Genealogy and Local History

Gallipolis Daily Tribune on microfilm unavailable at this time

Due to an exciting new digital project, all microfilm copies of the Gallipolis Daily Tribune will be unavailable for research for at least 1 month.

We hope to have the microfilm back and ready to use by the first of the year.

Before visiting the Library for research, please contact the Reference staff via e-mail  ( or phone (1.740.446.7323 x 241 or 242) to determine the status of the microfilm.



Requests by email, letter, or telephone must be specific. Staff does only limited research.

There is a $3.00 charge per request.

Contact: Reference/Genealogy Department by email at or by telephone: (740) 446-7323, ext. 241 & 242


Electronic Resources

  • Ancestry Library Edition: delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. (In-library use only)
  • Archives Unbound / County & Regional Historical Atlases: Originally compiled and produced by publishers and subscriptions agents for area residents and patrons, the original histories are difficult-to-find materials. Included in this collection on Ohio are 21 cities and regions covered in 305 titles. These titles comprise tables and lists of vital statistics, military service records, municipal and county officers, chronologies, portraits of individuals and views of urban and rural life not found anywhere else. The atlases provide additional information on land use and settlement patterns and scarce early town and city plans.
  • Fold3: Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records from the Revolutionary War to Operation New Dawn. Fold3 also includes some non-military records. 
  • Heritage Quest: a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources--rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids.
  • Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Obituary Index: an index of obituaries in Ohio newspapers (participating counties only)
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: Over 40,000 detailed maps of Ohio cities drawn between 1882 and 1962. Includes building outlines, property boundaries, and building use.

Other genealogical resources may be found under "Find Information / Recommended Websites."



Local newspapers: Gallipolis Journal, Gallipolis Bulletin, Gallipolis Tribune, Vinton Gallia Republican, Vinton Leader, Middleport Republican (1893-1903), Meigs County Herald (1894-1989)

Federal Census: Southeastern Ohio and some West Virginia Counties



  • 2 viewer/scanners (capable of saving images and PDF files to SD card, combo SD/USB card, or USB removable drive)
  • 1 microfilm reader/printer
  • Reading Machine/Electronic Magnifier
  • Internet access / PCs
  • Wireless internet access


Bound Books

We offer a large selection of print genealogical resources, including:

  • cemetery books
  • Census indices
  • biographies
  • early Ohio history
  • family histories
  • Gallia County school yearbooks
  • military rosters
  • Ohio Native American
  • Ohio River history
  • passenger & immigration indices
  • Southeastern Ohio counties (Athens, Fairfield, Gallia, Guernsey, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pike, Muskingum, Ross, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington)
  • Some West Virginia counties (Cabell, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Mason, and Putnam)
  • Underground Railroad


Periodicals & Newsletters

  • American Spirit (DAR)
  • Gallia County Glade
  • Gallia Crossroads & Cornerstones
  • Everton's Genealogical Helper
  • Ohio Genealogy News
  • O.G.S. Genealogy News Quarterly
  • O.H.S. Echoes