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Local History Collection

This page contains a listing of selected materials available at the library that will be of great value for your researching endeavors:

Genealogy Guides

Census and Soundex Guides, Computer Genealogy, Ethnic Research, Vital Records Handbook, County Records and more!

Passenger Immigration Lists

Passenger lists from various ships for immigration records.

Ohio Genealogy

Ohio Genealogy Guide, Ohio Families, Early Ohio Settlers, Ohio Source Records, Early Ohio Tax Records, Ohio Cemeteries, and Ohio Jail Reports, Ohio Marriages to 1820 and more.


Marriage Records as early as 1789-1916, Jefferson County Births from 1867-1908, Death Records from 1867-1908, Tombstone Inscriptions and Family Records of Jefferson County, The History of Steubenville and Jefferson County, Yellow Creek Stories, Herald Star Abstracts, Will Books of Jefferson County, and a variety of Jefferson County Cemetery books.

CD Roms

Census Indexes


Steubenville Herald Star from 1806-present with some dates missing
Toronto Tribune from February 1971-July 1990
West Virginia and Pennsylvania Census Records
Ohio Census 1820 and 1830- almost the entire state, 1840-1930 mostly Jefferson County
Civil War Roster Index


Books on Family History Research 

Ohio Lands: Steubenville Land Office 1800-1820
Naturalization Records of Jefferson Co., Ohio 1823-1906
Various States Census Indexes
Steubenville Herald Star from 1806-present with some dates missing
Jefferson County Birth and Death Records 1867-1908
Books with actual obituaries 1987-1996
Herald-Star Obituary index 1997-present
Topical Index to the Steubenville Western Herald 1806-1819
Will Abstracts Jefferson County Ohio 1798-1895
Marriages Jefferson County Ohio1789-1916


Genealogy Classes

Each year, our local historian/genealogist Erika Grubbs teaches a beginner's genealogy class for adults who want to trace their family roots. The class is traditionally held in April during National Library Week and is free to the public.

In this class you'll learn how to:

- Organize Genealogy Material
- Read Census/Soundex Charts 
- Determine Soundex Code for Family
- Write a Genealogy Correspondence Letter
- Fill Out Family Group Sheets and Ancestor Charts 

For more information, please e-mail Erika Grubbs.

Steubenville City Directories


Census Indexes (Printed)

The printed census indexes listed below are available at the Schiappa Branch Library in the Ohio Room. 

- Jefferson County, 1820-1920
- United States Census, 1790,1800
- Ohio Census, 1820, 1840-1880
- West Virginia Census, 1880
- Virginia Census, 1787

Names may be found in a printed index that cannot be otherwise found in an online index.

High School Yearbooks

Some High School yearbooks are available for viewing in the Ohio Room at the Schiappa Library.
- Steubenville High School, 1913-2001
- Wintersville High School, 1947-1988
- Mingo Junction High School, 1963-1986
-Catholic Central High School 1941-1971
-Mingo Junction HS 1947-1991
-Catholic Central HS (correction) 1949-1971
-Holy Name HS 1926, 1929-1930
-Smithfield HS 1931, 1950-58
-Brilliant HS 1915, 1938-1966
-Dillonvale HS 1942
-Toronto HS 1946
-Jefferson Union HS 1948
-Jefferson Co Technical Institute (now Jefferson Community College) 1973
-College of Steubenville (now Franciscan Univ of Steubenville) 1950-1951, 1981-1985

A few other high schools also available and there are no complete sets for any school.


Schiappa Branch Library has indexes of cemeteries with various county cemeteries.


Family Histories 

Click here to take you to Family History page.

For more information contact Erika Grubbs @