Due to COVID-19, the local history room at Defiance Public Library is available by appointment only. To make an appointment to use the room during the library’s open hours, call 419-782-1456 or email adultservices@defiancelibrary.org.

Genealogy

Looking for genealogy information for Defiance County, Ohio? Ask us!

Newspaper Archive

One of the world's best resources for historical and genealogical information. Access more than 400 years of family history, small-town events, world news and more.

Chronicling America

Chronicling America provides free online access to more than 17 million digitized historic newspaper pages covering 1789-1963.

Ancestry: Library Edition

U. S. Census records; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; petitions for naturalization; passenger lists and more. IN LIBRARY ONLY.

Heritage Quest

Comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.

Defiance County Veterans Directory

A collection of Defiance County veterans who served in local militias, state national guards units, federal branches of service, active duty or reserve.

Ohio Obituary Index

An index to over 3,500,000 obituaries, death & marriage notices & other sources from Ohio from the 1810s to the present day. Actual obits may be ordered from over 60 partner libraries.

African American Heritage

This collection was created to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans.

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Access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.
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