Association of Professional Genealogist
Board for Certification of Genealogists

Cheryl with her 4th Great-grandfather's tombstone. Fredericksburg West Cemetery (Wayne County, Ohio; west town limit on Harrison Road in Section 24, Township 14, Range 13), Edward Martin marker; photograph by Larry Knox, 2006.


Ohio became a territory in 1799 and a state in 1803. Deeds, marriage and probate records were among the first records kept. In 1856 Ohio required counties to keep a record of births and deaths; however, not many counties complied and there are few records from this period. Wayne County is one of those counties where the records have survived. In 1867, the state again mandated that birth and death records again be kept at the county level. The counties complied better at this time; however, there are still births and deaths that were not recorded or records may be lost due to floods or fires. From 1908 on birth and death records are kept at the state level as well as county level through the Department of Health.
In-Depth Research
In-depth research includes taking what information you have on your ancestor and looking for information that will fill the gaps and add more information to the family.
Specific Record Look-Up
I can look-up a specific records in local repositories. This can include copying, transcribing or abstracting records found in these repositories. The repositories can include libraries, courthouses, health departments or wherever the records are found.
Lineage Society Paperwork
I can fill out the forms, suggest and / or do additional research, prepare the documents, fix citations.
I can consult and brainstorm with you to give you additional places to search for records

Courthouses, Libraries and Repositories

  • Ashland
  • Coshocton
  • Holmes
  • Knox
  • Medina
  • Stark
  • Richland
  • Summit
  • Tuscarawas
  • Wayne


  • Ohio Genealogical Society Library, Bellville, Ohio
  • Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio
  • University of Akron Archives, Akron, Ohio, official repository for North Central Ohio