The Roselle M. Hunter Local History Room, located on the lower level of the Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library, is comprised of a broad spectrum of genealogical resources, including: census data, county records, cemetery books, military rosters, how-to books, newspaper archives and family histories. It is open for unrestricted use by the public during normal business hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:30 - 7:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 - 5:00 p.m.; and Saturday, 8:30 - 12:30 p.m. The library is closed on Sundays and selected holidays.
The local history room has one microfilm reader/printer available for public use. Copies of microform documents cost $.20 per page. There is a public photocopier located outside the local history room. Each copy from the photocopier costs 10 cents per page.
In addition, the library has added a computer to the genealogy room to allow users to access the Internet for historical research.
Materials from the local history room do not circulate and are not available for interlibrary loan.
Since the local history room is not staffed by genealogical librarians, the library is not equipped to provide research. For assistance with genealogical research, please contact a professional genealogist.
For additional local history and genealogical information, please contact the Vinton County Historical Society , P.O. Box 306, Hamden, OH 45634 or phone (740) 596-0253 (Alice's House), (740) 596-5706 or 596-4349.
Census Records and County Dates
Athens County: 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870.
Gallia County: 1820, 1830, 1840,1850, 1860, 1870.
Hocking County: 1820, 1830, 1840,1850, 1860, 1870.
Jackson County: 1820, 1830, 1840,1850, 1860, 1870.
Ross County: 1820, 1830, 1840,1850, 1860, 1870.
Vinton County: 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910.
Vinton County, named for Samuel Finley Vinton (who was a 19th century US Congressman from Ohio), was formed in 1850 from Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, and Ross counties.
Vinton County Republican 4/13/1850 - 8/19/1852
Vinton County Flag 8/26/1852 - 8/19/1853
McArthur Republican 12/10/1852 - 12/9/1853
McArthur Democrat 9/2/1853 - 12/2/-1865
Mineral Region Herald 4/17/1856 - 5/29-1856
McArthur Journal 12/24/1857 - 1/15/1863
McArthur Register 4/23/1863 - 10/26/1865
Vinton Record 1/4/1866 - 12/26/1895
Democrat Enquirer 1/24/1867 - 1/15/1873
McArthur Enquirer 1/22/1873 - 1/9/1884
Hamden Enterprise 1/1880 - 1/1902
Vinton County Democrat 8/11/1881 - 11/29/1883
McArthur Democrat Enquirer 1/17/1884 - 12/26/1968
Vinton County Republican 1/11/1894 - 2/29/1912
McArthur Republican Tribune 5/7/1912 - 12/3/1971
Vinton County Courier 8/4/1971 - 12/28/1994
Athens Messenger 1/1990 -
V.C. Commisioners' Journal Index 1850 - 1908
Index to the Civil War Roster
Ancestry.com  (Patrons can only access this site from the library.)
Records Project 
Friends of the Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library, Inc.  (FOL) -- Become a member of the FOL!
NoveList Plus 
This electronic database makes finding reading recommendations easier than ever. (There is also an icon at the bottom right-hand side of the screen. You'll need your library card number to access this information.)
In NoveList Plus, you’ll find:
Each Learning Center in the LearningExpress Library offers practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information needed to achieve great results at school, at work, or in life. Looking to land a job? An entire Learning Center is dedicated to helping patrons get the ones that are right for them.
Mango Languages 
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This is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids.
It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.
The collection consists of six core data sets:
U.S. Federal Censuses feature the original images of every extant federal census in the United States, from 1790 through 1930, with name indexes for many decades. In total the collection covers more than 140 million names.
Genealogy and Local History Books deliver more than 7 million digitized page images from over 28,000 family histories, local histories, and other books. Titles have been digitized from our own renowned microform collections, as well from the American Antiquarian Society via an exclusive partnership.
Periodical Source Index (PERSI), published by the Allen County Public Library, is recognized as the most comprehensive index genealogy and local history periodicals. It contains more than 2 million records covering titles published around the world since 1800.
Revolutionary War Records contain original images from pension and bounty land warrant application files help to identify more than 80,000 American Army, Navy, and Marine officers and enlisted men from the Revolutionary War era.
Freedman’s Bank Records, with more than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865–1874, offer valuable data that can provide important clues to tracing African American ancestors prior to and immediately after the Civil War.
LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set records the memorials, petitions, private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789, with a total of more than 480,000 pages of information.
Ohio Governor  -- Contact information for Ohio's Governor, John R. Kasich
Ohio University  -- Link to the main campus and area branches
Hocking College  -- Link to the main campus
University of Rio Grande  -- Link to the main campus
15th District of Ohio, U.S. Representative (Vinton County) -- Steve Stivers 
93rd District State of Ohio House of Representatives -- Ryan Smith 
94th District State of Ohio House of Representatives -- Debbie Phillips 
17th District State of Ohio Senate -- Bob Peterson 
30th District State of Ohio Senate -- Lou Gentile 
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State of Ohio  -- a link to Ohio's government information
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