Adams County Genealogical Society
The Adams County Genealogical Society, located two blocks north of the Court House on State Route 247 in West Union, Ohio, holds extensive local genealogical records, including obituaries, cemetery records, family histories, books and maps and artifacts from Adams County history, and much more. Genealogical Society library hours are Thursday and Saturday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, but the staff are happy to open the library by appointment for visitors traveling from outside the local area. The Genealogical Society Library is supported exclusively by donations, and members perform research and record look-up services, for a requested donation. Call the Society at 937-544-8522, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adams County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 231
West Union, OH, 45693
Online Research Databases
Ancestry Library edition offers full access to Ancestry.com’s popular searchable genealogy resource. Access ancestrylibrary.com from Adams County Public Library computers or free wireless Internet. Remote access is not available for this resource.
Heritage Quest is a genealogy research source that lets you search the Federal Census from 1790 – 1940, search archives and books, Revolutionary War records, and Freedman’s Bank records.
African American Heritage (ProQuest) was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists and recognized leaders in genealogical information to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans.
Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. This continually-growing collection contains millions of records from world-class archives, many of which are exclusively available on Fold3.
Newspaper Source provides cover-to-cover full text for hundreds of national (U.S.), international and regional newspapers. In addition, it offers television and radio news transcripts from major networks.
Established in 2000, Ohio Memory is the collaborative statewide digital library program of the Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio. On this free website, you can explore digital content from over 360 cultural heritage institutions representing all 88 of Ohio’s counties! Ohio Memory contains over 700,000 digital images from a variety of primary source image types.
The Ohio Obituary Index (Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center) is an index to over 3,500,000 obituaries, death & marriage notices & other sources from Ohio from the 1810s to the present day. Actual obits may be ordered from over 60 partner libraries; only Hayes Library has online ordering.
Ohio Southlands Journals
Access Ohio Southland: A Quarterly Journal of History for Adams, Brown, Clermont, & Highland Counties, published by Adams County historian Stephen Kelley from 1989 – 1993. Ohio Southland covers local history, genealogy, archaeology, and natural history for the Ohio valley region. Read every published issue, available on the library’s website as high-quality digital scans.
Other Online Resources
- Chronicling America – Search historic American newspapers from around the country, from 1864 – 1922, digitized and offered online by the Library of Congress.
- Newspaper Source lets you search for and read current news articles in a huge database of current publications, provided by EBSCOhost.
- Family Search
- Find a Grave – Search cemeteries and burial records nation-wide.
- Ohio Death Indexes – a compiled list of resources for finding death records, cemetery burials, and obituaries
- Ohio History Connection – How to find and access death records in Ohio, from the Ohio History Connection
- Ohio Public Records Index – find Ohio death certificate records, and order copies of death certificates online
- Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook
- Ohio Obituary Index
- Public Record Center
The Peebles Library has limited genealogical and local history records in our collection. For more information, please contact the library.