I Found It In The Archives!

An Archives is a place to go to FIND information, but instead of finding it in books as you would in a library, you find the information firsthand from letters, diaries, photos, maps, reports, audio and video recordings, and other primary sources.

You just never know what you might find in the Archives!  At the Greene County Archives you might find deed, tax, will and estate records; aerial and survey maps; marriage, birth and death records and these are just a few of the records that we have!  The records that you find here at the Archives can provide you with the information that may help you break through some of those brick walls that you have hit in your research.

The Greene County Archives is sponsoring the I Found It In The Archives essay and video contest to show how the items and information found in the nation's archives touch peoples' lives.  Have you found something in the Greene County Archives that has aided you with your research?  Did you find some record in the Archives that helped you find an answer to a question that had been tugging away at you for years?  If so, we would love to hear your story!


  • You may submit only one entry. Submitting more than one entry will disqualify you.
  • You must not currently be employed/volunteer or previously have been employed by Greene County whether as an employee, volunteer, or contractor- or related to a member of the same household as a Greene County employee, volunteer, or contractor.
  • You must be a legal resident of the United States.
  • Your entry becomes the property of the Greene County Archives.  We reserve the right to post your essay and photograph or video online. Materials will not be returned.           

Between now and the close of entries on Friday, July 31, 2018, we ask that you submit either:
  • A 400-word (approximately) essay describing your quest for information and explaining why finding it has made a difference for you, along with a color photograph of you, OR
  • A video of no more than 2 minutes in which you describe your quest for information and explain why finding it has made a difference for you. Video entries should be uploaded to YouTube and email us a link to the video along with your entry forms.
  • All entries must be accompanied by an Entry Form, Release and Waiver submitted along with the essay/video as an attachment to your email.
  • Entries may be submitted by email to: FoundItArchives@co.greene.oh.us or by dropping it off at our offices at 535 Ledbetter Road Xenia, Ohio 45385.              

  • The entries will be published on our Facebook page and on our website for public voting. 
  • Public voting will close on August 24, 2018 at 4:00 P.M.  The entry that receives the most votes will be the winner.


  • The winner will receive a free lunch, a tour of Greene County Archives and a behind the scenes tour of the Greene County Archives and the Greene County Court House in Xenia, Ohio.  The winner will also receive a certificate suitable for framing.

  • Entries must be received by 4:00 PM, July 31, 2018.
  • Essays and/or videos will be posted online for a public vote.
  • The close of public voting will end at 4:00 PM, August 24, 2018.
  • The winner of the competition will be notified by August 27, 2018.           
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