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Genealogy + History

A comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools devoted to African American family history research. Includes a connection to expert research assistance.
Covers more than 500 years of African-American history and culture with images, videos, timelines, biographies, maps and more.

(Attention: Ancestry is available through December with any Ohio Library Card (or eCard) number from your home!)

An indispensable resource for genealogists and historians providing census data, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, photos, maps, and more.
Full text articles and images from the Dayton Daily News, 1898-1922, which includes the Wright Brothers' development of flight and the Flood of 1913.
Full text articles from the Dayton Daily News, 1990-present. Selected articles and those written by DDN staff are available approximately 24 hours after publication. (Does not include obituaries or classified ads.)
Genealogical information for researchers including Obituaries, Our Forefathers, Service Notes, Marriages, Gedenk Blaetter and more.
Thousands of digitized images and documents pertaining to the history of the Miami Valley. All items included in this site are owned by Dayton Metro Library.
A premier collection of historical U.S. military records for use in genealogy and other research. Stories, photos, and personal documents bring details of America’s military veterans to life.
An essential collection of genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, including census records, books, serials, and other historical records.
Death certificate information for Ohio residents spanning the years 1913-1937, from the Ohio Historical Society.
More than 26,000 digitized historical documents from Ohio libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives, from the Ohio Historical Society.
The accepted authority on the evolution, meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words in the English language, both present and past.
An index to magazine articles covering 1890-1982. Many of these are available as print copies in the Dayton Room at the Main Library.
Large-scale, detailed maps of Ohio cities produced by the Sanborn Fire Insurance Company, 1882-1962. Useful for identifying buildings and studying the growth of towns and cities.
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