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Welcome to the Wayne County Public Library Genealogy Portal.

Topics in Genealogy
Birth Census Court Death Ethnicity Genealogies Immigration Marriage Property

Pedigree Charts
Pedigree charts are very useful tools for genealogists of all levels. These charts show the direct ancestors, such as parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc. They may be found in 3-generations, 4-generations, 5-generations...up to 15-generations plus. They may be presented in several ways. Most include the person's name, birth date, birth place, marriage date, death date, and place of death. Many forms also include a line for place of marriage.

Most pedigree charts use a numbering system. Number 1 is the person of reference. Number 2 is for the father, number 3 is for the mother, numbers 4-7 are for the grandparents, numbers 8-15 are for the great-grandparents, etc. Even numbers are used for the males and odd numbers for the females.

Each generation is doubled in regards to the number of ancestors.

  • 1 Reference Person
  • 2 Parents
  • 4 Grandparents
  • 8 Great-Grandparents
  • 16 Great-Great-Grandparents
  • 32 Great-Great-Great-Grandparents
You may find blank forms online through Ancestry Library Edition or Cyndis List or any genealogy software program has the option to print pedigree charts.
Surname Searches
The Wayne County (OH) Wiki has many names of individuals throughout its pages. These individuals may be connected with an occupation, included in property records, census records, family reunions, multi-generation photos and much more. When detailed information on individuals are found, Wiki editors create a page for that individual. One example would be the Reasin Beall page. The quickest way to find pages about individuals is to do a search on the surname. If you would like to adopt a family page, please notify Deb in the Genealogy and Local History Department.
Compiled Genealogies
Compiled genealogies may be used as a guide when researching one's ancestry. However, much care needs taken when using someone else's research, especially when no documentation has been included.

Some websites of interest include:

Our department depends on researchers to donated their compiled genealogies. Wiki includes a listing of published family histories and family papers.
Family Group Sheets
The family group sheet is another very important document that researchers of all levels need. Where the pedigree chart focuses on the direct lineage, the family group sheet is completed for each family unit. It includes the father, mother, and all the children. Children should be listed from the oldest to the youngest.

Family group sheets provide fields for the name, birth date and place, marriage date and place, death date and place, and burial date and place. In addition, the family group sheet provides space to include occupation, military service, church affiliation, multiple marriages, and parents' names.

You may find blank forms online through Ancestry Library Edition or Cyndis List or any genealogy software program has the option to print family group sheets.
Narratives may be compiled through genealogy software programs or word-processing software such as Word. Narratives may include annotations or stories of ancestors. They may include a listing of the ancestors with their vital information such as birth, marriage, and death date.
Family Reunions
Newspapers are full of good information. One type of article often found is a notice on family reunions. Many times, these notices are full of genealogy. Our department has a notebook of family reunion notices published in the local newspapers. This is not a complete file nor has the index been completely "wikified".
Lost and Found Ancestor Photos
Many times families find photos of unidentified ancestors. Some find their way in antique shops. Others find their way to estate, yard or garage sales. Many have found a home at local libraries. At the Wayne County Public Library, we have many unidentified photos. This section of Wiki focuses on displaying these unidentified photos.
Donations of Family Histories and Papers
The Genealogy and Local History Department depends on researchers to donate their family histories. The preferred format is print. When possible, please include an index or table of contents with donated family histories.

We have a growing collection of Family papers and Family histories. Family papers are a collection of loose leaf papers organized by surname. These may include 1 or 2 sheets of paper or several envelopes. Contents may include research notes, family group sheets, pedigree charts, wills, copies of census records or obituaries, and much more. Staff do not have the time to keep families with the same surnames grouped together. It is the responsibility of the researcher to sort through the papers and determine which documents go with which families.

Family histories are published works. They may be self-published or published by a publisher. Some include indexes. Many do not.

The department is not responsible for any incorrect information in the family papers or family histories. Similar to online compiled genealogies, researchers should evaluate the information, verify the information through their own research, and draw their own conclusions based on the information compiled through multiple resources.
Generation Photos
In the local newspapers, community members often submit multi-generation photos. These photos may be three-, four-, or five-generations. Our department has several notebooks that include multi-generation photos published in the local newspapers. This is not a complete file.