Research Databases

List of research database titles, descriptions and links
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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Search Ancestry
Ancestry (In-Library Edition) delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. (Not accessible outside the Library.)

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Search Antiques Prices
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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Biography Reference Source
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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Visit Black Freedom Struggle database
Black Freedom Struggle in the U.S. (ProQuest)

Open primary source documents from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom. Find historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more.

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Search the Dayton Daily News collection through NewsBank
Dayton Daily News (NewsBank)

Explore Dayton history through local news, events and people with the Dayton Daily News Collection. Search current and archived issues (1990-present) with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online.

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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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Visit Family Search website
Family Search

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides FamilySearch free of charge to everyone, regardless of tradition, culture, or religious affiliation. FamilySearch is dedicated to preserving important family records and making them freely accessible online, introducing individuals to their ancestors through the widespread access to records.

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Access 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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Search HeritageQuest

Includes Census records (1790-1940), book and article searches, Revolutionary War records, and Freedman's Bank.

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Visit Ohio History Connection website
Ohio History Connection

This website provides access to numerous Ohio history resources.

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Visit Ohio Memory website
Ohio Memory

A digital collection of Ohio historical artifacts.

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Ohio Obituary Index from the R. B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museum
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
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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Visit What's the Point- Identifying 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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