Biography and Genealogy

Find information about people and places from the past through various genealogical, historical and governmental online sources.

African History and Culture, 1540 - 1921

Covers the history of Africa and its diverse people through more than 1,300 books, pamphlets, almanacs and more.

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African-American Heritage

A great resource for African-American genealogical and biographical research. Search essential historical records including federal census, slave and freed person registers, marriage and military records and more. Connect with others using AfriGeneas, a social networking website.

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African-American Newspapers, 1827 - 1998

Search history, culture and daily life written in African-American newspapers from around the U.S. Covers life in the Antebellum South through the Civil Rights movement and more.

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African-American Periodicals, 1825 - 1995

Explore crucial facets of the African-American experience through more than 170 wide-ranging periodicals. Rare titles, many short-lived and not collected by most libraries, brim with surprises and untold stories.

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America's GenealogyBank

Quickly find your ancestors in over 300 years of historical newspapers, books, pamphlets and government reports including The Social Security Death Index. Search over 1,000 different newspapers.

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American Ancestors

Discover your family by searching more than 300 databases with over 400 million searchable names primarily covering New England and the surrounding region.

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Ancestry Library Edition

From the well known research website comes the Library edition with a database of more than 2 billion names. Search United States, United Kingdom and Canadian census records, military records, wills and more.

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Biography Reference Bank

Provides biographies, obituaries and photographs of thousands of individuals – both living and deceased. Updated monthly.

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A product of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, FamilySearch is the largest genealogy library in the world. FamilySearch maintains a collection of records, resources and services designed to help people learn more about their family history, including millions of genealogy records, many with digital images.

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Offers convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos and personal documents of the men and women who served.

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Heritage Quest

Trace family history including over 25,000 family and local histories as well as census’ from 1790-1940, city directories, slave schedules, Indian Census rolls and more.

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Images in Time

A searchable collection of more than 151,000 local historical photos, most from Toledo and/or Ohio, from the Library's Local History & Genealogy Department.

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Local History Digital Collections

Through our Local History Department, we are pleased to partner with Ohio Memory to present our growing digital archive which includes collections featuring historical documents, maps and atlases, photographs and more!

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Ohio Death Certificate Index

Discover in an easily-searchable interface from the Ohio History Connection's Ohio Death Certificates from 1913 to 1944.

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Proquest Historical Newspapers

Search for newspaper articles in The New York Times (1851-2013), Chicago Tribune (1849-1993), Washington Post (1889-2000), Wall Street Journal (1889-1993).

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Sanborn Maps

Large-scale detailed maps, dating from 1882 through 1962 and depicting the commercial, industrial, and residential sections of Ohio cities.

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World Book eBooks

The World Book eBooks platform includes a rich library of beautifully illustrated titles for K-12 students. Limit by subject and/or grade level. Titles can be checked out for three weeks. Create an account and download the app so you can access anywhere.

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World Book Encyclopedia

Online version of the popular encyclopedia. Great for general information or for school projects. Includes non-fiction eBooks for students and WorldBook in Spanish and French.

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