Local History Collection

The Paulding County Carnegie Library also maintains a collection of books and other resources documenting the history of Paulding County. Included is a large collection of high-school year books dating back to the early 20th century. Microfilmed local newspapers dating back to the late 19th century are also available. Patrons may access the newspapers through a Digital Microfilm Reader which allows the researcher to digitize information found and send it via e-mail. The Paulding County Genealogy Society underwrote the cost of this special resource.  


John Paulding Historical Society & Museum

Paulding County is fortunate to have a quality historical museum and active society that collects, maintains and preserves the history of the settling and growth of Paulding County. The museum is located on Fairgrounds Road across from the Paulding County Fairgrounds.   Hours: Tuesdays from 10:00AM to 4:00PM Or By Appointment First Saturday of each month, from 10:00AM to 4:00PM   For more information visit the website at: http://www.johnpauldinghistoricalsociety.org/Museum.htm  


The Paulding County Carnegie Library Local History Collection includes:

  • Newspapers:  On micro-film dating to late 19th century, including Paulding Republican, Paulding Democrat, Paulding Progress and other county newspapers
  • Books & Pamphlets:  A variety of books and pamphlets written about Paulding County, its history and villages are available for reference
  • Census Records:  On micro-film comprehensive from 1840
  • Maps: 1878 Map of Paulding County features: Six Mile Reservoir in Antwerp Wabash Canal Miami Canal Canal towns including Canalport, St. Andrews, Newberg, Murat, Timberville and Hamer Townships Oquanoxa’s Reserve (Indian Reservation) Names of platted land owners
  • 1914 Soil Map of Paulding County features: Soil profiles of clay loam, clay, heavy clay, silt loam, silty clay loam, fine sandy loam, gravelly loam Schools including: Hook School, Erter School, Champion School, Elmtree School, Worm School, Happy Corner School, Sunny Side School, Pink School, Swamp College, Logtown School, Keppler School Canals: Abandoned Wabash Canal, Miami-Erie Canal Rail-Road Lines: Wabash Railroad; New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad; Cincinnati Northern Railroad; Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton Railroad
  • Civil War Roster Index for Ohio
  • World War II Veterans Lists
  • Paulding High School and other county high school year books, some back to early 20th century
  • Paulding County Recorder’s Office – Deeds 1849-1940
  • Village of Paulding Council Minutes 1874-1991


Map of Ghost Towns of Paulding County, Ohio


Map of Country Schools in Paulding County, Ohio