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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.


Frequently Used Databases

Local Newspapers


Society Databases

Wayne County, Ohio Digital Collections

Did you know prior to the formation of the Wooster Cemetery Association on 12 July 1852, the deceased were buried in local churchyards or the public grave yard in Wooster, Ohio? Known Graveyards (burial ground affiliated with a church) and cemeteries that were once located in Wooster and are now gone include: Beaver Hat's Cemetery, Early Presbyterian Cemetery, the German Lutheran Cemetery, the Mellinger Cemetery, Old Saint Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Old Wooster City Cemetery, Warner/Jones Cemetery and the Wooster Old Associates (A Location Guide for the Cemeteries of Wayne County, Ohio pp. 26 & 27). The first white man who died in Wayne County, Ohio was Alexander Crawford, brother of Josiah Crawford. Josiah Crawford was the owner of one of the first mills. It was known as Bahl's mill. (Douglass' History of Wayne County, Ohio p. 297). The year was 1808. He was buried in the "Public Graveyard" which was given to the town of Wooster by Joseph H. Larwill.
Did you know...
The Genealogy and Local History Department of the Wayne County Public Library has sent out the next batch of early newspapers to be digitized. Digitizing our newspapers has been made possible through generous donations given to our department. The Rittman Press from 1912-1982 and the Dalton Gazette from 1875-1923 are the two newspapers currently selected for digitizing. The reels of microfilm for these two newspapers will not be available in the department for a couple months, effective 21 December 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


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

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.
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.
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; PO Box 1349; Wooster, OH 44691
  2. Email gen-dsk@wcpl.info.
  3. 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.

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

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.