Author: Leslie Korenko


Beatty Family Website
Michael Beatty has a website that is a one-stop genealogical bonanza for people looking for family connections. It is an archive of the genealogical history of Kelleys Island. He has pictures, census information, family trees, birth, death and marriage info - actually, you could spend an entire day just exploring the options available.

Ohio Memory
Since 2008 the Ohio Historical Society has digitized over 400,000 newspapers. Also a great place to do a general search for pictures, articles, publications, etc.

Kelleys Island Faces from the Past on Facebook 

Another great place to see photos, posted with t​he hope that SOMEONE can identify who those pictures are. Help them out!
Erie County Genealogy Society
Small membership fee, these people try to help you find your Erie Co. roots.
Sandusky Library
Downstairs is a great genealogy section. Sandusky Papers are on microfilm back to the 1830's.

Early Property Maps for Erie County

Those big tax maps showing who owned what are now in PDF form and can be viewed online, 1920-1986 series is complete and can be viewed at

Johnson's Island Confederate Prison info can be found at A recently discovered document of POWs by Block.
R B Hayes Museum and Library
Cli​​​​​ck on Ohio Obituary Index to search for death notices that appeared in NW Ohio newspapers.
Cleveland Public Library
Click on  Necrology Files - if an obituary appeared in the Cleveland papers, it should be found here.
Newspaper Archive
This site has converted over to a subscription database, but is quite comprehensive.
Another Newspaper Source

Not quite as extensive, but it is free.​
Castle Garden
A good place to start in searching Immigration Records
Wish you had a picture of your great-great's cemetery monument? This is the place to post your request.  Dedicated volunteers scour cemeteries to gather pictures. Or you can volunteer to take pictures in your area.

Discover the BEST way to do a tombstone 'rubbing.' 
Kelleys Island Cemetery Index
You can search for burials (only those with monuments at the time of the survey will show up). Please keep in mind that some monuments have long since disappeared. It is, however, a useful tool to find relatives names.  It was accurate as of 1983, no additions to the list since then.
The first genealogy website. While there is a subscription fee, there is also a free trial period.

​Family Search
The Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints houses a huge collection of genealogical records that include names of more than 3 billion deceased people. It’s the largest collection of its kind in the world. What is really good about this site is that it is F R E E, although they are some links to fee-based locations for some document copies. Pretty much everything you can get on Ancestry is here, except some images.​

Soldiers & Sailors database
From the National Park Service

Erie County Probate Court

323 Columbus Avenue (in the Courthouse), downtown Sandusky Ohio
​The State of Ohio did not require birth and death records be recorded as Civil Records until December 20, 1908.  Prior to that, recording of these documents was 'encouraged,' which is why locating some are so very difficult. Court records include birth and death records from 1867-1908. After 1908 these records are housed at the Erie County Health Dept. Probate court also has marriages, wills and and probate estate records from 1838 as well as guardianships and some miscellaneous records.

Google Books has digitized loads of old books. Put your relative's name in quotes (to limit the search) and see what comes up. How cool to read a book online that can only be found in a library in California!​  An alternative to Google Books. Old books digitized and ready to read.
National Archives​
Check more than 50 million historical records from Civil War battles to family immigration files.
Ohio Veterans Home - OVH Cemetery

Search names and get locations and pictures of monuments at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky.
Homestead records -
Federal Land Patents offer researchers a source of information on the initial transfer of land titles from the Federal government to individuals. In addition to verifying title transfer, this information will allow the researcher to associate an individual (Patentee, Assignee, Warrantee, Widow, or Heir) with a specific location (Legal Land Description) and time (Issue Date). There is a variety of Land Patents on the site, including Cash Entry, Homestead and Military Warrant patents.
Old Photographs -
Almost every State has collected old and historic photos. This site has a compilation of many of these sites and their addresses.

​​Genealogy  - Gophers -
 www.gengophers.comSearch only genealogy books for your family names.

Natalie Kelly of ForeverCurious (a group of librarians and educators who are curating and creating the best educational resources for kids on the web) liked my list of genealogy resources and suggested I add the following:
Top 100 Genealogy Sites of 2015 
Resources for Military Families
How to Travel to Find Your Roots
Genealogy and the Law
A Beginner's Guide to Building a Family Tree Online
Military Indexes

Got a question about the Islands? When I do, I go to:
This site contains all the links you didn't know you needed including lake
conditions, fishing reports, web cams, boating, history, environment, travel, videos, and a forum.

Kelleys Island Audubon Club

Stop in to one of the monthly potlucks with speakers (3rd Thursday at 6 pm). Be sure to visit the island for Nest with the Birds in May, the Butterfly Festival/Treasure Island day and Feathers and Foliage in September. Scattered through the year are bird and owl banding.

Port Clinton News Radio (online)

The area's first internet radio station. News, music, event information, weather, sports and special talk shows will keep ou up to date. The radio station that plays while you are doing your computer work. How cool!