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Religious Records Research at the Archives & Library of the Ohio History Connection


Baptists arrived in the Northwest Territory in the late 1700s, and established their first church near modern-day Cincinnati in 1790. Many more arrived after Ohio became a state, establishing religious communities across the state. The first Baptists in Ohio sought converts among Native Americans. In 1831, the Baptists founded Denison College in Granville, Ohio. By the 1850s, most Ohio cities, towns, and villages had at least one Baptist Church. 

Below are lists of select archival and library materials related to the Baptist Church, available for research at the Ohio History Connection Archives & Library. Review the catalog links below, or explore our Online Collections Catalog using a specific church name or related search terms for more information [example search terms: "Baptists -- Ohio", "Baptist Church"].

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