Gilbert D. Adams was elected the first mayor of Covington in 1835.

The J. R. Clarke Public Library has several items of interest in our local history and genealogy room. Those items include:

  • The personal collection of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Clarke including his documented scrapbooks displaying events of his life and the lives of citizens of Covington.
  • Obituaries of local citizens beginning in 1981 through 2006. Some people may have been omitted due to missing newspaper publications. After 2006 obituaries have been entered in the Rutherford B. Hayes Obituary Index.
  • The Parl “Bud” Wineland Civil War Collection.
  • The Miami County Census from 1820 through 1910 on microfilm.
  • The Franklin County Census for the year of 1900 on microfilm.
  • The Montgomery County Census for 1850 through 1870 and 1900 on microfilm.
    The Stillwater Valley Advertiser from July 9, 1926, through December 27, 2000, on microfilm.
  • The Stillwater Valley Gazette from July 14, 1870, through June 20, 1872, on microfilm.
  • Covington Enterprise 1888 with J. R. Clarke as editor on microfilm.
  • The A. B. Cole Newspaper War History on microfilm.
  • The Miami Helmet from August 4, 1879, through August 4, 1881, on microfilm.
  • A genealogy file on many local families. An index of these families may be searched through our catalog.

Historic Photo Archives

The J.R. Clarke Public Library has compiled an archive platform for historic photographs of Covington, Ohio and the surrounding areas. All photos have been donated by local photographers, businesses and community organizations. These photos are available for personal, educational and non-profit usage and may not be used for commercial or marketing practices without the consent of those who donated the images.

Covington High School Yearbooks

J.R. Clarke Public Library is proud to offer digital downloads of all Covington High School yearbooks from 1950 to the current day. Each yearbook is provided in PDF format and available for personal use only.

A Complete History Of Covington, Ohio

The Village of Covington has compiled a complete history of Covington on its website Covington is a village in Miami County, Ohio and was incorporated in 1835 on the site of the 1793 Fort Rowdy. Laid out in 1816, Covington was previously known under the names of Friendship, Newberry, and Stillwater. A post office called Stillwater was established in 1825 and changed to the name of Covington in 1836.

Genealogy from the Ohio Web Library

The Ohio Web Library is service provided by the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) and consists of a large volume of information available at your fingertips. You will need your library card number provided by J.R. Clarke to access the information.

African American Heritage
Search records, books, serials, and other historical records specific to African Americans to trace your genealogy or to do research.

Ancestry Library Edition
Trace your genealogy using historical records. U. S. Census records; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; petitions for naturalization; passenger lists and more. You must be in the library to access this database.

A premier collection of historical U.S. military records that brings to life the details of America’s military veterans with stories, photos, and personal documents.

Search census records, books, serials, and other historical records to trace your genealogy.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Find large scale street plans produced by the Sanborn Fire Insurance company from 1867 to 1970. Locate and identify buildings and neighborhoods. Study the growth of towns and cities, and the impact of new development.