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Related Database Links: Genealogy


  • African American Genealogical Society of Cleveland

    This membership organization is open to anyone interested in genealogy and family history. Members share their expertise through regular meetings as well as seminars and workshops held throughout the area. The AAGS website lists meeting and seminar dates as well as many online resources for African-American genealogical research. AAGS partners with Shaker Library and holds their regular monthly membership meetings here, which are open to the public. They also present a popular genealogy series of workshops and programs at Shaker Library each spring.

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  • Ancestry Library Edition (In-Library Use Only)

    Ancestry Library Edition provides easy access to more than 4,000 genealogy databases with a single search. Coverage focuses primarily on the United States and the United Kingdom although other areas are covered. Databases include the complete U.S. Census & Index (1790-1930), vital, church, court, and immigration records. The Map Center contains more than 1,000 historical maps. Other notable collections include Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Books; Social Security Death Index (updated monthly); WWI Draft Registration Cards; Federal Slave Narratives; and a strong Civil War collection. Databases are updated continuously as new information becomes available.

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  • Cleveland Necrology File 

    The Cleveland Necrology File contains local cemetery records and newspaper death notices for the following years: 1833, 1847-1848, 1850-1975. A more complete description of the file`s contents can be found in the about section of the database. For necrology information after 1975, please use the Cleveland News Index.

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  • FamilySearch

    This favorite database provides family history information collected from public birth, marriage, death, and census documents from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

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  • HeritageQuest Online 

    HeritageQuest features the U. S. Census, 1790-1930 (1850-60 Slave Census Schedules not included), The Periodical Source Index (PERSI), 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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  • Local History

    The library's Local History Collection, located in the Moreland Room on the first floor of the Main Library, is committed to preserving and making accessible archival material about the history of Shaker Heights and the development of the community.

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  • Ohio Death Certificate Index

    A searchable database of selected Ohio Public Records including death certificates.

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  • Ohio Genealogical Society

    The Ohio Genealogical Society is the largest state genealogical society in the United States with links to a great variety of helpful research sites. 

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  • Science Reference Center 

    This wide range of topics (biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife) satisfies the demand for standards-based content and provides teachers and librarians with articles correlated to state and national curriculum standards. It is designed to meet student researchers’ needs, with full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources.

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  • Vital Records

    Where to write for vital records, such as birth, death, marriage or divorce information from all the 50 states. Maintained by the National Center for Health Statistics. 

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