Genealogy Research Made Easy

Genealogy assistance in-person, by phone or by mail

Working on your genealogy? Then you’ll want to visit the Batavia Branch which houses the Clermont County Genealogical Society Collection. Library staff will answer specific questions, as time allows. While we’re unable to do in-depth research, we’re happy to do look-ups. For example:

  • Obituaries from our local newspapers
  • Death dates
  • Monument inscriptions prior to 1900
  • Marriage dates from 1800-1874
  • Will, estate, and guardianship records from 1800-1900

More time-intensive requests that qualify as research will be referred to a fee-based genealogical researcher, upon your request. To submit a specific genealogy question, fill out this form. Please note the following before filling out the form:

  • Any project consisting of more than 10 copies will be charged a per-copy fee of 10 cents per page.
  • Our newspapers are not indexed, so we request at least the month and year of death to search for an obituary.
  • If your ancestor’s surname is common, like Smith or Jones, we must have very specific information so we do not confuse your ancestor with others of the same name.

Explore genealogy further with our databases

Check out these databases with your Clermont County Public Library card.  If you don’t have one already, you can apply online for an eCard.

Ancestry Library Edition: Provides researchers with instant access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research. With more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases, Ancestry Library Edition includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more! These collections are continuously expanding, with new content added every business day.
African American Heritage: This collection was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists and recognized leaders in genealogical information to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans.
Fold3: With content from the Revolutionary War onward, Fold3 Library Edition is an invaluable research resource for historians, genealogists, researchers, military enthusiasts, veterans and their families, teachers, and battle reenactors.
HeritageQuest: Used to conduct genealogical and historical research. U. S. Census records; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; petitions for naturalization; passenger lists and more.
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Cincinnati Enquirer (1841-2009): The Cincinnati Enquirer (1841 – 1922) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: Large scale street plans including building outlines, property boundaries, and building use produced by the Sanborn Fire Insurance Company from 1867-1970. Locate buildings and neighborhoods. See a neighborhood as it was. Study the growth of towns and cities. Identify the impact of new developments.


Clermont County Public Library has a wealth of tools to help with your genealogical research. Visit or contact the Batavia Branch for local records and check out our databases for national records.

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