We have a vast collection of genealogy and local history resources.
Ashtabula County District Library has a large collection of genealogy and local history resources housed in our Ashtabula building. However, some Geneva-specific items are duplicated and/or remain at our Geneva Library.
Here’s a quick list of some of what we have to offer:
- Ashtabula County Genealogical Society, headquartered at our Ashtabula Library
- Family Files at Ashtabula Library
- Index of books and vertical files in the Genealogy Collection (PDF)
- It’s A Keeper! (PDF): a listing of genealogy resources available at ACDL
- Family Search – Affiliate library access, a service provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Other genealogy and local history websites:
- American Ancestors by the New England Historic Genealogical Society
- Ancestry.com – Library Edition – census records, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more (typically available only in the library – currently available from home through at least December 31, 2020).
- Ashtabula County Genealogical Society, headquartered at the Ashtabula Library.
- Ashtabula County Naturalization Records, Volumes One through Eleven – Intentions, Denials, Transfers and Repatriations
- Ashtabula Star Beacon – The web version of the daily Ashtabula newspaper.
- The Beachcomber – a weekly newspaper published by the Payne family in 1946 and 1947 in Geneva on the Lake. Issues can be downloaded from the Summer Heritage Fun Trail.
- Cemetery Headstone Listings for Ashtabula County (incomplete)
- Chronicling America provides free online access to over 17 million digitized historic newspaper pages covering 1789-1963 from over 50 U.S. states and territories. Made possible through the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership betweenthe National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of Congress, and state partners, like the Ohio History Connection. Ohio has added more than half a million pages to Chronicling America since 2008.
- Cyndi’s List – A categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet.
- Family Search – a service provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
- Find A Grave – Find the graves of ancestors and famous people.
- Fold 3 – Veteran records
- Free Online Courses in genealogy from Brigham Young University.
- Heritage Quest – research materials for tracing family history and American culture.
- Ohio Memory – A collaborative statewide digital library program of the Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio. Includes digital copies of local newspapers; photographs, diaries, archaeological artifacts, books, and more documenting Ohio’s history, from prehistory to present day.
- ProQuest African American Heritage
- R.B. Hayes Obituary Index – An index to 2,850,000 obituaries, death & marriage notices & other sources from Ohio from the 1810s to the present day.
- Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps – Over 40,000 detailed maps of Ohio cities drawn between 1882 and 1962.
- Select Ohio Public Records Index – Includes a partial selection of Ohio death certificates from 1858-1946.
Other local history resources:
- The Ashtabula Bridge Disaster – full text of the 1914 book by Stephen D. Peet, from the Hathi Trust.
- Ashtabula County Historical Society
- Ashtabula County from the Ohio History Connection.
- Judge Florence E. Allen – an Open Access Kent State site commemorating Ashtabula County resident Florence E. Allen, the first female judge elected to a state supreme court. (Courtesy of Kent State University’s Ashtabula campus library.)
- The Ashtabula Telegraph, a local weekly newspaper, digitized and available free online from the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America site.