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Central Ohio Roots

This is a group for anyone with central Ohio roots. Please share your favorite links and Ohio research tips. Post your brickwalls and see if we can't help you with them.

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Favorite Ohio research links

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Wolford Families

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Comment by Cori McGinty on April 30, 2012 at 5:15pm

Hi, all! I have a huge brick wall regarding family from Dayton, Ohio. I am researching Alexander Bergfeld (which was changed to Berkfield) and his wife Samanthe Reese. I found documentation that they were married in Dayton, Ohio in 1890, found the birth of their 2nd son in 1893, and then by 1900 that son was an orphan living with an aunt. Samantha died sometime between 12-23-1893 and  1900. Alexander may have died at the same time, or possibly a few months earlier (since the last name is misspelled/altered on the son's birth record for the first time in documentation). There is a death index at the Dayton Library, but it is by date, not name for that time period. I have done all I can do from California. Can anyone help solve this family mystery?

Comment by Pat Taylor Jennings on September 27, 2011 at 11:21am
My Taylor family came from Nova Scotia, Canada, to Madison Twp., Ohio in about 1798, with other Taylor families from Nova Scotia coming in 1806 and 1835.  Would love to hear from anyone with these roots.  I have extensive information to share but am also missing some families and would love to fill in the blanks.  This family was also in Fairfield and Columbus, Ohio, southern Indiana, Fulton County, Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas, as well as some of them going to Oregon and Washington.
Comment by Mark Taylor Edwards on December 16, 2010 at 9:28am

My mother's line comes from Central Ohio.  Family names are; Taylor, Florence, Emerson, Edwards to name a few.  I have extensive information on a few lines.  For the Taylors, I have a book created by Clara Genther with hundreds of Taylors and related families.

Comment by Beverly Robertson on August 18, 2010 at 6:18pm
John, I have done a lot of research in Union County. In fact, my great aunt Olidel married Glenn Hall Blue (1909-1973). Is he one of yours?
Comment by John Gray on August 17, 2010 at 10:20am
I have central OH roots going back to 1790's with Balser Hess arriving with his family in Clinton Twp., Franklin Co., OH. All of my direct lines were here by 1830, with the last of my direct lines arriving in the 1850's. I have compiled genealogies on all my Franklin Co., OH lines - Hess, Beers, Kellar, Slyh/Schleich, Culbertson, Walcutt, Kinnear, Sager/Seeger, Volk, Ramlow, Zinn, Holly/Hawley, Hensel/Haentzel, etal.

In addition my paternal lines are in Union Co., OH, also central OH - Bergandine, Gray, Westlake, Reed, Blue, Hamilton, Thompson, etall..
Comment by Beverly Robertson on August 17, 2010 at 5:25am
My family has been in central Ohio since 1811 (Patch) 1808 (Bell) 1828 (Brown) 1834 (Robertson and Dixon) 1818 (Fay) 1819 (Atha). I have family in Union, Campaign, Logan, Madison, Delaware counties. Finding the early records are really hard.
Comment by Carole M Kirch Kilbreath Bannes on July 28, 2010 at 7:54am
Family Search's new web site ( has extracted information from court and church records (not user-submitted) that is excellent! They have incomplete Ohio Births & Christenings (1821-1962), Ohio Deaths & Burials (1854-1997), Ohio Marriages (1800-1958), Ohio Tax Records (1816-1838) and the COMPLETE Ohio Deaths (1908-1953). The death records are extracted, but if you sign up to help transcribe materials for them (info on the site) you can get access to the scanned death certificates.

Hint on using this site: Once you get there, click on "Search or Browse our record collections" (don't put your search info in on the first page), then click on the US on the map, then scroll down about 5 pages to the OHIO records and choose the one you want to search (births, marriages, deaths, taxes). Always search using the "Exact & close match" criteria first. If you get no results, go to "Exact, close & partial"; if you get too many results, put in more info.

Another fine source is the MOLO Obituary Index (, which will tell you the name of the deceased, spouse, sometimes parents, date and newspaper publishing obituary in central Ohio. Contributing newspapers are from Holmes County, Massillon, Coshocton, and Loudonville. Links to the library emails if you wish to purchase a copy of the obituary,
Comment by Gwynn Socolich on July 27, 2010 at 11:58pm
Searching for parents of Edward Ward, Columbus Grove, Putnam County Ohio.
(death date 5 Sept.1878). See my blog at: for more details
Comment by Carole M Kirch Kilbreath Bannes on June 30, 2010 at 10:57am
I'm an obsessive genealogy researcher who is working on a DOCUMENTED genealogy of Knox Co, OH (yeah.... the whole county) families 1808-1930. The research so far is on RootsWeb (Google "Knox County OH Families 1808" to get there). Research done daily; data updated monthly.
Comment by Gayle Nyberg on June 3, 2010 at 4:44pm
I am looking for BDM information on my Brown's. I have actually found a lot, but can not document this information with actual records of births, deaths, & marriage. I have found almost every one on the census records in Richland & Shelby Counties in Ohio and in either Michigan or Indiana.
Will the new Ohio Genealogy Center that is opening up on the 15th of June have any of these records?
I am looking the descendents of Benjamin F & Sarah Brown.
Chauncy, Edward, Cornwall & Herbert and their familys.

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