What do Ulysses S. Grant, Thomas Edison, Paul Newman, Toni Morrison and Neil Armstrong all have in common? They were born and raised in "The Buckeye State", Ohio.
Ohio was part of the Old Northwest Territory and became a powerhouse throughout the 19th century. The population grew by leaps and bounds - from 42,159 at the beginning of the 19th century to 4,157,545 by 1900. Ohio was along major migration and distribution routes westward, including the Ohio River, Lake Erie, Erie Canal, National Road, Lincoln Highway and major railroad lines. With the rapidly expanding population and strategic geographic location, chances are one of your ancestors spent time or travelled through Ohio. Come learn how to find the traces of your ancestors and the role Ohio played in the late 18th century to the early 20th century.