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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 (In-Library Edition)

Ancestry.com delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. (Not accessible outside the Library.)

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Antiques Pricing Reference

Antiques Reference Prices4Antiques helps you determine the value of antiques, collectibles, and fine art with the images and pricing information provided from leading auction houses

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Screenshot of Biography Reference Biography Reference Bank

Combines numerous biographical resources to provide biographies, obituaries, and photographs of thousands of individuals – both living and deceased.

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Dictionary of Literary Biography

Biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world's most influential literary figures, plus thousands of images.

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European Views of the Americas

Bibliographic database containing more than 32,000 entries and is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750.

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Family Search

Global nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery and preservation of personal and family histories and stories, introducing individuals to their ancestors through the widespread access to records.

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Fold3

A 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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HeritageQuest

Includes Census records (1790-1930), book and article searches, Revolutionary War records, and Freedman's Bank.

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Ohio History Central Encyclopedia

An evolving, dynamic online encyclopedia that includes information about Ohio's natural history, prehistory and history. Each section contains written information, maps, timelines, and images.

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Ohio History Connection

This website provides access to numerous Ohio history resources.

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Ohio Memory

A digital collection of Ohio historical artifacts.

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Ohio Obituary Index

Index of 2,850,000 obituaries, death & marriage notices, and other Ohio sources, from 1810s to present.
Actual obits may be ordered from over 60 partner libraries; only Hayes Library has online ordering.

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Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

The Sanborn Maps are large scale street plans produced by the Sanborn Fire Insurance company from 1867 to 1970.  Use these maps to locate and identify buildings and neighborhoods, to study the growth of towns and cities, and to study the impact of new developments.

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Identify Flint Artifacts What's the Point?

This resource is designed to help users identify flint artifacts, which are some of the most enduring legacies of prehistoric peoples. 

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