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African American Heritage 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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American Ancestors American Ancestors

Explore your New England ancestors' lives using American Ancestors' collection of 1.4 billion records from the United States, the British Isles, continental Europe, and beyond. Available only at Medina and Brunswick Libraries.

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Ancestry Library edition screenshot Ancestry Library Edition

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

Only available when using computers in MCDL locations or via MCDL Wi-Fi.

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Cleveland Necrology file and news index Cleveland Necrology File and News Index

Find cemetery records and newspaper death notices for the following years: 1833, 1847-1848, 1850-1975. The Index lists citation information for local news stories, feature articles and reviews from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland Magazine, Northern Ohio Live and Ohio Magazine.

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FamilySearch Affiliate Library

Search for your relatives in records from around the world. Access 135 million restricted records by using FamilySearch at any MCDL location.

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Fold3 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.

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Gale in Context: Biography Gale in Context: Biography

This database provides contextual information on the world's most influential people. A user-friendly portal experience allows users to search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text.

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Heritage Quest Online

Locate the U.S. Census, 1790-1930 (1850-60 Slave Census Schedules not included), a digitized collection of more than 25,000 family and local history books, records from the Revolutionary War era, Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files and Freedman's Bank Records (1865-1874).

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Ohio History Connection Ohio History Connection

From automobiles to wedding gowns, this collection documents both the ordinary and extraordinary stories of Ohioans. Search the archives and museum databases for books, serials, pamphlets, maps, and newspapers.

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R. B. Hayes Ohio Obituary Index

This index covers obituaries, death notices, and probate notices from the Medina County Gazette and the Medina County Sentinel. It also includes obituaries and other resources indexed by more than 60 partner libraries across Ohio.

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Sanborn Insurance Maps

Features detailed maps at building level for more than 400 Ohio communities from 1868 to the 1960s. An excellent resource for 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.

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