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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

Upcoming programs include: Family History Writing Group on Wednesday, May 17 from 10-11 a.m.; How Do You Know What You Know? on Saturday, May 20 from 1-2 p.m.; Military Records at the Library on Monday, May 22 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Anniversary Celebration of the Wayne County Public Library on Saturday, June 17 from 10-12 noon. Family History Writing Group on Wednesday, June 21 from 10-11 a.m. A complete listing of upcoming programs may be found on the Wayne County (OH) Wiki under Genealogy and Local History Programs.
Did you know...
Did you know the Wooster Free Library was established in 1897? The current Wooster Branch of the Wayne County Public Library was dedicated June 2007. We will be celebrating these two milestones on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 10-12 noon.

Internal Databases

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.


Monday 10:00am–8:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am–8:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am–5:00pm
Thursday 10:00am–8:00pm
Friday 10:00am–5:00pm
Saturday 10:00am–2:00pm


GLH Microfilm cabinets

Wayne County Public Library Genealogy and Local History PO Box 1349, Wooster, OH 44691. telephone: 330-262-0916, ext. 7139 email: gen-dsk@wcpl.info


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

Department services
The Wayne County Public Library provides access to several genealogy databases as a service to its patrons.


Other Services

Research assistance

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

  1. Mail you request to the Wayne County Public Library; Genealogy and Local History; PO Box 1349; Wooster, OH 44691
  2. Email gen-dsk@wcpl.info.
  3. Phone the department at 330-262-0916, ext. 7139. When make a phone request, please limit your request to simple questions. Any detailed request should be submitted by mail or email.

When requesting information, please be specific with your request Limit the requested items to no more than five. Include names of interest, approximate dates, and places the events may have taken place. Please refer to Research services and fees for a complete list of available services and costs.

Your request will be answered as quickly as possible. If you have not heard from the department within 4–6 weeks, please do not hesitate to contact the department to find out the status of your request.

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.