Genealogy & Local History

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Genealogy & Local History




Online databases can expand your genealogical search significantly. The Defiance Public Library offers free access to top genealogical databases for all patrons.

Online Resources

See our list of recommended online resources for researching your family history.

In-House Resources

In-house resources are available through a visit to the Defiance Public Library's Ohioana Local History Room. See what materials are available for use.

Ask Us

Have a query? Not able to make a personal visit? Looking for an obituary? Ask our local historian!

Tours & Programs

Interested in the history of the Defiance Public Library, the Defiance Fort Grounds, or Defiance County? Check out our upcoming local history events or schedule a tour or program for you or your group.

DPLS Digital Archives

Click here to view a fully searchable digital archive of the special historic collections of the Defiance Public Library System presented in conjunction with the Ohio Historical Society. We are currently adding the full Bronson Photographic Collection to this archive. Continue to check back for updates.

Local Authors *Coming Soon!*

Northwest Ohio boasts a rich history of local authors past and present. Discover the literary talent just around the corner.

Contact DPLS

Defiance Public Library
320 Fort Street
Defiance, OH 43512
Phone: (419)782-1456
Fax: (419)782-6235
Johnson Memorial Branch Library
116 West  High St.
Hicksville, OH 43526
Phone: (419) 542-6200
Fax: (419) 542-1015
Sherwood Branch Library
117 North Harrison
Sherwood, OH 43556
Phone: (419) 899-4343

Fax: (419) 899-3479