The Richland County – Shelby Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society maintains a reference library in the Marvin Room in the lower level of the library. The collection contains books of land records, births, deaths, census, cemetery, military service, Shelby high school yearbooks, city directories, and history of Richland County, as well as other Ohio counties.

The chapter’s website also chronicles people, businesses, and events in Shelby’s history.

The group meets at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of the month September through May in the meeting room, lower level, of Marvin Memorial Library. Visitors are welcome!


Local newspapers from 1862-1986 have now been digitized and are searchable through marvin.advantage-preservation.com.  A microfilm reader and computer are also available in the Marvin Room

Access to Ancestry.comSanborn Fire Insurance Maps and other magazines and journals of interest to genealogist is available at –  Ohio Web Library

Richland County historical tax maps can be found on the engineering website.

The history of Shelby’s bicycle industries can be found at Shelby Cycle History.

We provide searches for obituaries with an exact date of death. Obituaries can be scanned and emailed (preferred method as no postage is required), or mailed. $.10/copy +postage.

Questions? Call the library at 419-347-5576,Ext. 1.