Did you know, there are more people living in the United States with British ancestry than persons presently living in Britain who have British ancestry? Did you know, Ohio has one of the highest concentrations of people with Welsh ancestry?
Ohio’s population ranks seventh in the nation. With eighty-eight counties, nearly 11.6 million people (282 people per square mile of land), it can seem onerous to find specific ancestors amid the millions that have lived in or been touched by the seventeenth state’s rich history. FamilySearch’s Ohio Genealogy site can help.
FamilySearch’s Ohio Wiki page offers Ohioans and Ohio roots-seekers a wealth of information about their ancestry, genealogy and family history. Continually updated, the Ohio wiki page has been accessed nearly 320,000 times. Why? Because it offers a dynamic, easy to access means of finding ancestors.
FamilySearch links seekers to Census records (1880 to 1940), over 1.4 million birth records, more than 1.6 million marriage records, and links to cemetery records, obituary indexes, historical maps and gazetteers. Offering more than just names of ancestors and dates of occurrences in their lives, the website also offers links to vital historical, demographic and geographic information. For example, 100 years ago Catholics, Methodists, Presbyterians and Lutherans accounted for 69% of Ohio’s religious population, suggesting certain archives of those churches that might be helpful to researchers. Another helpful clue for genealogical research is historical immigration, emigration and migration patterns. FamilySearch even links to the 438 executions performed in Ohio between 1792 and 1963. (We all have skeletons in our closets).
There is much more available on the site including military history and records, information about naturalization and citizenship, links to local newspapers and Native American records, and more.
Free to researchers, FamilySearch (sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) is the largest genealogy organization of its kind in the world. Some sites to which FamilySearch links are subscription sites, Ancestry.com for example. Others, such as vital records or archive sites, might charge a fee to provide information like copies of birth or death certificates. Free access to Ancestry.com may be obtained at an LDS Family History Center near you. To find the nearest of the 4,745 Family History Center’s world-wide, check out the Family History Center locator page.
The LDS Church has strong historic links to Ohio, particularly in the Kirtland area.