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Genealogy Center & Library

Welcome to the Jim and Shirley Hayes Family Genealogy Center & Charles and Rita Levering Library!

The Genealogy Center and Library are happy to help you with your genealogical and historical research. If you are doing research that includes Athens and neighboring counties, we hope you find our resources informative and helpful.

HOURS

We welcome in-person visits during our hours of operation.  Call us to check our hours before you make your trip.

Contact

Genealogy Research

Our facility is staffed by volunteers with expertise in genealogical and historic research relating to Athens County and the surrounding area. We welcome in-person visits during our hours of operation.

Email inquiries may be sent at any time to library@southeastohiohistory.org. Please use the subject line: RESEARCH. The staff will respond during our hours of operation. You may also call us at 740-592-2280 if you are unable to visit in person.

Inquiries requiring extensive research time may require a fee. Please see the Research Assistance section.

Resources are not available to the public outside of library hours.

Items In Our Collection

The Levering Library houses the following resources:

  • More than 5,000 books, documents, pamphlets, etc. Please use our online catalog search to browse our collection.
  • Athens County Probate Court Estate Packets 1805 to 1914
  • Birth Records—abstracts and indexes of the Athens County Probate Birth Records
  • Marriage Records—indexes of microfilmed marriage records 1805 to 1947
  • Death Records—abstracts and indexes of the Athens County Probate Death Records
  • Obituaries 1900 to 2016 and select obituaries 1825 to 1900
  • Athens County Wills 1814 to 1915, microfilm
  • First Families of Athens County application documents
  • Local family genealogies
  • Surname files
  • Newspaper clipping files on local history topics
  • Local newspapers—microfilm

Local History Research

Our facility is staffed by volunteers with expertise in genealogical and historic research relating to Athens County and the surrounding area. We welcome in-person visits during our hours of operation.

Email inquiries may be sent at any time to library@southeastohiohistory.org. Please use the subject line: RESEARCH. The staff will respond during our hours of operation. You may also call us at 740-592-2280 if you are unable to visit in person.

Inquiries requiring extensive research time may require a fee. Please see the Research Assistance section.

Items In Our Collection

  • More than 5,000 books, documents, pamphlets, etc. Please use our online catalog search to browse our collection.
  • Published histories of Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Lawrence, Meigs, Jackson, Perry, Washington and Vinton Counties
  • Original volumes of Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion 1861-1866, published in 1893
  • Church histories
  • Newspapers on microfilm including
    • Athens Journal (1875 – 1909)
    • Athens Herald (1882 – 1893)
    • Athens County Gazette (1897-1909)
    • Athens News (1979 – 1990)
    • Nelsonville Tribune (1935 – 1971)
    • Glouster Press (1890 – 1971)
    • Vinton County Courier (1971 – 1990)
    • Morgan County Herald (1966 – 1990)
    • McArthur Republican Tribune (1931 – 1971)
  • Newspaper clipping files on local history topics
  • Historic inventory of homes and buildings in Athens city and county
  • County high school and Ohio University yearbooks 
  • Athens City directories and telephone books

Resources are not available to the public outside of library hours.

Research Assistance

how we can help

We have a wonderful team of volunteers who are experienced with the collections of the Hayes Genealogy Center and Levering Library. If you choose to visit in person, they can point out resources in the Library, identify online resources and how to use them, help with the use of the online catalog, and suggest other ways to accomplish your goals. Our services are available in-person during our hours of operation, and many by email or phone.

You may decide you would like to have a volunteer conduct your search for you, in which case you will need to submit a research request (directions below).  An hourly fee is charged for services, and all proceeds go toward the preservation and sharing of our collections.  If the Library volunteers conduct record searches the fee is $15/hour, non-refundable, and payable in advance (with a 1-hour minimum).  Photocopying and postage are additional costs. Copies are $0.25/page, and copies obtained from other sources will be additional.  

how to enter a research request in 3 steps

Step One: Contact Us to Discuss Your Project

Discuss your project goals with a Library volunteer to establish an outline of expectations, the time that will be required to conduct the search, and to agree on the project product (including the estimated number of copies to be paid for upon delivery).   

Email:  library@southeastohiohistory.org

Phone:  740-592-2280

Step Two: Fill Out a Research Request Form

Complete and sign a research request form to indicate the hours agreed to, exactly what information you are looking for, the format of the project product, and the types of copies you desire (including a maximum without further consultation with you).  This form will include as much detail from you as possible to streamline the research process (eg., dates, relationships, townships, etc.) 

Step 3: Purchase Your Request

Pay for your research request through the SOHC Museum Shop as instructed by the Library volunteer. 

You will be contacted when the project is finished.

A copy of all research completed by our team of volunteers is kept by the Genealogy Center and Levering Library.

Levering Library Catalog

Our searchable resources include yearbooks, family genealogies, local histories, telephone and city directories, and books relevant to the history of southeast Ohio. 

You are also welcome to visit our collections during the Genealogy Center and Library’s hours of operation.

Resources are not available to the public outside of library hours.

Library Bookstore

Please browse the collection of books we have available for purchase from the genealogy & history library. These are also available in print at the Southeast Ohio History Center Museum store located inside the history center at 24 W. State Street, Athens, OH.

First Families of Athens County, OH

The primary objectives of First Families of Athens County, Ohio are to identify the early persons in the area that is Athens County and to honor their lasting contributions to the history of the area by recognizing their descendants. The compilation of documents copied by descendants for their applications provides an invaluable resource for genealogical and historical research in Athens County.

Requirements for Membership

Only members of the Southeast Ohio History Center may apply for membership in First Families of Athens County, Ohio.  Applicants must complete an application proving their ancestor’s presence within the boundaries of Athens County in or before 1830 and proving their descent from that ancestor. Admissible evidence must be supplied as proof. Applications must be accompanied by a processing fee. Multiple lines may require an additional application and fee-when several lines are attached to the same application, they are not only difficult to process, they are difficult for researchers to use. Fees are non-refundable.

Rules of Evidence

The nature and extent of evidence submitted for membership in First Families of Athens County must be sufficient to prove:

  • the presence by 1830 of the ancestor within the 1830 boundaries of Athens Co
  • that the applicant is directly descended from the early Athens Countian
  • differentiation between any two persons of the same name residing in the same area at the same time. DOCUMENTS USED AS PROOF MUST BY THEMSELVES OR IN CONJUNCTION WITH OTHER DOCUMENTS ACTUALLY STATE THE FACT TO BE PROVED. More than one document may be needed to prove one fact.

Admissible Evidence List

  • Evidence from vital statistics, court house or other government records, church and school records, etc… usually is considered to be beyond doubt and provides excellent proof. Census records, newspaper clippings, old letters, bible or other family records CONTEMPORARY TO THE FACTS REPORTED are also admissible.
    Old letters, biographies, obituaries, death records, etc… can be accepted as proof for only the facts the informant could have known firsthand. They cannot be accepted as proof for facts the informant could have obtained only by hearsay from older generations or from other sources. Identification of the informant and the date of the record are necessary to evaluate this type of evidence.
  • A tax list of 1831 is usually a record of taxes levied in 1830, and, therefore, can prove residence during 1830 if the individual is shown as a resident and not as an absentee owner. Inclusion in the 1830 census for Athens County is admissible. Census records cannot establish 1830 or before residency for a female ancestor unless she was the head of a household. A record of a sale of land made during or before 1830 mentioning the wife by name can establish her residency. The birth of her child in Athens County during or before 1830 is proof of her presence in the county.
  • Female ancestors must be proved by their maiden name. Marriage, church, and divorce records, obituaries, and bible records sometimes show maiden names. The maiden name can sometimes be established from an estate settlement mentioning a daughter as the wife of a particular man. African-Americans who had no surname and Native Americans can be accepted without surnames provided their identity is clearly established.
  • Proven ancestor’s children born by 1830 cannot be accepted as first persons in Athens County on this basis alone. Some documentary evidence must be included to prove they actually were in the county by 1830. The 1830 census cannot be accepted as evidence alone in this respect since names and relationships are not given for household members.
  • Tombstones usually prove only dates of birth and death but sometimes do prove relationships. Tombstones erected by later generations long after the burial are not proof.

Inadmissible Evidence List

  • Circumstantial evidence or implied facts are not considered proof.
  • Hearsay is not admissible.
  • Oral, written, or published family traditions are often wrong and are inadmissible.
  • Printed or manuscript genealogies are not acceptable as proof. Family group sheets and unsupported information from an amateur or professional genealogist are also unacceptable.
  • Lineage papers from other pedigree societies are not acceptable.
  • Material authored by the applicant or family members is not proof unless it is first-hand knowledge.
  • A bible record written long after an event by a person not in a position to have known the facts first-hand is not proof.
  • When a father/mother are above or below the normal age for having children, parentage is suspect and must be proved beyond all doubt.
    • The expressions “heirs” or “heirs-at-law” are used in some estate settlements. These expressions mean different things in different states at different times. Ohio’s laws on inheritance have changed many times through its history and what is true at one period is not true at another. It is possible that a document using the expression “heirs” might be supplemented with a copy of the state inheritance law showing that at the date the document was written “heir” meant in the blood-line and the nature of the kinship.
    • Census records which show the name of the head of the household only and which list others in the household by age groupings do not prove the residence of the wife or children of the head of the household. Next door or close neighbors are not proved as related by their closeness in the census.’
    • Census records which do name all the members of a household but which do not indicate relationships cannot be used to prove relationships but can be used to prove residence.
    • Descent is not proved by owning the same land as an earlier owner of the same name.
    • Land transactions (deeds, warrants, grants, etc.) only can be accepted as evidence of settlement in Athens County, Ohio by 1830 if the record actually states that the grantee or grantor was a resident of Athens County. There were many absentee land owners in early Ohio.

How to Prepare & Footnote Your Documentation for Submission

  • NEVER SUBMIT AN ORIGINAL DOCUMENT: SUBMIT ONLY PHOTOCOPIES. Original photographs of tombstones may be submitted.
  • Typed, hand-written or printed copies of original DOCUMENTS MUST BE CERTIFIED AS A “TRUE COPY” BY A LIBRARIAN, COURT HOUSE OFFICIAL OR SOME OTHER AUTHORITY. An applicant cannot certify his own copies as true.
  • Married female applicants must include a copy of their marriage license or a record to prove their married name.
  • Bible records must be submitted with their title page showing publication date.
  • Newspaper clippings must be identified by the name of the newspaper and date of the clipping.
  • All documents must indicate their source and date, e.g. a will should be identified by county court, volume and page numbers.
  • Copies of pages of all appropriate INDEXES TO THE FEDERAL CENSUSES for OHIO showing the ancestors surname MUST be submitted. In order to evaluate your application the committee must be able to know how many persons of the same name were in the area during the relevant period of time. Alternate spellings MUST be included.
  • If more than two ancestral lines are submitted, an ancestral chart showing the interconnections should be included.
  • Do not “correct” or otherwise change photocopies of original documents. The committee will not consider evidence that appears to have been altered.

Footnoting

In order to evaluate your application the committee needs to know how the claims about your ancestors are proven. You must submit with your application photocopies of the documents which prove EACH claim. (Certified transcriptions may be accepted.) The claims and documents must be cross-referenced so the committee can find in your envelope the particular document(s) which prove each claim. Footnote lines are provided on the inside back page of the application so you can make the necessary references.

  • FIRST, number all documents being submitted.
  • SECOND, on the corresponding footnote line write a description of the document (e.g. bible record of Morris Murphy)
  • THIRD, note in the box at the end of the line on which you have made a claim about your family members in the application the number of the document which proves the claim. If more than one document is needed to prove a claim, you may add boxes or you may staple the documents together and reference them under one footnote number.

Appreciated Additions (But Not Requirements)

  • The easiest to accomplish and most wanted item we would like in addition to your documentation is a 5-generation chart filled in as much and as accurately as you can.
  • Secondly, we would appreciate if you can manage it, a narrative summary of your data emphasizing your Athens County ancestor(s). This would include such information as where they came from, their settlement date, all children, etc…. Here is a chance for you to include data which you may not have documented in your application. Please be sure, however, to indicate what support you have for believing such undocumented data to be true. This narrative will help make your Athens County ancestors “live,” and it will help researchers put the documents into perspective. We might like to publish your narrative in our Bulletin if you indicate your permission to do so.

ALL APPLICATIONS BECOME THE PROPERTY OF ACHS&M

PLEASE MAKE YOURSELF A COPY BEFORE YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Thank you for submitting an application to First Families of Athens County.

Current List of First Families

First Family names used by applicants to establish their eligibility for membership and the year recorded in Athens County.

List last updated 9-15-2013

 

ABBOTT, CLARISSA CROOK1812
ALDERMAN, JANE1822
ALLEN, JONATHAN1820
ALLEN, WILMARTH1823
ANDERSON, DANIEL1819
ANDERSON, RACHEL1819
ARMITAGE, JOHN, SR1820
ARMITAGE, NANCY1817
ARNOLD, ABIGAIL1825
ARNOLD, NANCY1819
ARNOLD, RUTH FULFORD1812
AUSTIN, RUTH1811
BAKER, CLARISSA1828
BARKER, ISAAC [Capt]1798
BARKER, ISAAC [Judge]1798
BARKER, MARIA CRAWFORD1829
BARROWS, EBENEZER, JR1800
BARROWS, EBENEZER, SR1798
BARROWS, GEORGE1797
BARROWS, HENRY1797
BARROWS, JAMES PERRY1822
BARROWS, LUCY C1815
BARROWS, SALOMA1810
BARROWS, SUSAN1804
BARROWS, SUSANNAH1800
BARTLETT, MARY MALINDA1820
BATES, NICHOLAS1821
BEAN, NANCY ANN1827
BECKLER, PETER1826
BECKLER, PETER JEFFERSON1828
BEEBE, HARRIET1824
BEEBE, HOPSON1803
BEEBE, PETER1807
BEEBE, REXAVILLA1826
BENJAMIN, ELIZABETH1818
BENJAMIN, NATHAN1830
BENJAMIN, REBECCA1819
BENTLEY, RACHEL1829
BICKNELL, ZIMRODE1818
BIGGERSTAFF, HARRIET1820
BIGGERSTAFF, JOHN1802
BIGGERSTAFF, WILLIAM, II1821
BINGHAM, HANNAH1827
BINGHAM, SILAS, JR1800
BINGHAM, SILAS, SR1800
BLACK, SARAH1802
BLACKSTONE, EBENEZER1816
BLACKSTONE, SYLVESTER1816
BOBO, GABRIEL1808
BOBO, HENRY1800
BOBO, ISRAEL1803
BOBO, JEMIMA1819
BOBO, JOSEPH1802
BOLIN, JAMES1820
BOLIN, SAMUEL1820
BOWMAN, JOHN1820
BOYLES, CHARITY1819
BOYLES, JACOB1800
BOYLES, MARY1820
BRAWLEY, MARGARET1817
BRIDGE, BEZELEEL, JR1817
BROOKHART, ABRAHAM1811
BROOKS, ELIZABETH1815
BROOKS, GERTRUDE1813
BROOKS, JOHN1798
BROOKS, JOSEPH1818
BROOKS, MARGARET1826
BROOKS, MARY ANN (POLLY)1820
BROOKS, MATTHEW1802
BROOKS, MOSES1829
BROWN, BENJAMIN [Capt]1799
BROWN, CHARLES (d 1817)1817
BROWN, CHARLES (d 1879)1816
BROWN, EPHRAIM CUTLER1805
BROWN, FANNY CONNOR1830
BROWN, JOHN1802
BROWN, JOHN BALDWIN1803
BROWN, MARIA1801
BROWN, POLLY LEONARD1800
BROWN, REBECCA1804
BROWN, SAMUEL1801
BROWN, SENECA1824
BROWN, WILLIAM1800
BRYSON, ARCHIBALD1817
BRYSON, DAVID1817
BRYSON, MORRIS1826
BRYSON, SARAH (SALLY)1824
BURLEY, MARTHA1829
BURLEY, WILLIAM1815
BURNHAM, FRANKLIN1829
BURNHAM, JEREMIAH1820
BUTTS, AARON1813
CABLE, JAMES1818
CABLE, JAMES RANSOM1826
CABLE, MARTHA1811
CAMBY, HANNAH1825
CAMBY, NANCY1818
CAMBY, SAMUEL1820
CAMBY, SARAH L1826
CAMBY, THOMAS1825
CARPENTER, EMILY1819
CARPENTER, EUNICE1829
CARPENTER, FREDERICK PARKER1829
CARPENTER, HARVEY1818
CARPENTER, LAURA1828
CARPENTER, OLIVER1827
CARPENTER, PARKER1818
CARTER, HARLEY1818
CASS, JEREMIAH1816
CASS, RUTH I1830
CHASE, GARDNER F1817
CHASE, JOHN M1817
CLEVELAND, LEURA1824
COATES, JAMES1827
COE, EBENEZER1830
COE, JAMES1822
COE, JOHN1817
COE, JOSIAH1805
COE, JULIA1814
CONANT, JEREMIAH1829
CONE, ALBERT B1820
CONN, MARGARET1826
CONNOR, SOPHIA HULBERT1810
COOK, BLANFORD1820
COOK, EDMUND1820
COOK, PHEBE1803
COOLEY, RUFUS P1823
COTTRILL, MARY1830
COURTNEY, ALANSON1809
COURTNEY, NEIL1809
COURTNEY, RUFUS C1829
COWELL, JANE1819
CRANSTON, JAMES1811
CRANSTON, MARGARET1811
CRANSTON, MARTHA1811
CRANSTON, MARY (POLLY)1811
CRIPPEN, ARTEMUS S1810
CROSS, RUTH1820
CROSSEN, JANE1823
CULVER, CLARINDA1814
DAILEY, BENONA H, JR1829
DAILEY, BENONA H, SR1820
DAILEY, DAVID1803
DAILEY, MARY M1820
DAILEY, SAMANTHA1830
DALBEY, ELIJAH1818
DAVIS, NEHEMIAH1808
DEAN, JOHN NICHOLSON1815
DEAN, MARY EMILY1815
DEAN, NATHAN 1762-18301815
DEAN, NATHAN 1788-18371820
DEAN, NATHAN W1820
DEVOL, PRISCILLA1820
DEWEY, HANNAH1827
DEWITT, CATHERINE1823
DEWITT, JAMES1818
DOBSON, JAMES1819
DONALDSON, WILLIAM1817
DONALDSON, WILLIAM, JR1818
DONLEY, JOHN1830
DORR, MATTHEW [Capt]1798
DORR, MATTHEW 1807-18821807
DORR, WILLIAM1797
DOUGLAS, JOHN, SR1804
DOWLER, JOHN1830
DUNLAP, GRACE1828
FIERCE, MARY1827
FINSTERWALD, JOHN [father]1819
FINSTERWALD, JOHN [son]1820
FOSTER, HULL, SR1809
FOSTER, MARIA1823
FOSTER, WILLIAM BROWN1830
FOSTER, ZADOC1809
FROST, ABNER1806
FROST, BENJAMIN1810
FROST, CYNTHIA1827
FROST, ELINDA1816
FROST, HEMAN1818
FROST, JABEZ1812
FROST, JULIA1815
FROST, MARCUS1814
FROST, MARION1825
FROST, MIRANDA1820
FROST, ROSANNA1829
FROST, SAMUEL1829
FROST, THEODOSIA H1814
FROST, WILLIAM1810
FROST, WORTHY1814
FULLER, AUSTIN1814
FULLER, RESOLVED1815
GARDNER, ELIZABETH ANN1826
GARDNER, THOMAS, SR1820
GILLETT, ELIZA1830
GILLETT, GEORGE1822
GILLETT, SAMUEL1820
GLAZIER, LAVINA1826
GOLDEN, WILLIAM1823
GOODRICH, BINGHAM1815
GOODSPEED, ALLEN1820
GOODSPEED, DAVID1818
GOODSPEED, JOSEPH1818
GRAHAM, MARGARET1803
GRAY, JEREMIAH, JR1827
GRAY, JEREMIAH, SR1826
GREEN, EZRA1807
GREEN, POLLY1802
GREEN, STEPHEN WASHINGTON1814
GUTHRIE, JOSEPH 1733-18081803
GUTHRIE, JOSEPH 1773-18541803
GUTHRIE, JOSEPH 1818-18901818
HALBIRT, HARRISON1826
HALBIRT, SAMUEL1830
HALL, MARGARET1830
HANDBERRY, MARY JANE1803
HANING, ELI1826
HANING, ISAAC1820
HANING, ISAAC, JR1822
HANING, JAMES, JR1823
HANING, JAMES, SR1812
HANING, MARY MAGDALENE1798
HANING, MATTHEW, JR1803
HANING, MATTHEW, SR1798
HANING, MOSES1809
HANING, SARAH1814
HARPER, ALBERT1828
HARPER, CHRISTIANA1804
HARPER, JOHN1828
HARPER, WILLIAM1797
HATCH, ELIJAH, JR1800
HATCH, ELIJAH, SR1801
HATCH, JAMES E1800
HATCH, KEZIA1800
HENRY, CHARLES1821
HENRY, JOHN1816
HENRY, MARTHA1819
HENRY, ROBERT1817
HENRY, WILLIAM1820
HERROLD, BARBARA1825
HERROLD, CHRISTOPHER1800
HERROLD, NANCY1811
HERROLD, WILLIAM H, SR1825
HEWITT, BETHIAH1799
HEWITT, HENRY NEWTON1828
HEWITT, MOSES1800
HEWITT, PARDON COOK1803
HIGGINS, ANDREW1800
HIGGINS, MARY1824
HIGGINS, MICHAEL1819
HILL, JONATHAN1819
HILL, MARY ANN1820
HOLDREN, GEORGE1829
HOPKINS, JAMES H1822
HOPKINS, TIMOTHY1820
HOSKINSON, JOSHUA1810
HOSKINSON, ZIBA WATSON1818
HUDNALL, ELIZABETH1830
HUDNALL, JOSEPH1820
HUDNALL, MARY ANN (POLLY)1820
HUDNALL, THOMAS1820
HUMPHREY, JACOB1805
HUMPHREY, SHEPHERD1823
HUNT, CLARINDA1800
HURLBERT, CATHERINE1822
JACKAWAY/JACKSON, ELIZA1813
JACKSON, LYDIA JANE1822
JACKSON, SARAH1805
JAMES, SAMUEL1818
JEFFERS, ASA PATTERSON1813
JEFFERS, GEORGE1818
JEFFERS, ROBERT W1814
JEFFERS, WILLIAM1813
JEFFERS, WILLIAM I1819
JOHNSON, AZEL, JR1804
JOHNSON, CALEB1818
JOHNSON, JOHN 1779-18651807
JOHNSON, JOHN B1820
JOHNSON, JOHN J1818
JOHNSON, MARY WYATT1809
JOHNSON, PLEASANT1818
JUNOD, FREDERICK L1826
KASLER, AMANDA1820
KASLER, FREEMAN MILES1827
KASLER, KELION1820
KASLER, MAHLON1820
KEARNS, ELIZABETH1817
KEETON, VIOLETTA (added 2013)1830
KEIRNS, SALLY A1830
KELLER, HANNAH1800
KENNEY, NATHAN1808
KENNEY, SAMUEL HOWARD1825
KING, HANNAH1817
LANE, FANNY1820
LATHEY, JOHN TAYLOR1822
LATHEY, WILLIAM1820
LATIMORE, ELEANOR1826
LAWRENCE, DEBORAH1813
LEWIS, ELSIE1809
LEWIS, MARY1802
LICHTIE, MARY ANNE1830
LINDLEY, ZIBA, JR1820
LINDLEY, ZIBA, SR1829
LINSCOTT, GEORGE1812
LINSCOTT, ISAAC, SR1800
LINSCOTT, ISRAEL1800
LINSCOTT, JEDEDIAH1830
LINSCOTT, SUSANNAH1826
LITTELL, FANNY1828
LOGAN, JOHN1802
LOGAN, LURANY1828
LORD, ORPHA1829
LOWRY, RACHEL1827
LOWRY, RICHARD1825
LOWRY, WILLIAM1797
LUCKY, JAMES1803
LUCKY, WILLIAM NELSON1807
LYON, JOHN F [father]1829
LYON, JOHN F [son]1830
LYONS, JANE1806
MANSFIELD, ANNA1825
MANSFIELD, JAMES1816
MANSFIELD, PETER1816
MANSFIELD, SAMUEL1819
MARTIN, JOSEPH C1820
MARTIN, MARY1823
MATHENY, FREDERICK1814
MATHENY, JOHN1819
MATHENY, MARY1820
MCCLINTOCK, MARY (POLLY)1819
MCCUNE, JOHN1800
MCCUNE, SARAH1820
MCKEE, ALLEN1816
MCKEE, ALLEN, SR1810
MCKEE, ELIZABETH (BETSEY)1816
MCKEE, THOMAS1812
MCKINSTRY, ELIZABETH1809
MCKINSTRY, JOHN [b 1827]1827
MCKINSTRY, JOHN [b c1792]1815
MCKINSTRY, MATTHEW1826
MCKINSTRY, ROBERT1811
MCLAINE, MARY (POLLY)1809
MCNUTT, MARGARET1816
MCVAY, STEPHEN1817
MCVAY, ZIBA1820
MILES, ESTHER1829
MILLER, ABIGAIL1818
MINER, BETSY1820
MINER, JOSEPH K1830
MINER, LYDIA1817
MINER, NATHAN L1818
MINTUN, JOHN1820
MINTUN, THOMAS L1830
MITCHELL, ELIZA ANN1821
MITCHELL, JAMES1817
MOORE, HANNAH1823
MOORE, SARAH (SALLY) A1815
MUNS, MARY (POLLY)1829
MYRICK, ELIAS1822
NASH, ELIZABETH1814
NELSON, DANIEL1814
NULTON, MARY1810
NULTON, SARAH NANCY1812
NYE, GEORGE1817
NYE, GEORGE AUGUSTUS1824
NYE, SARAH C1822
OGDIN, ALVIN1800
OGDIN, MARY (POLLY)1815
OGDIN, SABIRT1801
ORME, AARON1828
ORME, ELIZABETH1813
ORME, THOMAS1813
PARMETER, JAMES1830
PARSONS, HORACE1799
PARSONS, LUCY1824
PARSONS, MARGARET1816
PARSONS, VIRGIL H1803
PAULK, EUNICE1814
PAULK, SARAH1799
PAULK, VASHTI1810
PEMBER, MANDANA1820
PHILLIPS, ASA1827
PICKETT, HEATHCOAT1818
PORTER, SARAH (SALLY)1809
PRATT, AZARIAH1822
PRATT, EBENEZER1822
PROCTOR, SALLY1814
PRUDEN, SAMUEL BALDWIN1815
PRUDEN, SILAS1815
RATHBURN, DAVID1809
RATHBURN, LEWIS1809
READ, LUCY1823
REEVES, JOHN1811
REEVES, RICHARD1803
REMNENT, HARRIET1821
RICE, JAMES (added 2013)1830
RICHARDSON, ABRAHAM1810
RICHARDSON, THOMAS1811
ROBINETT, MARGARET1829
ROBINETTE, MARY (POLLY)1821
ROBINSON, JOHN C1816
ROSE, WILLIAM1823
ROSS, JOHN1825
RUSH, PETER1826
SANBORN, MEHETABLE1820
SEAMONS, SUSANNAH1808
SECOY, JOHN1830
SECOY, LAZARUS1815
SHAW, ELIZABETH1800
SHEPHERD, ELEANOR1804
SICKLES, WILLIAM1826
SIMMONS, ELEANOR1809
SIMMONS, JANE1820
SIMMONS, JOSEPH1797
SIMMONS, RICHARD1816
SIMONTON, MARTHA (MATTIE)1816
SMITH, MARGARET1820
SMITH, SARAH1825
SNOWDEN, MARY (POLLY)1816
SOUTHERTON, JAMES1821
SOUTHERTON, JAMES P1821
SOUTHERTON, RHODA A1828
SPACHT, MARY (POLLY)1810
SPEED, NANCY1803
STACY, SAMUEL (added 2013)1811
STALDER, ANDREW1819
STALDER, CATHERINE1819
STALDER, FREDERICK1819
STALDER, JACOB1819
STALDER, ROSENA1819
STARR, PHILLIP MORTIMOR1801
STEVENS, CHRISTIAN1798
STEVENS, HESTER1820
STEVENS, JAMES1820
STEVENS, JAMES D1798
STEWART, DANIEL1802
STEWART, DANIEL B1812
SWETT, MILLY1818
THAYER, LYDIA1801
THAYER, MARY1815
THOMPSON, JEREMIAH1829
THOMPSON, JOHN1828
TINKER, SARAH ADALINE1830
TIPPIE, JOHN, SR1808
TIPPIE, JOSEPH 1809-18941809
TIPPIE, MICHAEL1803
TIPPIE, REASON1820
TIPPIE, URIAH1803
TRUE, AUSTIN1818
TRUE, JOSIAH1800
TUCKER, AARON1829
TUTTLE, ALMIRA1804
TUTTLE, SOLOMON1800
VAUGHN, BETSEY1822
VEITS, ELIZA1823
WARREN, NEHEMIAH1827
WARREN, NEHEMIAH OLNEY1827
WARREN, SAMUEL1820
WARTHMAN, MATHIAS1806
WASHBURN, ELEAZER1805
WASHBURN, ROSWELL1824
WEBB, REBECCA1820
WEISS, FREDERICK1826
WEISS, JACOB1819
WEISS, MAGDALENA1822
WHITE, JOHN1820
WHITE, SOPHIA1816
WICKHAM, JOHN1812
WICKHAM, JOSEPH1805
WICKHAM, SAMANTHA1827
WICKHAM, WARREN WILLIAM1814
WILKINS, ANNA1830
WILLIAMS, ABRAHAM1826
WILLIAMS, ABRAHAM M1829
WILLIS, STEPHEN HAMILTON1829
WILSON, TRAVIS1830
WISE, MARY ELIZABETH1798
WOLFE, JACOB1824
WOOD, JOSHUA [d 1827]1827
WOOD, JOSHUA [d 1859]1815
WOOD, WILLIAM1826
WOODBURY, ELIZABETH (BETSEY)1823
WOODYARD, ANNA MARIE1829
WRIGHT, SARAH1816
WYATT, CHARLES H1830
WYATT, FREDERICK C1823
WYATT, GEORGE1821
WYATT, JOHN1800
WYATT, JOSHUA1800
WYATT, SALLY1807
YOUNG, ALEXANDER1825
YOUNG, JOHN1812
YOUNG, MARY1827
YOUNG, SAMUEL1828
YOUNG, WESLEY1829
YOUNG, WILLIAM1825

About the Genealogy Center & Library

OUR HISTORY

The Levering Library is a result of a generous donation by siblings Rita & Charles Levering in 1993. It was updated and renovated in 2017 through substantial funds donated by Brent & Cindy Hayes in honor of Brent’s parents, Jim & Shirley Hayes.

The collection includes original Probate Court estate packets, family histories, county histories, surname files, obituaries, First Families of Athens applications, microfilms of newspapers and county court records, copies of research completed for patrons, and more. 

Item Donations to the Library

The Genealogy Center and Levering Library benefit from generous donations of materials to our collection. We consider item donations based on their enhancement of our current collection, usefulness to research about southeast Ohio and southeast Ohio families. If we are not able to take your donation, we may direct you to the SOHC Museum collections department or to other organizations. Items we accept become the property of the Southeast Ohio History Center.

We are not able to accept gifts if they contain mold or mildew that can damage our existing collection or other damage that limits the use of the item. We also do not commit to restoration, unique storage, or donor restrictions on the use of the material.

Contact us!

To find out if we can use your donation of a piece of southeast Ohio history, please contact the Genealogy Center and Levering Library by email or by phone.

Thank you for thinking of us!

Items Considered for Donation

  • Family histories (well organized with title, author and publication date)
  •   Published historical books about our area such as local and county histories
  •   Published genealogical books about our area
  •   Periodicals that document local history
  •   Directories about our area (ie., Telephone Books, City Directories, etc.)
  •   Yearbooks
  •   Family bibles containing genealogical information - *
  •   Biographies and autobiographies of area people (without living people)
  •   Maps of the area
  •   Local structure history
  •   Local business and industry history
  •   Local photographs