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NEW! Century Families of Williams CountyCFWC

We announced our newest lineage society, Century Families of Williams County, at the June Banquet. WCGS is very excited to offer this new lineage society to our members.  And the excitement is growing as there are already several members that are working on their CFWC application.  I encourage everyone to start working on your application and be one of the first to be inducted into CFWC in June 2019!


Any member of WCGS who is a direct descendant of one or more individuals who settled within the area designates as Williams County between January 1, 1861 and 100 year prior to current year is welcome to apply for membership of Century Families of Williams County.

Our Williams County Genealogical Society is very fortunate to have a wonderful relationship with the Local History Center.
An Annex to the Williams County Public Library, the two story facility houses several collections of great interest to historians and genealogists alike. A Microfiche collection of local Newspapers is accessible on site as well as an extensive collection of area High School Yearbooks. Hundreds of family history books and scrapbooks have been donated. Other items are filed in the family drawers by surname. The reading room is also host to materials belonging to our Genealogical Society such as First Family Submission Files, Family Pedigree Charts, Card Index, and numerous publications indexing Censuses, Births/ Marriage/Death and other records, Cemeteries by Township, Military and Biographical Histories, Obituary Collections, Past WCGS Newsletters, etc.
A recent benefit of the close partnership between WCGS and the Local History Center is a new machine called “The Kic” which stands for ‘Knowledge Imaging Center’. This is a special image Scanner capable of multiple output options including e-mail or flash drive.

The research center is located on the north-east corner of the Court House Square, at the corner of North Main Street and East High Street with entrances at 102 N. Main and at 103 E. High Street.

picture of location
Corner Adjacent to the Court House
Main Street Entrance

Williams County Ties is a special series of biographical sketches.

Quaker Cemetery
Quaker Cemetery

West Unity Friends Burial Ground –

 Programs open to the Public!

Click on “Events” above anytime to see our Calendar and join the fun in person!

WCGS Programs are open to the public, they are usually held in the Harmon Room of Local History
Center. Our meetings are held at 6:30 pm, the second Monday of the month, at the Williams County
Public Library West Annex, Bryan Branch, 105 East High Street, Bryan Ohio. (No summer July or August

Our Newest Publication

NEW! Land Records of Williams Co. OH Beginning 1823, Marty Richie

$35.00, S and H $3.00, OH Residents Tax $2.54

Please Mail Your Order To:

PO Box 293
Bryan, OH 43506

Montpelier’s Native Son:
Dr. Paul Siple 
– A native of Superior Township, Williams County, OH “celebrity” during his lifetime. See how other Wms. Co. Oh., families are linked to the Siples.

Research starting points are great finds. Here are some Williams County, Ohio families that may be links for your research. Check them out.

 Williams County Genealogical Society’s Publications chairperson,  Pamela Pattison Lash has provided this research on Divorces in Williams County. 

Divorce Primer: How to use divorce records

Divorces Stories:  by Pam Pattison Lash

For more of Pam’s research visit her blog at:

Main Floor Desk

 “The County of Williams
  William Henry Shinn

1905 History Biographical Index

 Here is a link for listing of Williams County Obits from area papers.

  Wms. Co. Public Library site  


The holdings of the WCGS are located in the Local History Center of the Williams County Public Library, Bryan Branch,
East High Street, Bryan Ohio