Explore the History of You

Build your family tree and learn more about your ancestors with these resources.

Research Tips

  • Write down everything you know from present to past.
  • Write out the month when recording a date to avoid confusion later, and always use four digits when recording a year.
  • Evaluate the sources of the information by comparing and verifying the information with two other sources.
  • Avoid being a “name only” collector. Make a point of citing the sources so you remember where you have been.
  • Take time to think about what you want to find before searching. Write down questions that you are trying to answer. Search in manageable steps.
  • Use forms to keep information organized. Forms can be downloaded from Forms that are useful include the Individual Worksheet, Six Generation Chart, Research Checklist and Family Unit Chart.
  • Use Cyndi’s List, opens a new window, a categorized and cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.

Genealogy Checklist

Discover all the different types of records you can search when researching your family tree. Also includes a sample record keeping chart.


Discover the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for genealogical research, 1704 - today.

Dig into 4,000+ historical newspapers from the 1690 to today. Includes national, regional, state & local newspapers from around the world.

Westerville History Museum

Your access to the past through historical collections and learning experiences.

The Secret Life of Artifacts

Discover the story of things! We're bringing historic Westerville artifacts to life in this video series.

Historic Photographs of Westerville

From the late 1800s to today, discover historic photographs of people, buildings, and events in Westerville, Ohio.

Search for your ancestors in millions of historical records.

Fold3 Historical Military Records

Discover stories about those who served

Build your family tree with the most sophisticated genealogy tool available. Billions of records in census data, directories, photos & more.

HeritageQuest Online

Dig into an American genealogical treasury. Trace your unique family history with primary sources, local and family histories.

African American Heritage

Discover your unique personal history.

Obituaries, Weddings, and Historic Maps of Westerville

From 1880 to present, discover who got married, who died, and where they lived with this historic collection of newspaper articles and maps.

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