Genealogical Research in Ohio, 3rd Edition by Kip Sperry: Book Review

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purposes of review and I have received other books from Genealogical Publishing Company, also for review. However, my opinions are my own and not influenced by outside sources.

A simple cover is the introduction to a 350-page book for everyone with family roots in Ohio – Genealogical Research in Ohio, 3rd Edition by Kip Sperry.

Table of Contents

Ohio Capsule
Early Settlement
Historical Guides
Libraries and Archives
Ohio Network of American History Research Centers
FamilySearch Centers
FamilySearch Affiliates
Ohio Genealogical Society
Ohio Genealogical Society Chapters
Ohio Genelaogical Society Lineage Societies
Ohio Genealogical Society Selected Holdings
Ohio History connection
State Library of Ohio
Columbus metropolitan Library
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Western Reserve Historical Society
Other Major Genealogical Collections
Major Sources
Birth and Death Records
Cemetery Records
Census Records and Census Substitutes
Church Records
Court Records
Divorce Records
Ethnic Records
Family and Home Sources
Institutional Records and Lodges
Internet Addresses
Land and Property Records
Local Histories and Biographies
Maps, Atlases, and Gazetteers
Military Records
Naturalization Records
Probate Records
School Records
Tax Records
Township Records
Vital Records
Substitutes for Civil Vital Records Information in Ohio
Ohio Counties
Ohio County Records
Addresses – Ohio
Addresses – Outside Ohio
Bibliographies, Guides and Finding Aids
Biographies and Genealogies
Churches and Religious Organizations
Ethnic Sources
Guidebooks and Methodology
Indexes and Genealogical Sources
Maps, Atlases, Gazetteers, and Geographical Finding Aids
Migration, Emigration, and Immigration
Military Records and Military History
Periodicals and Newsletters
Ohio Maps
Index to Ohio Maps
Ohio Maps
General Index

A glance at the above Table of Contents confirms the comprehensive resources compiled by Mr. Sperry. Although I have no Ohio connections, my husband has both direct and collateral lines that settled in Ohio.

With those families in mind, my personal favorites in this book are the chapters on Military History, Newspapers and (Ohio) Addresses, plus the Bibliography sections on Bibliographies, Guides and Finding Aids, Biographies and Genealogies, Churches and Religious Organizations, Ethnic Sources, History and Periodicals and Newsletters.

My only criticism is that the maps on pages 328, 340 and 341 are mostly unreadable. However, that is minor, especially considering the availability of historical maps now digitally available online.

I highly recommend this book for anyone and everyone with Ohio ancestral connections. It is so up-to-date that the library is Salt Lake City is correctly called the FamilySearch Library, rather than the Family History Library. There are so many repositories and resources to be found in this book that I would be surprised if someone could honestly say that he/she found nothing new to search!

Genealogical Research in Ohio, 3rd Edition by Kip Sperry is available on for $45.00. It is well worth the price as this book will be a reference book that is consulted time and again.

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