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    • African American Heritage  

      Search essential historical records for African Americans, including Federal Census, Marriage and Cohabitation records, Military Draft and Service records, Registers of Slaves and Free(d) Persons of Color, Freedman’s Bank and More.

    • Fold3  

      Convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

    • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps  

      Large scale street plans produced by the Sanborn Fire Insurance company from 1867 to 1970. Used by local historians to locate and identify buildings and neighborhoods, urban historians to study the growth of towns and cities, and environmentalists concerned about impact of new developments.

    • HeritageQuest Online  

      Provides access to primary documents, unpublished manuscripts (census indexes, family and local histories, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Applications), and access to Freedman’s Bank for African-American genealogical research. Also includes access to the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), which features more than 1.6 million citations from 6,500 genealogy periodicals and a fully searchable collection of more than 25,000 family and local history books and city directories.

    • Ancestry Library Edition   (Temporary Remote Access during the National Health Crisis-- Library Card Needed for Access)

      U. S. Census records; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; petitions for naturalization; passenger lists and more.

    • American Ancestors   (Library Use Only )

      Online access to the resources of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. The collection includes over 200 million records for New England, New York, and beyond.

    Other Resources

    • Chronicling America  

      Free online access to over 17 million digitized high quality, full-text searchable, public domain historic newspaper pages covering 1789-1963 from over 50 U.S. states and territories. Made possible through the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of Congress, and state partners, like the Ohio History Connection.

    • Ohio Memory  

      Explore thousands of other materials documenting Ohio’s rich history, from prehistory to present day, including: photographs, diaries, archaeological artifacts, books, and more!

    • Hudson Library Newspaper Index  

      Subject index to major news items in Hudson, Ohio, newspapers and news sources from 1903 to present day. Publication list: Ex Libris (Bulletin of the Hudson Library & Historical Society), Hudson Herald, Hudson Hub, Hudson Hub Times, Hudson Life, Hudson Monthly, Hudson Observer, Hudson Times, North Summit Times, North Summit Independent, and Yesterday in Hudson.

    • Ohio Death Certificate Index  

      Death certificates of individuals who died in Ohio between 1913-1944. The database provides the date of death and a certificate number. Researchers can purchase photocopies of the death certificate online.

    • Family Search  

      Offers free family history, family tree and genealogy records and resources from around the world. The site features an online searchable database of many different records including the United States Census and the U.S. Social Security Death Index as well as military, church, and vital records from the United States and from many different countries.

    • Cyndi’s List  

      A categorized and cross-referenced list of genealogical resources on the Internet.

    • Cleveland Necrology File  

      Local cemetery records and newspaper death notices for the following years: 1833, 1847-1848, 1850-1975.

    • Castle Garden  

      Access to a database of information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened.