Genealogy & Local History Collection

Morley Library has a special collection to help those interested in researching their family genealogy and local history. The Genealogy and Local History Room is open during all regular library hours and is located on the 2nd floor of the library.

Please note: until further notice, the Genealogy Room is closed to the public with no patron access to Genealogy Room resources or materials. Thank you for understanding.


Pre-COVID staff schedule:

Monday: 9-1 & 2:30-4

Tuesday: 9-1 & 2:30-4

Wednesday: 2:30-4

Thursday: 2:30-4

Occasional variations in the schedule may occur. Before visiting the Morley Library Genealogy and Local History room, we suggest calling ahead to confirm a genealogy staff member will be available at the time of your visit.

If you have a question about the Genealogy & Local History Room or a specific Painesville-area genealogy or local history query, you can e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The menu on the left is a list of materials that can be used in doing local research for the Lake County area. Lake County was a part of Trumbull County (1800-1806) and Geauga County (1806-1840) and Cuyahoga County (Willoughby only, 1810-1840). 


Obituary Index

Copies of articles found in the Morley Library Obituary Index may be requested by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), phone (440 352 3383), or mail (Morley Library, 184 Phelps St., Painesville, OH 44077).
Please let us know whether you'd like mail or email in response.
There is a charge of $1.00 per sheet of paper or electronic file.  An invoice for your copies will be included with your response.  Please do not prepay.  Note: some obituaries can not be supplied as an electronic file.  Quality of pictures and illustrations from the microfilm can not be guaranteed.

Please limit your requests to four (4) individuals at a time.



The Lake County General Health District are now located at 5966 Heisley Road in Mentor, OH.  For more information, check their website


Page last updated December 4, 2017.