The Local History Room at the Harris-Elmore Public Library has been in operation for over 40 years due to the painstaking research of local historian Grace Luebke. Housed here are numerous historical documents that are helpful to the expert genealogist or the curious patron. Obituaries, naturalization records, photographs, and news articles, etc. can be found for Ottawa, Sandusky, Wood, Lucas, and Erie Counties in a range of dates.

​A complete list of holdings can be viewed on this site by clicking

the WORD icon.

This site holds a vast number of our collections in a searchable digital format. This is made possible by a grant in 2009, from the Ottawa County Community Foundation and a partnership with the Ohio History Connection's Ohio Memory Project.  This project was also funded in part by an LSTA grant that partners with 11 other Ohio Libraries through NORWELD.  All of our digital collections can also be found at Ohio Memory.

Browse Digital Collections

Search our Local History Dept. Digital Collections by Document Category.

Ex: Photographs; Obituaries; Church Records

Online Research Links

A list of the best genealogy/local history research links on the web according to category.

Search Digital Collections

Search our Local History Dept. Digital Collections on Ohio Memory by Search Term

Ex: Person's Name, Town Name, Business, Event

Contact Us

Find out how to contact the

Local History Dept.  

Give us a call or send us an email with your research questions or general comments.