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.

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Subjects: history/government, social studies

Third-Party Provider: ProQuest

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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.

Third-Party Provider: Newsbank

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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.

Third-Party Provider: American Ancestors

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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.

Remote access extended until December 31, 2021

Third-Party Provider: ProQuest

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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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Grade Levels: middle school and high school
Subjects: art/music, history/government and social studies

Third-Party Provider: EBSCO

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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.

Third-Party Provider: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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

Third-Party Provider: Ancestry / Fold3

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Heritage Quest

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

Third-Party Provider: ProQuest

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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!

Third-Party Provider: Toledo Lucas County Public Library

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Newspaper Archive

Full-text searchable articles from a wide variety of historical Ohio newspapers covering Ohio history from 1800-2019. The collection includes more than 7+ million newspapers that allow users to search their ancestors by name and to narrow their results by year and location.

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Ohio Death Certificate Index

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

Third-Party Provider: Ohio History Connection

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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).

Third-Party Provider: ProQuest

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Sanborn Maps

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

Third-Party Provider: OPLIN

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World Book eBooks

Supports classroom instruction and library reading initiatives with over 2,500 titles, including World Book exclusive content and classic literature. 24/7 unlimited, simultaneous access. World Book eBooks also feature a free downloadable app compatible with Apple, Windows, and Android devices.

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Grade Levels: elementary school, middle school and high school
Subjects: art/music, English/language arts, health, history/government, science, social studies and technology

Third-Party Provider: World Book

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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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Grade Levels: middle school and high school
Subjects: art/music, geography, history/government, science, social studies and technology

Third-Party Provider: World Book

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