Genealogical Society Mission

Preserving, promoting and protecting our heritage and history.

 

Library resources

The Clinton County History Center has an extensive collection of resources pertaining to Geneaology, the history of Clinton County, and the Society of Friends, the Quakers.

The Historical and Genealogical Societies maintain a comprehensive collection of early histories for use in genealogical research. There are many genealogy books about Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois and some other states. The library also contains over 200 published local family histories.

The library includes an extensive microfilm collection of Clinton County probate and county recorder records. These include births, deaths, marriages, will records, journals, testamentary records, deeds, mortgages, final records, guardian bonds, etc. Census records from 1820 to 1930 are available. There are some microfilms of other counties and states. The LDS IGI Microfiche records are also available.

On loan from Wilmington College is the Quaker collection covering Quaker family histories and early Quaker meetings in Virginia, Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York and Indiana.

Particularly treasured is the surname collection in five legal-size, four-drawer filing cabinets. In these drawers are surname envelopes containing newspaper clippings dating to the late 1800s and contributed research papers.

A surname file listing names and addresses is also maintained. Another file lists names appearing on over 200 pedigree charts.

 

Antique photo of Mary Hains Peterson, Sarepta Hains Short, Hattie Hains Carpenter and Mattie Hains Jefferson

Mary Hains Peterson, Sarepta Hains Short, Hattie Hains Carpenter and Mattie Hains Jefferson

Genealogical History Center Library Hours

The Genealogy/Research Library is housed at the Clinton County History Center, 149 E. Locust Street (PO Box 529), Wilmington, OH 45177. $5 Admission Charge for Non-Members.

The library is open Wednesday through Friday from 1:00 until 4:00, and by appointment. For an appointment, call (937) 382-4684 during library open hours.

The Center and Library is fully Handicapped Accessible. 

 

 

Genealogical Society Trustees

Gene Snyder, President

Jim Burge, Vice President

Judy Spurlock, Recording Secretary

Kim Stackhouse, Assistant Recording Secretary

 

Ron Johnson, Treasurer

Jim Hackney, Assistant Treasurer

Barb Daulton, Correpsonding Secretary

 

Membership

The Clinton County History Center is the home of two organizations: The Clinton County Historical Society and the Clinton County Genealogical Society, a chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. We encourage everyone with an interest in Clinton County history to become a member of either or both societies.

Clinton County Genealogical Society

The Clinton County Genealogical Society is a membership society and a chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. The active volunteer members of the society staff the History Center Research Library during normal hours, providing genealogical research assistance to members and the public. The society publishes genealogical resources and produces a variety of programs.

Membership Benefits Include:

  • Subscription to the Clinton Chronicle, quarterly genealogy newsletter
  • Reduced or free admission to Programs & Events
  • Tours of the Rombach Place Museum and special exhibits at no charge
  • Unlimited access to the Research Library during regular hours
  • Assistance with genealogical or historical research
  • Monthly meetings with programs related to genealogy
  • Volunteer opportunities in the library and at events
  • Advance notice of Programs & Events

The Clinton Chronicle

A quarterly newsletter published January, April, July, and October; The Clinton Chronicle lists upcoming meetings, reports of past meetings, upcoming regional events of genealogical interest, new books received for the genealogy library,  surname queries, and articles of local genealogical interest. An index of all Chronicles is available for researching past issues. Members may submit queries free of charge.

Clinton County Genealogical Society Meetings

Regular CCGS meetings are 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at the Clinton County History Center, 149 E. Locust St., Wilmington, Ohio (unless otherwise noted). Each session includes a topic of interest to society members.

Policies

Archives

The Historical and Genealogical Societies maintain a comprehensive collection of early histories for use in genealogical research. There are many genealogy books about Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois and some other states. The library also contains over 200 published local family histories. The library includes an extensive microfilm collection of Clinton County probate and county recorder records. These include births, deaths, marriages, will records, journals, testamentary records, deeds, mortgages, final records, guardian bonds, etc. Census records from 1820 to 1930 are available. There are some microfilms of other counties and states. The LDS IGI Microfiche records are also available. On loan from Wilmington College is the Quaker collection covering Quaker family histories and early Quaker meetings in Virginia, Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York and Indiana. Particularly treasured is the surname collection in five legal-size, four-drawer filing cabinets. In these drawers are surname envelopes containing newspaper clippings dating to the late 1800s and contributed research papers. A surname file listing names and addresses is also maintained. Another file lists names appearing on over 200 pedigree charts.

Genealogy Research Checklist

Genealogy Resources

Research Costs

Research Requests

Let us know if we can help you or if you have something for the museum, the research library, perhaps you want to volunteer your time or have questions. We would love to hear from you.

Local History Research

For research requests regarding Clinton County history not related to genealogy, please contact the History Center at (937) 382-4684 or e-mail Kay Fisher, Director.

Genealogical Research

Requests for genealogical research should be sent in writing to:

The Clinton County Genealogical Society PO Box 529 Wilmington, OH 45177

Research inquiries are directed to one of our volunteers. We attempt to answer short, clear and direct questions. Requests for information should include:

  • Short paragraph stating request for specific information.
  • Copy of your Pedigree Chart or Family Group Sheet (if possible) so we know what information you have already compiled.
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope.
  • $.25 per page copy, if more than 10 pages are requested/sent.
  • A $15 donation toward our preservation efforts would be appreciated.

If you wish more extensive research, you may want to contact a paid researcher.

Clinton County Genealogical Society

Lineage Societies

Any member of CCGS who is a direct descendant of an individual who settled in the area now encompassed by the County of Clinton by the end of 1820 may become a member of the First Families of Clinton County.

Any member of CCGS who is a direct descendant, or a collateral relative, of any person with Clinton County ties who served in the Civil War, for the Union or the Confederacy, is eligible to become a member of The Society of Civil War Families of Clinton County. The person must have lived or died in Clinton County or served in a Clinton County unit. Service is not limited to a Clinton County outfit. “Squirrel Hunters” and “Spies,” male or female, are also eligible.

A new Lineage Society has been added to the Clinton County Genealogical Society’s family of Lineage Societies. This society is open to all members of CCGS who are direct descendants of an individual who settled in the area now encompassed by the County of Clinton between 1 January 1821 and 31 December 1860 may become a member of Settlers and Builders of Clinton County.