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The Highland County District Library has the local newspapers of the county available back to the late 1800's on microfilm, however it is not fully indexed. We also have some family histories and genealogies that have been donated. 

 Ohio Web Library Resources: IN LIBRARY   

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps


Local Resources:

Highland County Historical Society 151 E. Main Street Hillsboro, OH  Phone: 937-393-3392

Gist Settlement Archeaological Project

Greenfield Historical Society 103 McArthur Way, Greenfield, Ohio 45123 (937) 981-7890  Calendar of Events

Greenfield Cemetery Lists - a work in progress

Southern Ohio Genealogical Society P.O. Box 414 Hillsboro, OH 45133
The Southern Ohio Genealogical Society collection is housed at the Southern State Community College Library, central campus, Hillsboro, OH. and can be searched through their catalog.

Highland County Recorders Office - Phone number & hours  (the majority of their records are not online.)

Highland County Health Department :  Highland Co General Health District ,   1487 N. High St, Suite 400,   Hillsboro, OH 45133
Phone: (937) 393-1941 Fax: (937) 393-4694   

Other Vital Records Sources for Highland County - Phone numbers & Addresses

$ Historyof Clinton County 1882 - Information about the County to the North of Highland ca.1882 (fee based site)

Clinton County Historical Society

Sabina Historical Society - The historical society of the Clinton County town of Sabina

Brown County OHGen-Web

Evolution of Ohio (General History and Migration Patterns)

Hayes Obituary Index - An index to over 670,000 obituaries, death & marriage notices & other sources from Ohio from the 1830s to the present day.   We began to enter Highland County obituaries as of December 2005 and other counties, particularly Northern Ohio counties, are already well represented.  It is  an index does not contain the full obituary, but does give information on how to order the obituaries.

Highland County, Oh-GenWeb

Highland Co. Ohio Cemetery Listings

Highland Co., Ohio Cemetery Transcription Project

Mowrystown Cemeteries Project  Includes names and maiden names index for Bells Run, Ebenezer and Mowrystown, OH Cemeteries with links to genealogy pages where available.

New Market Ohio Genealogy Page

Ohio Gravestone Photo Project  - Share your pictures of gravestones before they are worn down by the elements

Ohio Historical Society  - contains the Ohio Death Certificate Index  and Calendar of Events

Ohio Historical Markers - Remarkable Ohio  A searchable list of historical markers in the state with photos and explanations  in case you drove by too quickly.

Ohio Public Library Information Network's Genealogy Links

Ohio Memory Project - a statewide scrapbook of Ohio History including some local contributions

$ The Ohio River Valley Families -fee based subscription database

Pike County, OH-GenWeb Site 

Pioneer Migration Routes through Ohio

 Sources for Genealogists from the State Library of Ohio

State Library of Ohio Genealogical Resources  includes digitized resources, catalog listings of resources and a good guide to Free digital resources across the nation


Quaker-Roots Western Migration Map

Caesar's Creek Pioneer Village

United States Colored Troops Buried in Ohio - Includes 3,052 names believed to be United States Colored Troops from the Civil War buried in Ohio.

National Resources:

$  at Home- a fee based source for many databases IN LIBRARY

American Family Immigration History Center (Ellis Island Records From 1892 to 1924 for immigrants entering through the Port of New York)

Cemetery Records Online

Cousin Connect - A website to post  questions


Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet - nearly 20,000 genealogy links.


$   - pay to have your genetic family history examined. 

FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service  - LDS Church databases 

FamilySearch 1880 Census Records - Free access to 1880 US, 1881 British Isles, or the 1881 Canadian Census

 Find A Grave

GENUKI - Genealogy in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Genealogy Sleuth -research links used by professional genealogists.

Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930 - A " web-based collection of selected historical materials from Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums that documents voluntary immigration to the US from the signing of the Constitution to the onset of the Great Depression."  Historical information that might provide background to a genealogical search.

National Archives- information on ordering census tapes and information on perserving your family archives.

New York Times Online -- 1851 to 1923 & 1987 - to the Present - It can be searched by name or keyword.  Put in search at the top and then choose Advanced Search on the results page to be able to narrow by date.  Free.  Free Directory of Obituaries and Obituary Resources by State

Obituaries Links -  Just links any searches are parts of advertisments.
Obituaries Links - Newspaper Links by State.

Obituary Search Portal on   Searches other sites for obituaries. Free.

Random Act of Genealogical Kindness, provides contacts to people who will do searches for other people free.  They might need to be reimbursed for copies, etc. but the work is free.

RootsWeb - 372 million records shared by other genealogists, discussion lists and web hosting to share your own research

Genealogy Links - formerly 1000 Genealogy Links, they now claim over 45,000 links

USGenWeb Project - Links to free Genealogical resources in all 50 states.

West Virginia Vital Research Records Search - Birth, Death and Marriage records:   Death Records for 1917-1957 for all 55 counties, the birth and Marriage and birth records are mainly from Calhoun, Gilmer, Hardy, Harrison, Mineral and Pendleton Counties and probably not beyond 1930.  A Free Resource with actual images of registries or certificates included where possible.

Other Major sites of Interest:

Genealogical Publishers Sites:

AncestryPress - Online service to print family trees or histories, fee based.

Everton's Genealogical Helper  -Publisher of Genealogical magazine and books as well as a publishing service

Family Tree Maker  -Publisher of Genealogy Software (now owned by

Genealogy In Time - Free Genealogy Newsletter and other free resources

AmberSky - Free Genealogy Newsletter



My Heritage Family Tree Builder -- Free Software to Download Or Premium Software with additional features

African American Genealogical sources :

Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy

AfriGeneas- African Ancestored Genealogy

Cyndi's List --African American

United States Colored Troops Buried in Ohio - Includes 3,052 names believed to be United States Colored Troops from the Civil War buried in Ohio.

Gist Settlement Archeaological Project

Specific Ethnic Groups:

American Jewish Historical Society

Federation of East European Family History Societies

Italian Genealogy Home Page


Native American Genealogy

Scottish Archive Network


Tools &Toys For Genealogists

Perpetual Calendar:
Birthday Calculator:
Determining Date of Birth : Formula 8870:
Cyndi's List: Calendars & Dates: