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Genealogy Portal

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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

Department Services
The Wayne County Public Library provides access to several genealogy databases as a service to its patrons. Some databases may only be accessed by visiting the library. Other databases may be accessed from home with a valid library card. Other databases listed below may be accessed anywhere with Internet access.


Frequently Used Databases

  • Access World News: Remote access with valid library card
    • More than 665 million current and archived articles can be searched, browsed, printed, emailed and even cited from over 10,000 news sources around the world! Extensive, exclusive coverage in Wooster and throughout the state of Ohio, the United States and all over the globe! Available in the library and remotely with your library card on an easy-to-use mobile responsive interface. Includes quick links into suggested topics for your convenience.
  • African American Heritage: Oplin database, Remote access with valid library card
  • American Ancestors: Main library use only
  • Ancestry Library Edition: Oplin database, Library Use Only
  • FamilySearch: Anywhere with Internet access
  • Fold3: Oplin database, Remote access with valid library card
  • Heritage Quest Online: Remote access with valid library card
  • WCPL Catalog: Anywhere with Internet access


  • Billion Graves: Anywhere with Internet access; browse free of charge; subscription available for more details"
  • Find-A-Grave: Anywhere with Internet access; includes tombstone inscriptions; may find obituaries, photos, and other documents
  • Legacy.com: Anywhere with Internet access; includes obituaries posted by Funeral homes
  • RB Hayes Obituary Index: Anywhere with Internet access; includes representation from more than 36 Ohio counties

Local Newspapers

  • Ohio Newspapers: Remote access with valid library card.
    • Includes the Akron Beacon Journal 1984 - present; the Ashland Times-Gazette 2006 - present; several newspapers from the Columbus area; Medina Sun 2007 - present; Plain Dealer (Cleveland) 1991 - present; Repository (Canton) 1999- present; and many more titles.
  • The Daily Record (official website): The Daily Record covers news, sports, and events in Wooster and surrounding Wayne County, Ohio.
  • The Daily Record Collection: Remote access with valid library card.
    • This links provides images to the Wooster Daily Record from 2018. Text-based articles date back to 1999.
  • Historical Newspapers of Wayne County, Ohio 24 newspaper titles covering the years 1840-1982: Anywhere with Internet access
    • Creston Journal 1904-1930
    • Dalton Gazette 1875-2002
    • Rittman Press 1912-1979
    • Wayne County Democrat 1850-1913
    • West Salem Messenger 1963-2019
    • Wooster Daily News 1883-1885
    • Wooster Daily Republican 1890-1895
    • Wooster Republican 1853-1908
    • Shreve News1907-1952
    • For a complete listing, see Community History Archive of the Wayne County Public Library.
  • Wayne County Democrat 31 issues sporadically covering 1845-1891 and November 1913: Anywhere with Internet access
  • Wooster Daily News 1906-1913, 1917-1920:Anywhere with Internet access
  • Wooster Daily Republican 1917-1920: Anywhere with Internet access
  • Miscellaneous Historical Wayne County, Ohio Newspapers: Variety of titles and years covered; Not searchable


Society Databases

Wayne County, Ohio Digital Collections

Internal Databases
Volunteers and staff members have spent countless hours working on many projects. Many of these projects are now available through this website. Other projects are still in progress. Additional databases may be found on the Internal Databases page of the Wayne County, Ohio Online Resource Center.

Wayne County, Ohio Databases



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Burial Records

Census Records

Court Records

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WCPL Main Branch (2nd floor), Part of Adult Services Department (Next to the elevator) 220 West Liberty St., Wooster, OH 44691.


Beginning September 20, 2021, the Genealogy and Local History Department will open for the public. Facial masks are strongly recommended regardless of vaccination status.

Staff continue to answer questions. We are currently experiencing a significant backlog with more challenging and time consuming requests. However, we try to answer the simple, look-up questions within 1-2 weeks. If you have questions, please contact the department by phone or email.

The Wayne County Public Library is currently open limited hours for the public. Branch and Main Library hours differ. Beginning June 1, 2021, the Genealogy and Local History will be open the following hours:
Monday 10:00 am–8:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am–8:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am–8:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am–1:00 pm
If you do not feel comfortable coming into the library, curbside service is available at all locations.


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Mailing Address: Wayne County Public Library Genealogy and Local History 304 N. Market St. Wooster, OH 44691. telephone: 330-262-0916, ext. 4670 email: genealogy@wcpl.info


Adult Librarian - Genealogy

Doug, MLS
Adult Librarian

Digital Collection
The Genealogy and Local History Department has been providing digital images through our department's website for the convenience of our researchers.

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Research assistance

To request information, you may contact the department several ways:

  1. Mail your request to the Wayne County Public Library; Genealogy and Local History; 304 N. Market St.; Wooster, OH 44691
  2. Email genealogy@wcpl.info
  3. Phone the department at 330-262-0916, ext. 4670. Only simple questions will be answered by phone. Any detailed request should be submitted by mail or email.

When requesting information, please be specific with your request. Please limit the requested items to five per month. Include names of interest, approximate dates, and places the events may have taken place.

Due to volume of requests and helping researchers who come into the department, we will answer your requests as quickly as time permits. See Research services and fees for a complete list of available services and costs.

Guides to Collection
Many items located in our department are not cataloged. Some of these items are listed through our department's website.

Guides to Collection

Other Services
Information found in the Genealogy and Local History Department of the Wayne County Public Library extends beyond the county line. For a description of the scope of the collection, please view our Collection Guidelines.

On 21 August 2009, the Wayne County Public Library was certified as a designated FamilySearch Affiliate Library. This certification permitted researchers to order in microfilm from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. On 1 September 2017, microfilm lending services were discontinued. FamilySearch anticipates all current microfilm to be digitally available by the year 2020. Please be patient between the discontinuation date and the time when all current microfilm will be digitized.

Wayne County was the parent county of both Ashland County, Ohio and Holmes County, Ohio. Other Neighboring Counties include Stark County to the East and Summit County to the Northeast and Medina County to the North. Ashland is to the West of Wayne County and Holmes County is to the South.
The Genealogy and Local History Department of the Wayne County Public Library has updated several new pages on the wiki. An ongoing task is to have a listing of all known churches in Wayne County, Ohio from its settlement in 1808 to present day. The Wayne County, Ohio Churches (Table) has recently been updated.
The First Baptist Church in Wooster was originally known as Bethany Baptist Church and was founded in 1812. Prior to Bethany Church, it was known as the "Regular Baptist Church of Jesus Christ". This first congregation met in a blockhouse used to protect the first settlers from the Indigenous peoples. Some of the first known Baptists who moved to Wooster were David and Lydia Kimpton and Philip B. Griffith. They were here in 1810. In 1811, Ezekial and Hannah Jones and family settled in same area.
Did you know...
Did you know the house that is on the corner of Beall Ave and High St in Wooster was built in 1861? The house was owned by only two different families. The first owner was Anthony Wright. When he died, the house was deeded to his only daughter, Sarah Elizabeth (Wright) Quinby. It left the family when Sarah sold the property to William and Mary Fike in 1908. When William and Mary Fike died, the house passed down to their only daughter, Elizabeth Lorson. It remained in her position until she sold it to the Noble Foundation Inc in 2007.
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The deed to the house was transferred a couple more times since 2007 and is currently used as a Pathway House.
About Us
This website serves as both source and repository for research pertaining to the local history of Wayne County and the genealogy of its residents. 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 on a specific family name, search for the name followed by "(surname)" without quotation marks. To find information about the Smith family, for example, you would search for "Smith (surname)" without quotation marks. For historical information on specific businesses in Wayne County, Ohio, browse through our business history category or do a search on the name of the business.