Genealogy and People Search

Genealogy

The Ohio Obituary Index provides an index to over 2,850,000 obituaries, death and marriage notices, and other sources from Ohio from the 1810s to the present day.  The Lorain Public Library is an indexing partner; we have contributed over 70,000 obituary records to the Ohio Obituary Index.  The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, located in Fremont, Ohio, maintains this growing database of obituary information.

African American Heritage

Ancestry - Library Edition
The library edition of Ancestry.com can only be used inside a CLEVNET library building using a library computer. When you click on this link be ready to scroll down the list of research databases to click on Ancestry Library Edition. This version provides easy access to more than 4,000 genealogy databases with a single search. Coverage focuses primarily on the United States and the United Kingdom, although other areas are covered. Databases include the complete U.S. Census & Index (1790-1940), vital, church, court, and immigration records. The Map Center contains more than 1,000 historical maps. Other notable collections include Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Books; Social Security Death Index (updated monthly); WWI Draft Registration Cards; Federal Slave Narratives; and a strong Civil War collection. Databases are updated continuously as new information becomes available.

Canadian Vital Records Archives
National Archives of Canada.

Census Links
Links to Census websites - National Archives and foreign censuses.

Cleveland Necrology File
The website is provided by Cleveland Public Library. It includes notices published in the following newspapers: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - 1850-1975; The Cleveland Herald - 1833, 1847-1848, 1876, 1878-1879; The Cleveland Press - 1941-1975.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
"Your genealogy starting point online for more than a decade!" International links are an added plus on this website.

Death Records Checklist
The Genealogy Blog offers information about ten places to look for a death record.

DNA Tests Comparison
Who are you? Where did your ancestors come from? Do you have relatives that you never knew existed? These are some of life’s biggest mysteries, and thanks to scientific breakthroughs over the last few years, you can now fill in more of your ancestry puzzle than ever before. We are talking about the magic of DNA testing, which has added an exciting element to tracing your family’s roots.

Ellis Island
Explore a vast database of 51 million + passenger records.

FamilySearch
Describes itself as the largest collection of free family history, family tree and genealogy records in the world.

Find a Grave

Millions of cemetery records are provided.

Genealogy Resources at the Lorain Public Library

The Main Library Special Collection includes Lorain city directories and telephone directories, many printed local history and genealogy reference resources as well as microfilm editions of the Lorain newspapers going back to the late 1890s. Email a librarian at local-history@lpls.info to speak to a librarian.

HeritageQuest
HeritageQuest combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI Genealogy & Local History collection & other valuable content.

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild
A source for locating passenger lists from many different ports to America since Colonial times and immigration-related materials.

Lorain County Cemeteries
Link to Lorain County Genealogists page on Cemeteries in Lorain County, showing listings compiled from headstones and cemetery records as well as locations of cemeteries.

Lorain County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogy Society
Links to local genealogy organizations.

Military Personnel Records
More than 6 million military personnel records available from the National Archives' Personnel Records Center for military personnel who served and left military service before 1946.

New England Historic Genealogical Society
Full access is by subscription only but the New England Historic Genealogical Society website does provide some free information.

Ohio Birth & Death Records
The Lorain County General Health District issues Ohio birth and death certificates.

Ohio Gravestone Photos
Welcome to the Ohio Gravestone Photo Project! The mission of this project is to capture digital images of gravestones of our ancestors. As decades pass-- many stones in Ohio cemeteries are becoming harder, if not impossible, to read the inscriptions they originally contained.

Ohio Web Library- OWL
An evolving collection of thousands of online publications and research resources. The Ohio Web Library includes popular magazines, trade publications, scholarly research journals, newspapers, encyclopedias, dictionaries, speeches, poems, plays, maps, satellite images of Ohio, and more.

Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records
A directory of online death indexes by state and county. Includes death records, death certificate indexes, death notices & registers, obituaries, probate indexes, & cemetery & burial records.

Roots Web
Full access by subscription only. The primary purpose and function of RootsWeb.com is to connect people so that they can help each other and share genealogical research.

Start Your Genealogy Research at the National Archives
The National Archives web site has very few actual records online. The web site's focus is on articles and information on how to conduct in-person research in the different types of records, along with finding aids, such as microfilm indexes.

U S GenWeb
The US GenWeb Project is a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.

United States Vital Records Information
Information on how to obtain birth, death, marriage, and divorce records.

Veterans Records Request
The online military personnel records request system allows you to customize an order form to mail in to request information from your, or your relative's, military personnel records.

Western Reserve Historical Society - Genealogy Resources
A wealth of resources for genealogy research, including seminars and classes, outstanding collections and more.

People Searching

Pipl - A People Search Engine
This website describes itself as "The most comprehensive people search on the web".

Salvation Army Missing Persons Search Service
The prime purpose of The Salvation Army's Missing Person Service is to reunite people in families who wish to find each other.

Social Security Death Index
From ancestry.com: the SSDI from 1935-2014. 

Census and Population Information

Northern Ohio Data and Information Service (NODIS)
A guide to online demographic and economic data for Ohio, especially post-1990 data tables and area profiles.

State and County Quick Facts
Access to facts about people, businesses and geography. You can search by state then county.

US Census Bureau Homepage
Includes a frequently asked questions section.

Lorain Public Library Guidelines to Genealogy Request

Guidelines for Answering Local History and Genealogy Requests 

Ancestry - library edition

https://www.ancestrylibrary.com

This version of the popular ancestry website provides easy access to more than 4,000 genealogy databases with a single search. Coverage focuses primarily on the United States and the United Kingdom, although other areas are covered. Databases include the complete U.S. Census & Index (1790-1940), vital, church, court, and immigration records. 
Can only be used on a computer within the Library.

Adventures in Ancestry

A Research Guide to Special Collections and Public Records 
Produced by Staff of Lorain Public Library System
Updated April, 2016

Lorain Public Library System ­ Main Library Special Collection - Scope Of Collection
The Special Collection is a reference area set aside on the second floor of the Main Library for research in local history and genealogy.

Public Access
The collection is shelved in an open stack area. The public is welcome to use the collection at any time. Books are cataloged by author, title, and subject. Users may consult the online catalog or discuss their research needs with the librarian working at the Reference Desk.

Circulation
Local history and genealogy books stored in Special Collection do not circulate.  Copies of some titles in the Special Collection may also be available for checkout from the circulating collection.

Shelving
Please do not re-shelve the books you have used for research. If you must temporarily leave the area, leave a note on the books. They will remain there for you until the end of the day.

Letters
Librarians cannot research entire family trees for patrons, but will be happy to answer specific requests for information.

Photocopies
Copy machines are located on the first and second floors for use by the public. Copies of printed materials cost 10 cents a page.

General Assistance
Ask a reference librarian for assistance whenever you need it.

Special Collection - Brief Outline of Holdings
Materials in this collection are about the city of Lorain, Lorain County, the state of Ohio; states bordering Ohio; and New England States.

The call number of SC977.123 is assigned to Lorain County history.

The Special Collection (SC) includes

  • some high school yearbooks for the high schools of the city of Lorain
  • local town histories
  • local church histories
  • local biographies and pioneer stories
  • local architecture
  • atlases and maps
  • pamphlets, brochures, city and local business annual reports
  • back runs of genealogy and history periodicals
  • newspaper clippings
  • city directories and phone books
  • Lorain International Festival Princess yearbooks
  • the Charles Berry Medal of Honor memorabilia display
  • the Albert Doane archives including text, drawings and photographs related to local history

Where to Go When Doing Your Genealogy Research

Cemetery Records
Ohio Cemeteries 
(SC 929.3099 OH) is available at the library. It lists cemeteries in Ohio by township in alphabetical order by county. Also available at the library is Cemetery Inscriptions of Lorain County, Ohio (SC 929.3029 OH3) which lists 65 out of 76 smaller cemeteries in the county that do not have cemetery offices on the premises. Cemeteries are listed by township. This information is also available online through the Lorain County Genealogical Society.  Consult the cemetery offices of the larger cemeteries in the county to examine data from their plot records.

Census Records
The United State's government began taking a census of the country's population in 1790. Subsequent censuses were taken every ten years. Census information up to and including 1940 is available for public use, excluding the 1890 census, which was almost completely destroyed by fire. Census information after 1940 is considered private and not available for public use.

Census records for each county are arranged by township. Within each township there is no set pattern whereby the census taker visited households. This explains the fact that some of the microfilm have townships listed alphabetically, while others have townships listed in no particular order. The quality of handwriting as well as the quality of the microfilm varies extensively. Furthermore, census takers at times spelled names wrong or recorded family data incorrectly.

Ohio did not become a state until 1803, so there are no census records for this area before 1810—and the 1810 Ohio Census was destroyed by fire. Because Lorain County was not incorporated until 1824, the 1820 census records for Huron, Medina, and Cuyahoga Counties should be consulted. Many of the older census records for Lorain refer to the community by its older names, Charleston or Black River Township.

The library owns, on microfilm, census schedules up to 1920 for Lorain, Erie, Huron, and Medina counties and 1930 for Lorain County. For the other eighteen neighboring counties in northeastern Ohio, the library owns census microfilm for the years 1850, 1900, 1910 and 1920.

Surname indexes to the Ohio census have been published for the years 1820 to 1860. Also, the library owns an index for the 1870, 1880 and 1890 Censuses for Lorain County. The library owns these and other surname indexes for several other states. Check under the name of the State as a subject on the computer catalog. The library also provides access to most of the census for the country through the online database, Ancestry Library Edition.  This can be used in the Main Library or any branch.

City Directories
City directories contain names, addresses, and telephone numbers of individuals living in an urban area. Because the information is given voluntarily, not everyone living in the community is listed.

City directories for cities and towns in Ohio are stored in the Special Collections area. Though the library owns most of what was formerly published for the city of Lorain, as far back as 1903, library holdings for other communities are incomplete.

The Lorain Historical Society, located at 329 West 10th Street, also has older city directories from Lorain.

City directories for cities and towns in the rest of Ohio and the nation may be found in the Genealogy Library of the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland. Many libraries and historical societies own older editions of city directories for their own communities. Consult the American Library Directory (R 027 AM) and the Directory of Historical Societies and Agencies in the United States and Canada (R 906 DI) for names and addresses.

Immigration Records
Consult the online catalog under the heading "United States - Emigration and Immigration" for the title and call numbers of books which deal with foreign genealogy research. It is also a good idea to look under the name of the country.

Several books deal with the topic of passenger ship arrivals. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index (SC 929.3059) is a research guide to published arrival records of more than one million passengers who came to the United States and Canada before 1900. Passenger surnames are arranged in alphabetical order in three volumes with supplemental volumes for 1982-2002. Additional information may be obtained from the Passenger Arrivals Records Office of the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Form 40 should be requested.

Locating Your Immigrant Ancestor (SC 929.1 NE) is a useful guide to naturalization records. Such records vary from state to state, county to county. They are usually stored where other records are stored for the county. Naturalization records in Lorain County are available in the Clerk of Courts Department, Records Division, Room 109, 225 Court Street, Elyria, Ohio 44035 (440-329-5511). Additional information may be available from the Intent to Become a Citizen form which the immigrant had to fill out five years before becoming a naturalized citizen.

The Ellis Island Foundation website provides a passenger search option.

Marriages
The library has an index covering Lorain County Marriage Records from 1824-84 and the Probate Court Marriage Application Records for 1872-1901 on microfilm. Knowing the month and year of the marriage, look for either the engagement notice or marriage announcement in the Lorain Journal newspaper, available on microfilm back to 1922. For marriages after 190l, consult back issues of the Lorain Times Herald.

The library owns Marriage Application Index to Elyria, Ohio, Newspapers 1830-1874 (SC 929.3771 DI). The index is arranged first by the groom's surname, then by the bride's surname, in a separate cross-index. Elyria Public Library owns back issues of Elyria newspapers on microfilm.

Additional titles are Marriages: Lorain County, Ohio 1824-1865 (SC 929.3039 OH3), arranged alphabetically by surname of both the bride and the groom, and Ohio Marriages (SC 929.3039 OH3s) arranged alphabetically by individual surname and data extracted from past issues of the "Old Northwest Genealogical Quarterly".

Military Records
The library has a number of official rosters in its collection, listing the names of Ohio veterans who fought in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, Civil War, Spanish-American War and World War I.

Additional information about war veterans who served before 1919 may be obtained from the Military Service Records Office of the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Go to their website for find details for such record requests.

Consult Tracing Your Civil War Ancestor (SC 929.3 GR) and Guide to the Archives of the Government of the Confederate States of America (SC 973.7 B392g), for information about Civil War military records. Also, there is an Index to the Civil War Roster for Ohio on 4 rolls of microfilm in the Computer Resources Room.

The Ohio Historical Society has posted some searchable databases on the Internet.

Ancestry Library Edition, found on the Ohio Web Library page, also includes a listing of the Andersonville Prisoners of War.

Obituaries
The library adds current local obituary information to the online Ohio Obituary Index maintained by the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. 

Obituaries usually appear in the newspaper one to three days after the date of death. The Lorain Journal is available on microfilm back to its origin in 1922. The Lorain Times-Herald is available on microfilm as well, covering 1901-1932. The Social Security Death Index can be used to find the date and place of death. To search this resource go to Ancestry Library Edition.  Go to this link to access 'Ohio Deaths 1958-2000'. 

The library owns the Obituary Index to Elyria, Ohio Newspapers 1830-1874 (SC 929.377 DI) and Obituary Index to Elyria, Ohio Newspapers 1875-1883 (SC 929.3771 D586o). The indexes are arranged by surname of the deceased. Elyria Public Library owns back issues of Elyria newspapers on microfilm.

One can use a library computer to access the Chronicle-Telegram Digital Archive for articles from 1840 to the present.

For research outside of Lorain County, consult Guide to Ohio Newspapers 1793-1973 (SC 071.71 OH), which lists newspaper holdings of neighboring libraries in Ohio. The data is arranged alphabetically by name of locality.

Public Property Records
Lorain County property tax records are available at the office of the Lorain County Auditor in the Lorain County Administration Building in Elyria. Records of deeds, indexed by the name of both the buyer and seller, are available at the office of the Lorain County Recorder or through their website. Records at these offices date back to 1824 when the county was organized.

For older records refer to Early Ohio Tax Records and The Index to Early Ohio Tax Records, both SC 929.3069 OH. Also consult Index to Ohio Tax Lists 1800-1810 (SC 929.3069 OH). Some sources are: Early Ohio Settlers: Purchasers of Land in Southwestern Ohio, 1800-1840 (SC 929.3069 Oh3sw); Early Ohio Settlers: Purchasers of Land in Southeastern Ohio, 1800-1840 (SC 929.3069 Oh3se); and Early Ohio Settlers: Purchasers Of Land In East And East Central Ohio, 1800-1840 (SC 929.3069 Oh3se).

Vital Records
Vital records are either birth, death, marriage, or divorce records, usually found in county or state office buildings. Consult Where to Write for Vital Records (SC 929.2 W574) for fees and addresses of local and state agencies housing these records. Listings are by state, with cost of copy, address of agency and remarks on records available. Note that fees may have increased since the guide was published. Lorain County birth and death records are housed in the Lorain County Record Retention Center. Note that birth and death records are only available from 1867 to 1908. The Lorain County Probate Court has marriage records since 1824. Researching records at the Probate Court is not difficult because a surname index has been compiled for all the records housed there. Birth and death certificates are available since December 20, 1908, in the Lorain County Health Department. Duplicate copies of these records are also stored in Columbus at the Division of Vital Statistics, Ohio Department of Health.The library also owns duplicate copies of Lorain County birth records from 1867 to 1908, as well as copies of Lorain County death records from 1867 to 1889. Duplicate copies of Lorain County marriage records are available from 1824 to 1901. A separate marriage records index on microfilm is also available at the library, covering 1824-1884.

Update On Ohio Death Records
Ohio Death Records for the period from December 20, 1908 to December 31, 1936 are at the Ohio Historical Society. The OHS mailing address is: 1982 Velma Ave., Columbus, OH 43211-2497. For 1913-1937 the OHS has a searchable online database:

Death Certificate Index, 1913-1944. 
The URL is https://www.ohiohistory.org/learn/archives-library/death-records The death record indexes and death records for all years after 1944, are at the Bureau of Vital Statistics, Ohio Department of Health. The mailing address is: P.O. Box 15098, Columbus, OH 43215-0098. Phone 1-614-466-2531. The physical location is 35 E. Chestnut, 6th floor, Columbus, OH. Write OHS for a form to use when ordering death records 1908-1944 by mail. Current forms and fees are available online at the Ohio Department of Health. In person, you may use the microfilm of those records at the OHS Archives Library, Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00 am-5:00pm. There is a microfiche index. Source: OGS Report 35:1 (1995) Spring

Lorain Public Library has the following Census Holdings On Microfilm*

1820: Huron (includes part of Lorain County), Cuyahoga (includes part of Lorain County) and Medina (includes part of Lorain County).

1830: Lorain (includes Medina), Huron (includes Erie County area), Highland, Harrison, Hancock, Holmes, Logan, Marion, Meigs.

1840: Erie, Huron, Lorain, Medina.

1850: Ashland, Ashtabula, Columbiana, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Huron, Lake, Lawrence, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Ottawa, Paulding, Perry, Portage, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Wayne, Williams, Wood, Wyandot.

1860: Erie, Huron, Lorain, Medina.

1870: Erie, Huron, Lorain, Medina.

1880: Erie, Huron, Lorain, Medina.

1900: Ashland, Ashtabula, Clinton, Columbiana, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Darke, Erie, Fairfield, Gallia, Geauga, Greene, Huron, Knox, Logan, Lorain, Mahoning, Marion, Medina, Noble, Ottawa, Paulding, Pike, Portage, Putnam, Richland, Ross,Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Washington, Wayne, Williams, Wood, Wyandot.

1910: Allen, Ashland, Ashtabula, Athens, Columbiana, Coshocton, Crawford, Darke, Cuyahoga, Erie, Fairfield (part), Geauga, Greene, Guernsey (part), Holmes, Huron, Lake, Licking, Logan, Medina, Lorain, Mahoning, Mercer, Portage, Richland, Preble, Putnam (part), Ross (part), Sandusky, Seneca (part), Vinton, Shelby, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Warren, Wood, Wayne, Wyandot, Williams.

1920: Ashland, Ashtabula, Columbiana, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Ottawa, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Wayne, Wyandot.

1930: Lorain County.
*Print indexes up to 1860 are available in Special Collection SC 929.3019771 Oh.The 1870 Census Index for Lorain County is shelved in Special Collections.The 1880 Census Index for Ohio is available in the Microfilm Area.

Some Lorain County Probate Court information can be searched online through the Lorain County Domestic Relations website; or through the Lorain county Records Retention Center website.

Microfilm Available at the Main Library

Film #1 Birth Record 1898-1908, Marriage Record Index 1824-1884, Death Record 1867-1889.

Film #2 Birth Record 1867-1897 (an index precedes each volume).

Film #3 Marriage Application Record 1872-1884 (no index - grooms grouped by last initial).

Film #4 Marriage Application Record June, 1875 - March, 1884 (no index, records arranged chronologically).

Film #5 Marriage Application Record May, 1884 - August, 1894 (groom index at front of tape, records arranged chronologically)

Film #6 Marriage Application Record 1894-1901 (groom index for each volume).Genealogical Data Relating to Women in the Western Reserve before 1840 (1850) (grouped by township, covers Ashland,Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Summit and Trumbull counties - contains married name, maiden name, year of arrival, where from and last residence. There is an index to this microfilm in the Special Collection - Index - Women in the Western Reserve Before 1840 SC 929.3 We.

Local Groups and Organizations

Cleveland Branch Library Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints (Mormons)

25000 Westwood Road
Westlake, Ohio 44l45
(440) 777-1518      Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Evenings Tues., Wed., Thurs. 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
(Call before going - Volunteer staff)
No Admission Charge.

Elyria Public Library

320 Washington Avenue
Elyria, Ohio 44035
(440) 323-5747
Genealogy Collection located in the Ohio Room.

Fairview Park Regional Library - Cuyahoga County Public Library
21255 Lorain Rd
Fairview Park, Ohio 44126
(440) 333-4700 
fax - (440) 333-0697 
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Fri., Sat. 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Lorain County Chapter Ohio Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 865
Elyria, Ohio 44036-0865
Meetings: 2nd Monday of Month, 7:00 p.m. at the North Ridgeville Branch of the Lorain Public Library System, 35700 Bainbridge Road, North Ridgeville, Ohio 44039, 440-327-8326.  Contact person: Pete Hritsko at 440-967-8002.
(Call ahead to confirm meeting place.)

Lorain County Administration Building

226 Middle Avenue
Elyria, Ohio 44035
Probate Court 4th Floor
(440) 329-5175 (Elyria)/(216) 244-6261 (Lorain)
Marriage records since 1824.
Birth and Death records 1867-1908.

Lorain County Health Department
9880 S. Murray Ridge Road
Elyria, Ohio 44035
(440) 322-6367 (Elyria)/(440) 244-3418 (Lorain)
Birth and Death records since 1908, including Elyria and Lorain.

Lorain County Historical Society
284 Washington Avenue
Elyria, Ohio 44035
(440) 322-3341 (Elyria)
Fax - (440) 322-0893
Library Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Admission: Adults $5.00

Lorain Historical Society
The Carnegie Center
329 West 10th Street
Lorain OH  44052  
440-245-2563 or www.lorainhistory.org

Ohio Department of Health - Bureau of Vital Statistics

P. O. Box 15098
Columbus, Ohio 43215-0098
Birth and Death records since Jan. 1, 1937

Ohio Genealogical Society
611 State Route 9 West
Bellville, Ohio 44813-8813
(419) 886-1903

Ohio Historical Society History Center
800 East 17th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43211
800-686-6124
Birth and Death Records Dec. 20, 1908 - Dec. 31, 1936.

The Western Reserve Historical Society Research Library
10825 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
(216) 721-5722

Periodical Holdings In The Special Collection

American Genealogist 
1974 - present

Detroit Society For Genealogical Research Magazine 
1973 - 2014

Echoes (Ohio Historical Society) 

1962 - present

The Firelands Pioneer Old Series 
Books 1 & 2; New Series Vols. II, VIII, X, XI, XIII, XIV, XVII, XX-XXV; Third Series Vols. I-VI.

Gateway To The West 
1968 - 1978

Genealogical Helper 
1956 - 1959, 1974 - present

 

German Genealogy Digest 
1989 - present

Inland Seas 
1982 - present

Lorain County Researcher 
1984 - present

National Genealogical Society Newsletter 
1975 - present

National Genealogical Society Quarterly 
1957 - 1959, 1963 - 1971, 1973 - present

New England Historic Genealogical Society Register 
1847 ­ 1982 microfilm; 1974 ­ present; bound

New York Genealogical And Biographical Record 
1974 - present

Newsletter Of The New England Historic Genealogical Society (Nexus) 1979 - present

Ohio Genealogical Society Newsletter 
1970 - present

Ohio Historical Quarterly 
(formerly: Ohio Archaeological and Historical Society Publications) 1955 - 1961

Ohio History 
(formerly: Ohio Historical Quarterly) 1993-2010

Ohio Records And Pioneer Families 
1960 - present

Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine 
1973 - present

The Report (OGS) 
1971 - present

Timeline 
1985 - present

Old Lorain County Newspapers - Lorain Public Library
This list contains the names (and dates available on microfilm) of some of the many newspapers published in Lorain County, beginning in 1829. All were published in Elyria, the county seat, except for the Times-Herald, Daily News, Daily Democrat, Lorain Labor Leader, and Lorain Journal/Morning Journal (all published in the city of Lorain); and the Amherst Weekly News and News-Times (published in Amherst).

All of the following newspapers are available for public viewing on rolls (or reels) of microfilm which are kept (and used) in the Computer Resources room, located on the second floor of the Lorain Public Library System Main Branch Library.

These rolls of microfilm are stored in individual boxes, arranged in microfilm cabinet drawers by Groups (also listed below). Copies of articles from these newspapers can be made on the microfilm reader-printer, at a cost of 10 cents per copy (allow about 2-6 copies per full newspaper page). CAUTION: Occasionally, there may be one or more issues missing from a roll of newspaper microfilm.

Lorain Gazette July 1829 - November 1831 Group K

Ohio AtlasElyria AdvertiserElyria Republican, (and) The People's Banner 1832 - 1843 (incomplete) Group K

Lorain Standard April 1840 Group K

Old Tip's Broom June 1840 Group K

Independent Treasury November 1841 - 1842 Group K

Lorain Republican November 1842 - December 1844 Group K

Buckeye Sentinel June 1844 - July 1845 Group A

Elyria Courier November 1846 - January 1854 Group B

Lorain Argus 1848 - 1855 Group A

Lorain County Eagle March 1857 - May 1861 Group H

The Budget June 1860 Group K

Lorain Constitutional October 1866 - March 1872 Group G

Elyria Constitution March 1875 - September 1887 Group G

Elyria Astonisher August 1878 - November 1879 Group K

The Weekly Times October 1881 - March 1882 Group K

Elyria Daily Telephone April 1886 - December 1887 Group D

Lorain County Reporter January 1892 - November 1898 Group I

Elyria Daily Reporter September 1898 - December 1901 Group C

Elyria Weekly Reporter December 1898 - December 1905 Group F

Lorain Daily Democrat - October 1900 - June 1903 Group M

Lorain Times-Herald May 1901 - December 1932 —

Lorain Times-Herald - January 1903 - March 1907 Group P

Elyria Reporter January 1903 - April 1907 Group E

Lorain Daily News January 1904 - August 1918 Group J

Amherst Weekly News - July 1914 - May 1919 Group O

Elyria Evening Telegram - January 1916 - June 1919 Group N

Amherst News-Times - May 1919 - August 1924 Group L

Lorain Journal/Morning Journal - beginning 1922 - —

Lorain Labor Leader - May 1943 - December 1946; (and) January 1981 - December 1982

In addition to the classified Special Collection books, the following materials may be useful to the genealogy researcher or local historian:

Pamphlet Files for the city of Lorain, Lorain County, and Ohio

Newspaper clippings, pamphlets, reports, and other documents, filed alphabetically by subject or category.

Lorain Journal - The Library has an index to the Lorain (Morning) Journal for 1970, 1974 - present.

Newspaper Microfilm Includes 20-25 miscellaneous newspapers published in Elyria, 1829-1905 (county- (Periodicals) wide coverage); plus the Lorain Daily News, 1904- 1918; Lorain Times-Herald, 1901-1932; Lorain Journal (later named The Morning Journal), 1922- present

Census Microfilm Lorain, Erie, Huron and Medina Counties, 1830-1920 (complete); Cuyahoga and 17 (Periodicals) other northeast Ohio counties, 1850, 1900, 1910, and 1920 (the Western Reserve area);' additional census microfilm, as well as theSoundex or Miracode (a microfilm index to the 1880, 1900, and 1910 census) are available through inter-library loan (ILL) or at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland.

Lorain County Six rolls of microfilm, listing birth and death records (1867-1908, indexed) and (Periodicals) Court Records marriage records (1824-1900, indexed), from the Lorain County Probate Court.

New England - The entire run of this magazine, from 1847, is on 25 rolls of microfilm (including Historical & an index for the first 50 years of publication); recent issues are in Special Genealogical Collections.

Circulating Books
The Adult and Children's collections have many local history and genealogy titles that may circulate.

Ohio counties were established by the legislature. Often they were attached to older counties until they were organized. While Ohio law required counties to keep local records, younger counties were permitted to copy records from the parent county.

List Of Cemeteries In Lorain County That Have Records Not Listed In Cemetery Inscriptions Of Lorain County, Ohio 1980.

Brookdale Cemetery 
41600 Oberlin Rd., Elyria, OH 44035 (440) 322-3896

Calvary Cemetery 
555 N. Ridge Rd., W., Lorain, OH 44053 (440) 233-5117

Elmhurst Park Cemetery 
32787 Detroit Rd., Avon, OH 44011 (440) 937-5061

Elmwood Cemetery 
640 W. North Ridge Rd., Lorain, OH 44053 (440) 233-5115

Holy Trinity 
33601 Detroit Rd., Avon, OH 44011 (440) 937-5363 (Church)

Resthaven Memory Garden 
3700 Center Rd., Avon, OH 44011 (440) 934-6555

Ridge Hill Memorial Park 
44805 N. Ridge Rd., W., Amherst, OH 44001 (440) 233-5113

Ridgelawn Cemetery 
Ridge & Gulf Rd., Elyria, OH 44035 (440) 322-2390

St. Mary's Cemetery 
7284 Lake Ave., Elyria, OH 44035 (440) 324-2675

Wellington Union Cemetery 
101 Cemetery Rd., Wellington, OH 44090 (440) 647-7671

Westwood Cemetery 
Morgan St., Oberlin, OH 44074