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Where to Research in Wood County, Ohio

Local & Family History Center

Wood County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society,
Chapter Workroom, located in the former Jail,
Courthouse Square,
Bowling Green, Ohio, 43402.

Open from 9a.m. to Noon, Monday through Friday. Staffed by Chapter members. Open to the Public. Chapter publications available for purchase.

Chapter data collections: One-Room Schools, Churches, Civil War Burials, Biographies, and Lists. Indexed landowner maps, SURNAME exchange index, members' 5 generation charts, cemetery/tombstone information, Census indexes, and basic Wood County research books.

Wood County Courthouse
One Courthouse Square
Bowling Green, Ohio, 43402

Open Monday through Friday, 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.

The Probate Court has records of marriages, estates, guardianships, plus 1867-1908 births and deaths.

The Recorder's Office maintains land deeds, mortgages, as well as veteran discharges and burials.

The Clerk of Courts keeps divorces and civil court files.

The Auditor's Office maintains old tax records.

Wood County District Public Library
251 North Main St,
Bowling Green, Ohio 43401
      WebSite Link

  •     Bradner Branch, Wood County District Library    
  •     Walbridge Branch, Wood County District Library    
  • Open Monday thru Thursday 9a.m. - 8:30p.m.

    Friday 9a.m. - 6p.m.

    Saturday 9a.m. - 5p.m.

    Sunday 1p.m. - 5p.m.

    Local History, 2nd Floor; holdings include:

  • Wood County census records, local newspaper on microfilm from 1867 to present; other Ohio publications with emphasis on Northwest Ohio. Maps, war records, obituary indexes on computer, cemetery records, family histories, Bowling Green phone directories from 1922. The Wood County Chapter, OGS maintains a cardfile of family charts, First Families packets, and collections of genealogical newsletters from throughout Ohio. Also, on computer, is the "Family Search et al" copyrighted by LDS.
  • Other Public Libraries serving Wood County

  • Way Public Library in Perrysburg    WebSite Link
  • Pemberville Public Library in Pemberville     WebSite Link
  •       Luckey Branch, Pemberville Library    

  •       Stony Ridge, Pemberville Library    
  • Kaubisch Public Library in Fostoria     WebSite Link
  • North Baltimore Public Libary in North Baltimore     WebSite Link
  • Deshler Public Library in Deshler     WebSite Link
  • Weston Public Library in Weston    
  •       Grand Rapids Branch, Weston Library    
  • Harris-Elmore Public Library in Elmore    
  • Toledo-Lucas County Public Library in Toledo    
  • Rossford Public Library     http://library.norweld.lib.oh.us/Rossford/
  • Wayne Public Library     http://library.norweld.lib.oh.us/Wayne/
  •       Bloomdale Branch, Wayne Library    

  •       Cygnet Branch, Wayne Library    
  • Center For Archival Collections
    5th Floor, Jerome Libary
    Bowling Green State University
    Bowling Green, Ohio 43403

    The primary mission of the Center for Archival Collections at B.G.S.U. is to acquire, preserve, and make accessible to researchers, documentary materials in four broad categories: Northwest Ohio, University Archives, Rare Books, and Special Collections.

    Local government records, manuscripts, and newspapers are acquisitioned for counties comprising Northwest Ohio.

    Family History Center

    Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
    SR #795
    Perrysburg, Ohio 43551

    This library offers an extensive collection of microfiche, films, and computer access to holdings in the Salt Lake City Family History Center Library.




    The Wood County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society
    P.O. Box 722
    Bowling Green, Ohio 43402-0722

    Membership
     :   Single (Year) $10.00 :   Single (Life) $150.00     Family (Year) $12.00 :   Family (Life) $200.00

    Chapter Purposes

    To aid individuals with interests in genealogy in tracing their ancesotrs by providing a variety of informative programs, workshops, and field trips.

    To encourage the use of scientific methods of research and writing by its members.

    To develop a concern for collecting and preserving records and articles of genealogical and historical value.

    To receive, collect, purchase, and preserve manuscripts, books, records, and family histories and to make them accessible for use in genealogical research.

    To publish genealogical materials compiled by the Chapter and its members when edited and approved by the Publications Committee.

    Activities of the Chapter Members staff the Local & Family Center weekday mornings to assist anyone wishing to do family research and/or visit courthouse offices, carry on chapter indexing projects, plus day-to-day chapter maintainence.

    Meetings of the Chapter are held the 4th Wednesday of September & October, then January through May. Informative programs are chosen to meet the challenges encountered in family research.

    A bi-monthly newsletter containing queries submitted by members, announcements of local and regional conferences, plus stories and extractions of Wood County resources is published.

    Wood County records are published by the Chapter, including tombstone inscriptions, indexes to censuses, indexes to probate wills, estates, & marriages, naturalizations, landowners' maps, and other genealogical material.

    Written requests for help are given attention by a team of volunteers who serch indexes of resources and offer suggestions for further research. A Correspondence Research File is maintained with cross-indexing to surnames being researched.

    The Chapter exhibits genealogical and historical information at the Wood County Fair and other appropriate meetings and conferences.

    The Chapter has established a Trust Fund for the Local History & Genealogical Department of the Wood County District Public Library in Bowling Green to help insure this collection is always maintained and allowed to grow. Gifts are to be sent to the Chapter marked "for the Trust Fund".

    First Families of Wood County (FFWC), Ohio
    Any member of the Wood County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society is eligible for membership in First Families of Wood County provided the member can prove that one or more direct ancestors lived in Wood County on or before December 31, 1855. An Application form will be sent upon request. A fee of $15.00




    The Wood County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society has Publications which are for sale. A list of these can be found on this link

    Copyright © William Neil Oliver 1997, 2000, 2001 All rights reserved.