Ohio Poorhouse
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POORHOUSE HISTORY by state

 

By the end of February 2001 we had accumulated so much poorhouse information for Ohio that it became necessary to present the material in a different format -- by using a table (scroll down) of separate pages for each county. We did so with mixed feelings. (It has been a little like watching a small hometown grow into a very big city!) Where previously we could see at a glance what had become known about poorhouses all over the state ... now it is necessary to enter the specific county pages to learn what is available. We have retained on this state page several features which will be of interest to researchers seeking information from anywhere in the state; but we would encourage you to occasionally browse the links on the table below ... just to see what folks in your neighboring counties have discovered. And we sincerely thank all of you whose suggestions and submissions have made it possible for our knowledge of poorhouses in Ohio to grow so comprehensive! But the work is not yet complete. Please know how welcome your future contributions will be! PHL
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TABLE OF OHIO COUNTIES

Counties are coded as follows:
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(Ohio Historical Society)
Works Progress Administration Inventory
WPA Inventory
(Works Progress Administration)

ADAMS ALLEN
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ASHLAND
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ASHTABULA

ATHENS
Microfilm Records at OHS   Works Progress Administration Inventory Photos

AUGLAIZE
Microfilm Records at OHS  Photos

BELMONT
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BROWN BUTLER
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CARROLL
CHAMPAIGN
Microfilm Records at OHS
CLARK
Microfilm Records at OHS
CLERMONT
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CLINTON
Microfilm Records at OHS

COLUMBIANA
Microfilm Records at OHS    Works Progress Administration Inventory

COSHOCTON CRAWFORD
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CUYAHOGA DARKE
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DEFIANCE
Microfilm Records at OHS
DELAWARE ERIE
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FAIRFIELD FAYETTE
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FRANKLIN
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FULTON GALLIA
Microfilm Records at OHS
GEAUGA
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GREENE
Microfilm Records at OHS Photos
GUERNSEY
Microfilm Records at OHS
HAMILTON
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HANCOCK
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HARDIN
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HARRISON
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HENRY
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HIGHLAND
Microfilm Records at OHS
HOCKING
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HOLMES
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HURON
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JACKSON
Works Progress Administration Inventory
JEFFERSON KNOX
Works Progress Administration Inventory
LAKE
Works Progress Administration Inventory Photos
LAWRENCE
Microfilm Records at OHS
LICKING
Microfilm Records at OHS
LOGAN 
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LORAIN
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LUCAS
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MADISON
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MAHONING
Photos   Microfilm Records at OHS
MARION
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MEDINA
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MEIGS
Microfilm Records at OHS
MERCER
Microfilm Records at OHS
MIAMI
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MONROE
Microfilm Records at OHS
MONTGOMERY
Microfilm Records at OHS   Works Progress Administration Inventory
MORGAN MORROW MUSKINGUM
Photos   Microfilm Records at OHS
NOBLE
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OTTAWA
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PAULDING PERRY
Photos   Microfilm Records at OHS
PICKAWAY
Photos  Microfilm Records at OHS
PIKE
Photos   Works Progress Administration Inventory
PORTAGE
Microfilm Records at OHS
PREBLE 
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PUTNAM
Microfilm Records at OHS  Photos
RICHLAND
ROSS
Works Progress Administration Inventory
SANDUSKY
Microfilm Records at OHS
SCIOTO
Microfilm Records at OHS
SENECA
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SHELBY     
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STARK
Works Progress Administration Inventory  Photos
SUMMIT
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TRUMBULL TUSCARAWAS
Photos   Microfilm Records at OHS
UNION
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VAN WERT VINTON WARREN WASHINGTON
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WAYNE
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WILLIAMS
Microfilm Records at OHS
WOOD
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WYANDOT    
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HISTORY: There is an excellent brief survey of the history of poorhouses in Ohio in the book OHIO GENEALOGICAL GUIDE, by Carol Willsey Bell. Published by Bell Books, Youngstown, OH, 6th edition, copyright 1995.

 

Here is the Ohio excerpt   
from a 
U.S. Government
REPORT 
summarizing various state poor laws in 1904. 

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(WPA) INVENTORIES OF THE COUNTY ARCHIVES OF OHIO --
EXCERPTS RELATED TO POORHOUSE (INFIRMARY) HOLDINGS

During the 1930's and 1940's the Work Projects Administration (WPA) began the process of inventorying County Archives of Ohio. Those which inventoried infirmary records have been transcribed and links are here posted on a table.

We have found so many infirmary/poorhouse records for Ohio that we have created a special page for the references-- which will be found in a table alphabetized by county.

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We are hoping to build this base of information about poorhouses in Ohio through the helpful
participation of readers.  All are requested to submit items of interest by sending
e-mail to 
The Poorhouse Lady.

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