Public Records in County Court Houses


There are various types of records held in courthouses including birth and death records, wills, tax records, and deeds for land. Do you know which office holds what records? Do you know how to look them up and find them on the walls of shelves in the courthouse? This presentation will teach you how to use the various indexes and online databases in courthouses and how to retrieve the documents you are seeking.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify public records in county court houses
  • Analyze data in public records
  • Corroborate data with other primary and secondary sources


  • Historians teaching local history and public history; Librarians and archivists, genealogists and local historians


  • This hour long hands-on workshop can be expanded to include more resources upon request.
  • Attendees with receive sample records from census records, city directories and other public records.

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Miriam Kahn, MLS, MA, PhD – historian, researcher, and librarian at large


Miriam Kahn, MLS, MA, PhD is a freelance researcher in genealogy and local history. She has been to almost every courthouse in Ohio researching land records and other public records. Kahn has been teaching genealogy and local history for librarians and family historians since 1992 and is an expert on public records.

Technology requirements:

  • Computer with projector
  • If internet access is available, computers for all attendees