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Main Library will be closed for all services March 18 - 31

as we move to Phase 2 of our renovation project.

Bertram Woods branch will remain open for essential services.

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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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  • African American Heritage

    ProQuest® African American Heritage is a groundbreaking digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research. This collection was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists and recognized leaders in genealogical information to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans.

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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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    Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade.’s primary focus is people—individuals who were enslaved, owned slaves, or participated in slave trading. A robust, open-source architecture to discover and explore the lives of the enslaved in richer detail.

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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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  • Fold3

    Fold3 features premier collections of original military records. These records include the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military. Many of the records come from the U.S. National archives, The National Archives of the U.K. and other international records.

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  • HeritageQuest

    HeritageQuest Online provides genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, with coverage dating back as early as the 1700s.

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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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  • 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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