History and Biography

African American Heritage

ProQuest® African American Heritage is a groundbreaking digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research.

It provides users a dedicated resource that not only brings together records critical to African American family research; but also connects them to a community of research experts, whose mentoring and assistance can frequently be the difference between research success and futility.

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This resource provides access to digitized versions of original historical and genealogical documents, and to these resources adds social networking capabilities. People can learn from share information and learn from one another.

Documents include vital documents, historical newspapers, naturalization records, photos, etc.

Your library card number is required for access outside of the library.

Proquest Fold3 Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry.com You might just find the story of a lifetime

Genealogical database that includes U.S. Census data, and special collections. Includes charts and forms to organize your research.


Ancestry Library Edition

Biography Reference Bank

This database from HW Wilson provides biographical information, from ancient times to the present.

Biography Reference Center

Ohio History Central

This resource is an online encyclopedia of Ohio History.

Information is being added to the encyclopedia on a regular basis.

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Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Sanborn Fire Maps

Sanborn Fire Insurance Co produced these large street plans between 1867 and 1970. They are important resources for local historical research.

Sanborn Insurance Maps Ohio

What's the Point?

"What's the Point?" is a website created by the Ohio Public Library Information Network and the Ohio Historical Society.

The site provides a guide for identifying flint artifacts, in addition to historical information about Ohio's ancient peoples.

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