Research Tools

Biography and Genealogy

Genealogy, biographies, city directories, historical newspapers, government documents, census rolls, obituaries, genealogical databases, and military records

African American Newspapers, 1827 - 1998

Search history, culture, and daily life written in African-American newspapers from around the US.

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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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African American Studies Center

The online authority on the African American Experience. Includes more than 10,000 articles from 7 encyclopedias plus maps, charts, and photographs, and over 450 primary sources with specially written commentaries.

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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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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

Biographies, obituaries, and photographs of thousands of individuals – both living and deceased – updated monthly.

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Digital Collections

The Toledo Lucas County Public Library is pleased to be partnering with Ohio Memory to present our growing digital archive.  There are currently several collections that we invite you to explore including Time After TimeBirmingham Neighborhood, and the Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankowski.

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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 from the collection of the library's Local History & Genealogy Department.

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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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World Book Encyclopedia

Online version of the popular encyclopedia is great for general information and school projects for children and adults including non-fiction ebooks for students and WorldBook in Spanish and French.

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World eBook

The World Book eBooks platform includes a rich library of beautifully illustrated titles for kindergarten through grade 12. 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. iOS | Android

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