City and County Histories
Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Every name index to Ford’s History of Cincinnati
Neighborhood histories for Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Many books have been published about neighborhoods and towns in Cincinnati and Hamilton County. See neighborhood histories for Cincinnati and Hamilton County which has been extracted in part from an original compilation by Carol E. Mahan, which appeared in A Guide to Genealogical Resources in Cincinnati & Hamilton County, Ohio. The Guide is available for purchase from the HCGS Shop.
City and county directories
Local historical newspapers
Early Hamilton County boundaries before 1803
Hamilton County underwent multiple boundary changes before Ohio became a state in 1803. In 1792, Hamilton County, Northwest Territory, covered most of the western third of the current state of Ohio and part of Michigan to the Canadian border. From 1798 to 1803, several counties in southeastern Indiana were also part of Hamilton County. Read Early Hamilton County Boundaries, compiled by John Tholking, for further details and maps.
Rare books and special collections
The collection in the Cincinnati Room at PLCH is particularly strong in Cincinnati and Ohio River Valley history and culture. Unique materials include the Inland Rivers Library and a large postcard collection, among many other items in closed stacks. For example, the Cincinnati Room has every issue of Der Deutsche Pionier (The German Pioneer) from March 1869 to 1938. This publication lists the members and obituaries of German immigrants in Cincinnati, many of which have been indexed in The Tracer and other publications. Additionally, some old and rare books are available as downloadable e-books in PLCH’s Virtual Library.