The Library at the Portage County Historical Society contains a wealth of information on Portage County. The Library is non-lending and much of the material is one of a kind. It is important to handle material with extreme care. We are always looking for donations of family histories and Portage County related material. Please call (330-296-3523), write or email- firstname.lastname@example.org you have something that would be of interest to a fellow researcher. The library depends on donations of material to continue to offer the researcher information on history and genealogy. Thank you for supporting us.
The Archival Library is available to Society Members Only. Special collections, photos, maps and ledgers are available to the serious researcher. Appointments are necessary to view any of this material.
Portage County Historical Society, 6549 N. Chestnut St. Ravenna OH 44266
HOURS FOR THE MUSEUM & LIBRARY
Please read our Library Use Policy before your trip.
If a request for research of family or
Portage history is sent please note that it may take up to 6 weeks or
longer for a reply. Our staff is all volunteers and our hours are very
limited. If the request is mailed you must include a self addressed stamped
envelope for a reply. If request is sent by e-mail,
email@example.com, a volunteer will do limited research and you
will be notified of any costs.
Family Histories and Genealogies - Includes Books & Papers
from over 950 families. Surnames files may contain papers, photos, personal
papers, hand written notes, newspaper clippings and more.
County History Material - Books, papers, personal notes, court material. To see a listing of books featuring Portage County that we have available for purchase click here
Scrapbook Index (The
index listed on this web site is of surnames only.)
Township Histories - Books on shelf & each of the 20 townships
has a file drawer with material. Files may contain 1930 cemetery readings,
hand written historical papers, photos of people, information on businesses,
parks, and other general items.
If you are researching a home or property be advised that we do not have land deeds at our facility. We do not have a historical program in place for historical or century homes. We do not have financial aid available for restorations. The Ohio Historical Society has a program under historic preservation.
Marriage licenses from 1808-1852 - Not every year & not all licenses within year. The County Probate office will have the complete records.
Probate Court Records-- Wills & Estates 1817-1900+
Early Tax Records of Portage County--We no longer have
these records. They are now at the County Archives.
Cemetery Books - For all townships within the county, Volumes
I - XIII
Obituaries From Newspapers 1994-2004 - The library also has scrapbooks
containing miscellaneous obituaries with no set dates or time periods.
The Portage County Archives/microfilm is
located at 7988 Infirmary Rd., Shalersville Township
Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland,Ohio