Family History Research




Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy

Unlock the secrets of your family’s long-forgotten past with this course that teaches you the research skills and methodologies of professional genealogists with Professor John Philip Colletta.




Allen County Public Library

ACPL, in Fort Wayne Indiana, has a large hosting of free databases from one of the One of the largest genealogical library collections in the U.S.


Like Find A Grave, BillionGraves is a database of virtual memorials. However, BillionGraves uses GPS information to allow you to see the location of a headstone, and what other cemetery markers are located near the grave site.

Imperial War Museum: American Air Museum in Britain

The British Museum, The Imperial War Museum, has provided online access to records of American air service men stationed in Britain during World War II. Search for relatives of fighter and bomber units in this online database.

Library Internet Archives

This database has many city directories digitized from across the United States. Useful for tracking down a relative that doesn’t appear in the census records.

National Archives Resources

The National Archives has created a web page of a great listing of free resources to aid in your genealogy and local history research.

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor

A museum dedicated to the history of the Purple Heart medal. Although not comprehensive, there is also a database of recipients of this award.

New York Public Library

The NYPL has of the finest collections of maps from around the world. Many have been digitized and allow you to see New York in a previous century, as well as other locations from the Untied States.

Ohio Genealogical Society

OGS has several free databases, such as obituary indexes, and information on the first settlers of Ohio.

Ohio University: The War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the Civil War

A digitized version of the 127 volumes of The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, the Official Records. This resource is invaluable to any Civil War historian as these volumes contain virtually any aspect of the war.

Local History Links

The Cleveland Press Collection

Digital database of news clippings and photographs of the Cleveland Press newspaper. Also contained are oral histories, videos and other local history resources.

Encyclopedia of Cleveland History

Joint project between Case Western Reserve and the Cleveland Historical Society, this online database contains articles written by many Cleveland scholars. A useful reference for anyone interested in any event in Cleveland history.


Historypin allows you explore local history around you. You can also create your own Historypin of historical content such as pictures, sounds and videos. Create your own interactive Historypin of any theme or historical event in history.

Ohio Memory

Ohio Historical Society has created on online database, rich with information and text relating to Ohio’s historical past. Browse collections, places and even a timeline of Ohio from past to present.

Ohio National Park Services         

This website has information about all the historical sites, monuments and other places of interest in the in the State of Ohio. You can also search for other National Parks within the United States.

Summit Memory

Summit Memory is a database containing images, and other information from collections in Summit County. Take a trip down memory lane, or search these digital collections while exploring Summit County past.

Veterans History Project

The Library of Congress has helped to collect audio and video recording of veterans of our military. This website allows you to search for members who have submitted oral interviews, as well as resources to help you to interview a veteran: