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Wayne County, Ohio Online Resource Center Portals
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Welcome to the Wayne County Public Library Genealogy Portal.
Upcoming programs include: Beginning Genealogy on Thursday, August 3 from 6-8 p.m.; Online Genealogy on Thursday, August 10 from 6-8 p.m.; Family History Writing Group on Wednesday, August 16 from 10-11 a.m.; Genealogy One-on-One on Thursday, August 17 from 10-12 noon and 2-4 p.m. (Contact the Department to sign up); The Jeffery Brothers: Unknown Heroes of the Wayne County Underground Railroad on Thursday, August 24 from 7-8 p.m. A complete listing of upcoming programs may be found through the Wayne County, Ohio Online Resource Center under Genealogy and Local History Programs
To request information, you may contact the department several ways:
- Mail your request to the Wayne County Public Library; Genealogy and Local History; PO Box 1349; Wooster, OH 44691
- Email email@example.com.
- Phone the department at 330-262-0916, ext. 7139. 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.
At times, our volume of requests is quite heavy. Requests are answered in the order we receive them. We will answer your reply as quickly as time permits. Please refer to Research services and fees
for a complete list of available services and costs.
Did you know...
Did you know seat of justice was laid out in the fall of 1808 by the Proprietors, John Bever, William Henry and Joseph H. Larwill? The town of Madison became the seat of justice for the county on 30 May 1811. In the April session of 1814, the town of Madison was vacated and Wooster
was chosen as the county-seat (Douglass p. 284). Wooster was incorporated as a town on 13 October 1817 and advanced to a city of the 2nd class on 9 September 1868. To honor the incorporation of Wooster as a town, the Genealogy and Local History Department is offering a series of local history programs. The kick off was in June with the 120th Anniversary celebration of the Wayne County Public Library
. It will continue through the Fall of 2017. Upcoming local history topics of interest include: The Jeffery Brothers: Unknown Heroes of the Wayne County Underground Railroad
on August 24 from 7:00-8:00 p.m.; Murder, Mayhem and Mysterious Hauntings of Wayne County, Ohio
on October 12 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.; and Civil War Tokens of Wayne County, Ohio
on November 9 from 7-8 p.m. Other upcoming programs
are listed on our website.
Volunteers and staff members have spent countless hours working on many projects. Many of these projects are now available through the Wayne County (OH) Wiki. These and other projects are still a work-in-progress and will find their way to the Wiki in the future. The completed projects may be found with the subject of interest. For example, Milestone Birthdays may be found through the Genealogy Portal under the subject of Birth. Family Reunions may be found through the Genealogy Portal under the subject of Genealogies. The index to our World War II Scrapbook may be found through the Local History Portal under the subject of Military. School reunions may be found through the Local History Portal subject Education. A complete list of internal databases may be viewed online.
External websites may be found throughout the Wayne County (OH) Wiki. Similar to the internal databases, these links may be found by subject. For the convenience of our researchers, here is an external link to some of the most commonly used websites.
WCPL Main Branch (2nd floor)
220 West Liberty St.
Wooster, OH 44691
Wayne County Public Library
Genealogy and Local History
PO Box 1349
Wooster, OH 44691
telephone: 330-262-0916, ext. 7139
Deborah, Genealogy Librarian
- Bachelor's in Business Administration (BSBA), The University of Akron
- Master's in Library Science (MLS), Kent State University
- Certified Public Librarian, Ohio Library Council
- Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies (PLCGS), National Institute of Genealogical Studies
Christina, Genealogy Associate
Elaine, Library Assistant
The Wayne County Public Library provides access to several genealogy databases
as a service to its patrons.
Most Used Databases
Wayne County, Ohio Digital Collections
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.