- Select a piece of property and visit the County Courthouse to learn its legal description and get the list of owners and dates.
- You may find it helpful to visit the site in person. What is there now?
- Find the property on a map. Use older maps to view the property in times past. What changes are evident?
- Learn some of the history of the general area. For example, city and county histories will give you useful background information.
- Learn about the people.
- City and county histories often include biographical information about individuals.
- Look for obituaries of property owners.
- Consult Probate Court records about wills, marriages, births.
- Check the Federal Census for the families.
- Check city and county directories for information about the people and indications of property use.
- Check gazetteers for geographical and geological information.
- If your parcel was formerly part of a larger property, trace the owners and history of the larger parcel.
- Check reappraisement records for physical description of buildings on the property, over time. (You need the township and legal description of the property to do this)
- Review the list of other public records available, both at the Center for Archival Collections and at the Courthouse to fill in needed information.
Bibliography of Selected Print Sources
pOG 1006 - Kaatz, Martin R. The Black Swamp: A Study in Historical Geogrpahy.
OG F 499.B72 B65 - Bowling Green Sesquicentennial Commission. Bowling Green, Ohio: A Sesquicentennial History, 1833-1983. Bowling Green: Sesquicentennial Commission, 1985. A contemporary history of the city from its beginnings.
pUA 1411 - Bowling Green State University. Land Inventory. Bowling Green, Ohio: BGSU, 1972. Lists land acquired by the university, date, from whom acquired, and legal description
pOG 3479 1994 - Burke, Thomas Aquinas. Ohio Lands: A Short History.[Columbus]: Ohio Auditor of State, n.d.
OG F 497.W8 C7 1897x - Commemorative, Historical and Biographical Record of Wood County, Ohio: Its Past and Present, Early Settlement and Development...Biographies and Portraits of Early Settlers and Representative Citizens...Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1897. Separate every-name index available.
pOG 4289 - Deters, Morgan. The Rise of Bowling Green. Bowling Green, Ohio: Deters, 1996.
OG F497.W8 E8 - Evers, C. W. The Pioneer Scrap-Book of Wood County and the Maumee Valley. Bowling Green, 1909. Separate index available.
OG HD1775.O3 J66 1983 - Jones, Robert Leslie. History of Agriculture in Ohio to 1880. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1983.
HD1761.G255 1968 - Gates, Paul Wallace. The Farmer's Age: Agriculture, 1815-1860. New York: Harper & Row, 1968
S521.5O3 G57 - Good, E. Howard. Black Swamp Farm. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1967
E101.N63 1997 - Nobles, Gregory H. American Frontiers: Cultural Encounters and Continental Conquest. New York: Hill & Wang, 1997
F499.B72 V2 - Van Tassel, Charles Sumner. The First One Hundred Years of Bowling Green, Ohio. Bowling Green, Ohio: Wood County News, 1932.
GF41.R87 199 - Russell, Emily W. B. People and the Land through Time: Linking Ecology and History. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997.
HD191.S3 1964 - Sakolski, Aaron Morton. The Great American Land Bubble: the Amazing Story of Land-grabbing Speculations, and Booms from Colonial Days to the Present Time. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1932.
- Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps--City maps over time
- Wood County, Ohio Auditor--Property ownership information
- Ohio Obituary Index--information about lives of property owners
- State of Ohio: www.state.oh.us
- Bureau of Land Management Homepage
General Land Office Records Search (federal)
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: www.epa.gov
- Library of Congress: lcweb.loc.gov
- Sierra Club: www.sierraclub.org
- Appalachian Trail Conference: www.atconf.org
- Great Lakes Information Network: www.great-lakes.net
- Ancestry: www.ancestry.com
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880: http://search.ancestrylibrary.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1276
- 1912 Wood County Atlas that is available online via the Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/item/2007626976/
- "The Story of the Great Black Swamp" (a documentary): http://www.loc.gov/item/2007626976/