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.
Your Journey through time begins here...
Historical documents and records
Extensive photo archives
Special collections exclusive to the Library
Paintings, artwork and unique exhibits
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
Name Index with 100,000+ names
Ohio Historical Society, Surname Index on microfilm
Daughters of the American Revolution, Lineage 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.