Marion Public Library is currently undergoing many changes as we move forward on an interior design update project. This has affected access to our Ohio Room collection, which has seen many of its less-used materials moved into storage. Many of the more heavily used materials (microfilm, maps, Marion-specific materials) are still available for use. Access to these may be limited due to other programs and events at the library, so we encourage you to call ahead (740-387-0992) if you are planning to use these. Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated.
Ancestry Online  -One of the largest collections of genealogical databases online. IN LIBRARY USE ONLY.
Castle Garden  -Free access to an extraordinary database of information on 10 million immigrants from 1830 through 1892.
Cyndi's List  -A comprehensive, categorized list of links to genealogical research websites.
Death Indexes  -A directory of links to websites with online death indexes, listed by state and county.
FamilySearch  -Millions of records and free how-to resources from the Latter Day Saints.
NARA  –National Archives and Records Administration's Genealogy Page
Ohio Death Certificate Index  -Index to Ohio death certificates, 1913-1944.
Sharon Moore’s Marion County Pages  -Marion County genealogy resources.
USGenWeb Project  -Links to genealogical websites for every state, including Ohio, and most U.S. counties.
Our genealogy collection is housed in the Ohio Room, located on the Library’s main floor. All materials in the Ohio Room are for reference only and do not circulate, but photocopiers and microfilm reader/printers are available for your use. The Ohio Room is open to the public during regular library hours.
The Ohio Room is the local repository for much of the county’s historical material. The collection includes Marion County histories, city directories, biographical sketches of early residents, family histories compiled by local historians, cemetery inscriptions, plat maps, vital records, censuses, local newspapers, high school yearbooks, and books on our most famous political personalities – Warren G. Harding and Norman Thomas.
However, the Ohio Room is not purely local in scope. The collection houses histories and genealogy publications for most of Ohio’s counties, various U.S. and Ohio census indexes, and information from other states along the migration routes of early Marion County settlers. Online databases and the Internet provide access to information worldwide.
The Library subscribes to Ancestry Library Edition (available only in-library), and HeritageQuest Online. These Internet services may be accessed from any public Internet workstation in the main and branch libraries, or through our wireless network. HeritageQuest Online may be accessed from home. You can find links for these resources on our main Genealogy  page.
Birth and death records 1867-1908
Marriage records 1824-1964
Tax Lists, 1824-27, 1834-38
Will Record 1825-1924
Marion County Naturalization Records, 1859-82
Common Pleas Court Record, 1824-55
Common Pleas Court Journal, 1829-56
Ministers Licensed to Solemnize Marriages in Marion County, Ohio 1861-1976
Polk City Directories from 1890 to present
Robinson Marion County Directories from 1956 to 1996
The Marion Public Library maintains an obituary file from late 1984 to 2009, of obituaries published in The Marion Star (The Marion Star is not indexed). Only obituaries for persons with a Marion County connection are contained in this file.
Obituary File