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Research Opportunities

Interested in doing some research about Fulton County? There are a number of ways we can help! 

Spiess Research RoomThe Spiess Research Center’s mission is to collect and preserve printed materials, photographs, and other archival items pertaining to the history and development of Fulton County. Researchers are welcome to visit and use the book and archival collections located in the Spiess Research Center at the Museum. Copyright regulations apply to all materials held in the Center’s collections. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright. Cellular phones, digital scanners, cameras, or other devices intended to photograph or copy resources may not be used without the prior approval of an authorized staff member or the Director of the Museum. A fee may be assessed for each copy or image obtained by the researcher. Additional research policies may apply.


The Center is open during regular Museum hours, however to help ensure a successful research experience, researchers are encouraged to schedule their visits in advance by contacting the Museum at 419-337-7922 or If a personal visit is not possible, Center staff may assist by answering research questions via e-mail or telephone. Any research requiring more than 15 minutes of staff time for persons not members of the Fulton County Historical Society will require an hourly rate of $25.00, with a one-hour minimum fee charged.

Heritage Alliance Online Collection - The Fulton County Heritage Alliance is a collaborative project between the Bean Creek History Center(Fayette), the Fulton County Genealogical Society, the Fulton County Historical Society, the Lyons and Area Historical Society, the Metamora Historical Society, Sauder Village, and the Swanton Historical Society with the goal of providing online access to selected items in our collections through a joint catalog of our holdings. Currently, a limited number of items are available to view online from the collections of Bean Creek (BC), Museum of Fulton County (FC) and Swanton Historical Society (SH). Additional collections and items will be added as the project develops.

Online Collection Access: Click here to view the online collection

In citing materials used from this online collection, the following form should be used:  Identification of the item, Object number (FC0000.000.000), Title of Collection (if provided), Date material was viewed, The Spiess Research Center, Museum of Fulton County.


Fulton County Genealogical Society Research MaterialsThe Spiess Research Center has available a small collection of family histories. The best resource is the Fulton County Genealogical Society research materials housed at the Evergreen Community Library, 253 Maple Street, Metamora, OH 43540. For more information call (419) 644-2771 or visit

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