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Genealogy
Introduction
Can't find that last fork on your family tree? Which genealogy online source is free? If those are the questions you can't find answers to, perhaps you'll find it here. By no means is this all there is for genealogy on the web, but it's certainly a good place to start!

These books, databases, websites and events will help you find your ancestors and assist you with your genealogical research.

Ancestry is only available in the library, but all the other databases can be used in the comfort of your own home. Choose 'Home Access' below, then log in with your library card.

Databases

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Ancestry Library Edition Contains thousands of genealogical databases including census and military records, birth and marriage records, immigration information, and more, with dozens of databases added annually. Help

No Home Access     In-Library Access means this database is accessible only from an Information Station within the Library buildings.


Fold3: History and Genealogy Archives Find and share historic documents, with digitized images in the fields of African American, Native American, and Revolutionary War histories, and more.

Home Access means this database is accessible online from home or work with a valid library card.     In-Library Access means this database is accessible only from an Information Station within the Library buildings.


Genealogy Connect Fully searchable genealogy eBooks!  With a wealth of genealogical information at your fingertips, Genealogy Connect allows you to search multiple resources at once, and print, save, or email all the information found!
Searchable genealogical eBooks

Home Access means this database is accessible online from home or work with a valid library card.     In-Library Access means this database is accessible only from an Information Station within the Library buildings.


MyHeritage - World Vital Records A massive library with billions of Family History and Genealogy records, and 28 million family trees. Access key collections: U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940; military records; enhanced Social Security Death Index (SSDI) records; millions of newspaper articles; unique, exclusive local and world collections.

Home Access means this database is accessible online from home or work with a valid library card.     In-Library Access means this database is accessible only from an Information Station within the Library buildings.


Ohio Death Certificate Index (1913-1944) Index of death certificates in Ohio from 1913-1944. Use the index information to help obtain a copy of particular death certificates. Easily save, e-mail, purchase or print an order form online.

Home Access means this database is accessible online from home or work with a valid library card.     In-Library Access means this database is accessible only from an Information Station within the Library buildings.


Ohio Historical Society Database Search within the Ohio Historical Society Archives Collection. Full text resources include African American Experience in Ohio 1850-1920, Civil War, Military Rosters, and more.

Home Access means this database is accessible online from home or work with a valid library card.     In-Library Access means this database is accessible only from an Information Station within the Library buildings.


Ohio Historical Society Journal Ohio History was established in June 1887 as the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Quarterly. Search scanned text spanning from 1887 to 2004.

Home Access means this database is accessible online from home or work with a valid library card.     In-Library Access means this database is accessible only from an Information Station within the Library buildings.


Ohio History Central Online Encyclopedia From the Ohio Historical Society, find information, images, timelines, maps, and documents about Ohio's history, geography, geology, animals, and American Indian populations.

Home Access means this database is accessible online from home or work with a valid library card.     In-Library Access means this database is accessible only from an Information Station within the Library buildings.


Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook This project brings together digital versions of historical collections from more than 330 archives, historical societies, libraries, and museums. Search or browse primary sources dating from prehistory to the present.

Home Access means this database is accessible online from home or work with a valid library card.     In-Library Access means this database is accessible only from an Information Station within the Library buildings.


Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Large scale street plans produced by the Sanborn Fire Insurance company from 1867 to 1970.

Home Access means this database is accessible online from home or work with a valid library card.     In-Library Access means this database is accessible only from an Information Station within the Library buildings.


Web Links

Ancestry.com
The best collection of family history how-to and genealogy learning materials on the Internet.

Census Online
The Web's largest directory of links to online census transcriptions.

Cyndi's List
Your genealogical research portal onto the Internet, complete with a categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet.

Complete List of Active Heredity Societies
Included in these pages are the known names, addresses, websites, founding dates, descriptions, and membership guidelines for active hereditary societies in the United States.

DAR Genealogical Research System
Trace your ancestors using the Daughters of the American Revolution's research.

Family Search
The largest collection of free family history, family tree, and genealogy records in the world.

Find-A-Grave
Search for an ancestor's gravestone.

HathiTrust Digital Library
Thousands of genealogical books can be downloaded and converted to PDF for personal use.

RootsWeb
Search records and contribute your own family history.

Rutherford B. Hayes Obituary Index
An index to over 1,400,000 obituaries, death & marriage notices & other sources from Ohio from the 1810s to the present day.

US Gen Web Project
Utilize free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.

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