Genealogy and History

New! African American Heritage

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

Ancestry Library Edition [In Library Use Only]

This resource delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.  This resource can only be accessed from within the library from our public computers.

European Views of the Americas (mobile)

This bibliographic database is a valuable index for those interested in European works that relate to the Americas.  The database contains more than 32,000 entries and is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750. It covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of Native American peoples. A wide range of subject areas are covered; from natural disasters to disease outbreaks and slavery.

Family Search

FamilySearch is a 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, and collaborating with others who share this vision.

New! Fold3

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.


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

Ohio History Central  

An evolving, dynamic online encyclopedia that includes information about Ohio's natural history, prehistory, and history.

Ohio History Connection  

This website provides access to numerous Ohio history resources, including the Select Ohio Public Records Index.

Ohio Memory

A digital collection of Ohio historical artifacts.

Ohio Obituary Index

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

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

The Sanborn Maps are large scale street plans produced by the Sanborn Fire Insurance company from 1867 to 1970. Sanborn Maps show the outline of each building including the location of windows and doors together with street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers. 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.