The Anderson Allyn Room Collection at the Geauga County Public Library
The Anderson Allyn Room, located on the lower level of the Chardon Branch of the Geauga County Public Library, maintains an extensive collection of Geauga County genealogy and local history resources. It is open during library hours and staffed 24 hours per week by a genealogist. Reference staff members are available at other times.
The Allyn Room collection focuses on Geauga County people and history. Resources are on hard copy, microfilm and digital on the genealogy server. The Allyn Room volunteers extract old and current Geauga County obituaries and index them at rbhayes.org Ohio Obituary index.
A few of our resources for Geauga County include family group sheets, cemetery inscriptions, tax maps, vital records for certain years (birth, marriage and death records), township, county and regional histories, microfilmed Geauga County historical newspapers, probate/estate records, tax records, oral history transcripts, family histories, Chardon yearbooks, newspaper articles and other materials on Geauga County topics (i.e., Maple Festival and maple products, Underground Railroad, Interurban and old railroads, etc).
A more complete list can be found at the GCPL website at http://divi.geaugalibrary.net/genealogy/.
The genealogist is a specialist on Geauga County records and research, but is available by appointment to help anyone get started in family history research. Consult the GCPL website for genealogy classes taught at the various GCPL Branches.
Anderson Allyn Room
(Genealogy and Local History)
The genealogy department at Geauga County Public Library provides a wide array of resources and information to help people find records that help them piece together their genealogical profiles. View the resources in the listings below.
To reach the Reference Desk
GCPL Chardon Branch
Ohio RB Hayes Obituary Index
Birth and death records: (1867-1908) book index, records on microfilm. No official birth or death records exist before 1867.
For Geauga County births or deaths after Dec. 20, 1908, contact the Geauga County Board of Health, Vital Statistics:
Geauga County Health District
Attn: Vital Statistics
470 Center St. Bldg. #8
Chardon, Ohio 44024
People born in any county in Ohio can obtain a certified copy of their own birth records at the Geauga County Health Department.