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On-Site Resources

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:

Other genealogy and local history websites:

  • – 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 between the 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:

If you need any assistance please contact us or visit one of our locations. We would be happy to help!

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