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Welcome to
Genealogy Portal
  • About

The Wayne County Online Resource Center, Genealogy Portal serves as both source and repository for research pertaining to the Wayne County residents. It is not a complete record of all residents of the county. It serves as a platform that encourages others in the community to submit information for the Wayne County (OH) Wiki.

Two other portals exist: Business and Local History. The Business Portal focuses on a variety of businesses, some that have seen their time come and go while others are still active in the community. The Local History Portal focuses on other aspects of local history.

For an introduction to conducting genealogical research, see our Getting started guide.

If you're looking for something specific, use the search bar above.

To find information about the Smith family, for example, you would search for "Smith (surname)" without quotation marks.



Ancestry Library Edition includes census, vital, court, and property records and so much more.


Fold3 focuses on military records.


FamilySearch includes digital images of international records. Not all are searchable.

Find A Grave

Find A Grave includes tombstone inscriptions, photos of tombstones, and family information.

Obituary Index

Our Obituary Index includes obituaries, death notices, burial information and estate papers.

Historical Newspapers

The Historical Newspaper Archive includes Wayne County newspapers dating back to 1836.

  • Our Services

The staff in the Genealogy and Local History collection of the Adult Department is here to help you in your quest to find information on your family. Also, the collection includes directories, historical files, newspapers dating back to 1822, and much more to assist you in local history research.

Visitor: Our physical location is 220 W. Liberty St., in downtown Wooster. We are located on the 2nd floor.

Email: Please send requests to genealogy@wcpl.info

Mail: Please send requests to Wayne County Public Library; Genealogy and Local History; 304 N. Market St; Wooster, OH 44691

Phone: 330.262.0916, ext. 4670. Please limit phone calls to simple requests only. For more detailed requests, please send a letter or email.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers and the support of the College of Wooster interns have been the backbone of collection development in Genealogy and Local History.

Many of our resources available today were the product of former and present-day staff members; library volunteers; members of the Wayne County Historical Society and the Wayne County Genealogical Society; College of Wooster intern students; Kent State University intern and practicum students; and many other community members.

Once the Covid-19 restrictions loosen, we hope to welcome many of our library volunteers back to the department and look forward to working with new volunteers. Volunteer projects include indexing, digitizing, and populating the pages of our Online Historical Archive.

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Instructional Guides and Videos

There are more than 20 videos available through the library's You Tube Channel that cover genealogy and local history topics. More will become available as time permits.

Wayne County Public Library You Tube

Instructional videos

Instructional videos, local history

How-To Series: Getting Started

How-To Series: Wayne County Resources, Cemetery Records

How-To Series: Wayne County Resources, Court Records

Wayne County Records Online

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Upcoming events

Meet at Fredericksburg East Cemetery at 11:00 a.m.


Wayne County Public Library, Wooster, Conference Room East from 6:00-8:00 p.m.


Zoom program with Kathy Haueisen, 1:00-2:00 p.m.


Wayne County Public Library, Wooster, Conference Room from 6:30-8:00 p.m.


Wayne County Public Library, Shreve Branch, 2:00-3:00 p.m.