Our Genealogy Room on the second floor of the Main Library is rich in local history and resources. Our collections include:

Local Genealogy

  • Ross County Marriages (1798-1950)
  • Ross County Divorces (1805-1967)
  • Ross County Census (1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1920)
  • Ross County Cemeteries
  • Ross County Births (1867-1908)
  • Ross County Death Index (through 2005)
  • Ross County Wills (1797-1845)
  • Ross County Families & Family Bible records
  • Chillicothe City Directories (Begins 1860 through 2016 – not all years available)
  • Ross County History Items

Special Interest Information

  • Family Histories – Shelved by FAMILY NAME at GEN 929.2
  • Military Records (World War I, Pension Rolls, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, American Civil War)
  • Ross County High School Yearbooks (not all schools or years available)
  • Biographies, Genealogy Fiction, Oversize Genealogy, Oversize Reference

Microfilm Collection

  • Freeman’s Journal and Chillicothe Advertiser (July 11-Sept 26, 1800)
  • Scioto Gazette (beginning in 1800)
  • Chillicothe Gazette
  • Chillicothe Advertiser
  • Chillicothe Leader
  • Independent Republican (Dec 1809-Sept 1811)
  • Freedonian (Sept 1811-Apr 1814)
  • Clarksburg Star (Apr 1926-Apr 1965)

For questions and obituary requests, contact us at research@crcpl.org or 740-702-4160. You may copy the obituaries you need onsite for 10¢ per page, or you may contact us to do it for you for $2.50 per obituary.


We provide free access to several genealogy databases to aid in your research. Please note that some of these databases can only be accessed while at one of our libraries.

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