Biography and Genealogy
Find information about people and places from the past through various genealogical, historical and governmental online sources.
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.
African American Newspapers, 1827 - 1998
Search history, culture and daily life written in African-American newspapers from around the U.S.
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.
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.
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.
Discover your family by searching more than 300 databases with over 400 million searchable names primarily covering New England and the surrounding region.
Only available at Main Library.
Ancestry Library Edition
From the well known research website Ancestry.com 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.
Available only inside Library Locations.
Biography Reference Bank
Biographies, obituaries and photographs of thousands of individuals – both living and deceased – updated monthly.
Offers convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos and personal documents of the men and women who served.
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.
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.
Ohio Death Certificate Index
Discover in an easily-searchable interface from the Ohio History Connection's Ohio Death Certificates from 1913 to 1944.
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).Access Now
Large-scale detailed maps, dating from 1882 through 1962 and depicting the commercial, industrial, and residential sections of Ohio cities.
World Book eBooks
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.
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.Access Now