The Elizabeth M. MacDonell Memorial Library inside the Museum is a wellspring of information for researchers and genealogists. The library contains books, maps, microfilm, vertical files, diaries, manuscripts, scrapbooks, photographs and periodicals which provide information about collections, geographical, historical and biographical information about Allen County and its residents, as well as surrounding counties, Ohio, and neighboring states – including those from which Allen County pioneers originated. About 75% of the library’s patrons are family history researchers. The entire collection of the library is non-circulating.

The Elizabeth M. MacDonell Memorial Library is open every Tuesday and Friday from 1:00-5:00pm and by appointment. Please call 419-222-9426 to schedule your appointment.


The Allen County Museum is pleased to offer the following records for research.
To view specific names and dates, press “Ctrl” + “F.” To zoom in, press “Ctrl” + “+.”

Newspaper Data

Court Records/Naturalization Information

Newspaper Abbreviations
ACD= Allen County Democrat
DT= Democratic Times
LA= Lima Argus
LD= Logan Democrat
LG= Lima Gazette
LGG= Logan County Democrat
LM= ? LG
LWG= Lima Weekly Gazette
NAT= The National
POR= The Porcupine
PP= People’s Press
RH= Republican Herald
WG= Western Gazette
DWH= Delphos Weekly Herald

Vital Statistics Record Type Abbreviations
B= Births
D= Deaths
X= Divorces
M= Marriages