Research Databases

List of research database titles, descriptions and links
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African American Heritage

Search records, books, serials, and other historical records specific to African Americans to trace your genealogy or to do research.

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Ancestry Library Edition

( in-library use only) U. S. Census records; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; petitions for naturalization; passenger lists and more. You must be in the library to access this database.

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Black Life in America The experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media

Black Life in America

The experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media

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Cleveland News and Necrology File

Cleveland News Index & Necrology File

Contains citations for local news stories, feature articles and reviews from The Plain Dealer (1983-June 1999), Cleveland Magazine (1983-present), Northern Ohio Live (Sept. 1990-present), and Ohio Magazine (Oct.1990 -present). Obituaries from the Plain Dealer and the Cleveland Press are included from 1976 to the present. NOT full text.

Cleveland Necrology File:
Contains local cemetery records and newspaper death notices for 1833, 1847-1848, 1850-1975. For necrology information after 1975, use the Cleveland News Index.

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A premier collection of historical U.S. military records that brings to life the details of America's military veterans with stories, photos, and personal documents.

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Heritage Hub Discover the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research, 1824 - today.

Heritage Hub

Heritage Hub provides access to hundreds of years of obituaries and death notices from thousands of newspapers across the United States. This one-of-a-kind collection helps patrons and family historians uncover new family members and understand family relationships on a deeper level than ever before.

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HeritageQuest Online

Genealogy database featuring the U. S. Census, 1790-1930 (NOT including 1850-60 Slave Census Schedules), The Periodical Source Index, more than 25,000 family and local history books, records from the Revolutionary War Era Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files and Freedman's Bank Records (1865-1874).

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Sanborn Fire Maps

Historical maps of Ohio cities.

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