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Local History & Genealogy

The Local History and Genealogy Department of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is located on the third floor of Historic Main Library. Its collections can be divided into two major areas: local history of Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio, and genealogy.

The genealogy collection began in 1940 by focusing on Ohio, adjacent states and the original thirteen states. The department began purchasing materials about states west of the Mississippi River in the late 1980s.

Our wealth of information, extensive resources and knowledgeable staff are here to assist and guide you through history.

Please note the department is a reference department and therefore does not circulate its materials.


Genealogy Collections:

Your Journey through time begins here...

  • Historical documents and records
  • Extensive photo archives
  • Special collections exclusive to the Library
  • Paintings, artwork and unique exhibits

Genealogy Collections:

County histories and published genealogical works for the United States

Indexes for Federal censuses

Federal census microfilm for: Ohio & Michigan, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, New York, 1890 Special Schedule of Union Veterans and Widows 

 Family histories

Name Index with 100,000+ names

Ohio Historical Society, Surname Index on microfilm

Daughters of the American Revolution, Lineage Book

Domesday Book

Genealogical and historical periodicals

Barbour Collection, Connecticut Vital Records

U.S. Revolutionary War bounty land warrants, Military District of Ohio

American State Papers, Public lands and claims

Ohio military rosters: War of 1812 through World War I

Ohio regimental histories for the Civil War

Published ship passenger lists & indexes

Computer subscriptions: Ancestry Library Edition; Heritage Quest Online; New England Ancestors

Affiliate of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.