Case Western Reserve University
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Manuscripts Relating to the Early History of the Western Reserve, 1795-1869, was the first collection of manuscripts to be assembled by the Western Reserve Historical Society. The Society’s first president, Charles Whittlesey, assembled the collection. There are 153 documents here; many of them handwritten documents.


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