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Genealogy Tools and Databases

Ancestry Library Edition is a source for conducting genealogical and local history research including the Federal Census. Ancestry Library is available remotely to all Ohio library cardholders through May, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. Access to Ancestry Library is provided by Libraries Connect Ohio.

NEW: NewspaperArchive contains over 300 million pages of newspapers from 1607-2020. Use it to research events, historic photographs, Genealogy, Family History, Murder Cases, and more. NewspaperArchive is being provided through a special arrangement with the publisher. Access it from the safety and convenience of home during this period of social distancing.

NEW: African American Heritage is a genealogical database especially focused for African Americans. It includes freedman and slave records, census records, vital records, church records, and more to address the unique challenges of  African American family history research. The collection was created in partnership with African American genealogists and field experts. 

NEW: Fold3 provides convenient access to military records, including stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. This database is perfect for those looking to discover their family's or community's military history.

NEW: MyHeritage (Library Edition) is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind. It provides you with access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past five centuries. 

American Ancestors* - is a database available through the New England Historic Genealogical Society for genealogy research.  Available only in the Main Library.

HeritageQuest Online - A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. Discover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps - Over 40,000 detailed maps of Ohio cities drawn between 1882 and 1962.

World Vital Records - has merged with MyHeritage.

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