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    19th Century U.S. Newspapers is a database of over 1.7 million pages of primary source content (28 million full text articles) selected to provide a comprehensive resource covering the century in detail. The full-text issues come from 500 newspapers, representing urban and rural regions, across the U.S.  The collection includes the Cleveland Daily Herald for the years 1835 to 1871, as well as selected issues from nine other Ohio newspapers from 1801 to 1880.

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    Access NewspaperARCHIVE is the largest historical newspaper database online, containing tens of millions of newspaper pages from 1759 to present. Every newspaper in the archive is fully searchable by keyword and date, making it easy for you to quickly explore historical content. NewspaperARCHIVE.com is adding newspaper pages faster than you can search them - with one newspaper page added every second - that’s over 80,000 images a day, or about 2.5 million pages per month.

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    This database includes the complete content of the microfiche series "Black Biographical Dictionaries, 1790-1950," a substantial compilation of biographical material on more than 30,000 African American individuals. Because this resource includes both famous and everyday persons, it is of interest to both historians and genealogists. Searchable by name, place of birth, date of birth, date of death, occupation, religion, gender, or source of information. Includes some illustrations and photographs.

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    Full text access to all content from 1997-2010, except for letters to the editor, death notices and advertising. Founded in 1839, the Akron Beacon Journal is a four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper that serves readers in Summit, Medina, Portage, Stark and Wayne counties.

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    This database contains the stories of American slaves as told by the former slaves themselves, in their own voices. Includes the complete content of more than 2,000 interviews conducted in seventeen states between 1936 and 1938 under the Federal Writers' Project of the Work Progress Administration. Fully indexed & searchable by key word. Includes some sound files of the actual interviews. Also includes the full text of George Rawick's From Sundown To Sunup: The Making of the Black Community (Greenwood, 1972), an excellent introduction to the collection.

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    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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    (© The Gale Group) -- Indexes current reference sources, such as Who's Who, as well as the most important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world.

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    Full-text searching of all issues of the Cleveland Call and Post published between 1934 and 1991. (An index to issues from 1992 to 2004 and full text for issues from 2005 to present is available in the Ethnic Newswatch database.) Cleveland’s longtime African American newspaper, the Call & Post was formed in 1927 by the merger of the Call and the Post. The paper’s rise to prominence began in 1932 with the arrival of William O. Walker (1896-1981), who became its publisher within a few years. A strong local voice for racial equality, the paper has long urged participation in politics and encouraged black solidarity and self-reliance.

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    Full text access to all content from 4/1/1990 - 12/31/2007, except for letters to the editor, death notices and advertising.

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    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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    (Cleveland Public Library) -- The online Cleveland News Index lists citation information for local news stories, feature articles and reviews from The Plain Dealer (1983-June 1999), Cleveland Magazine (1983-present), Northern Ohio Live (Sept. 1990-June 2009), and Ohio Magazine (Oct.1990 -present). Obituaries from the Plain Dealer and the Cleveland Press are included from 1976 to the present. Please note that this index does not provide full text access to these sources.

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    Ethnic NewsWatch is a full-text database of minority, Native American and ethnic U.S. newspapers, magazines and journals. Includes more than 470,000 full-text articles from over 200 publications dating from 1985 to the present. It is searchable in both English and Spanish, with titles in both languages. Includes abstract/index (covering 1992-2004) and full text (covering 2005 to present) of Cleveland Call and Post and full text of the Cleveland Jewish News from 1995 to the present.

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    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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    The New York Times (1851-2007) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.

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    Full text access to several Ohio newspapers including the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Columbus Dispatch, Cincinnati Post, Dayton Daily News, Toledo Blade, Cincinnati Post, and Dayton Daily News.

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    Newspaper Source provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 national (U.S.) and international newspapers. The database also contains selective full text for more than 330 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full-text television and radio news transcripts are provided from CBS News, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, NPR, and more.

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    Full text access to all content from 1991 to the present, except for letters to the editor, death notices and advertising.

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    Historical Plain Dealer offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.  Issues run from April 7, 1845 to May 31, 1991.  Search by keyword, name, date, date ranges, article type and issue.

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    Directory information for 11 million U.S. businesses and 120 million U.S. households. Search for businesses by SIC code, sales volume number of employees and more. Search for residence directory information by name, location or phone number.

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    A treasure trove of information, detailed maps at building level for more than 400 Ohio communities from 1868 to the 1960s. Negotiating the site may require some practice. Try the 1024 x 768 pixel size.Use a city and street name or city and building's name where possible to search in keyword or limit your search by date.

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    Full text access to all content from 1996 to the present, except for letters to the editor, death notices and advertising.

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    Full text coverage from 02/01/2002 to present. Provides comprehensive coverage of news from all 50 states. Contains four sections on news, money, sports, and life. USA Today was founded in 1982 with the goal of providing a national newspaper in the U.S. market, where generally only a single local newspaper and/or a metropolitan daily's state/regional edition was available.

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    Websites: Local Resources

    Adoption Network Cleveland
    A good resource for adult adoptees who want to reconnect with their birthparents, and vice versa.
    Cemeteries: Cleveland City Cemetery Index
    Transcriptions and digital images of internment registers (burial records) for cemeteries owned by the city of Cleveland. Records date from the opening of each cemetery to the 1990s.
    Cemeteries: Cuyahoga County Cemeteries List
    Cemeteries: East Cleveland Cemetery Information & Records
    Cemeteries: Woodland Cemetery Information & Records
    Cleveland Catholic Diocese Archives
    Information about records held by Catholic churches in Greater Cleveland.
    Cleveland Jewish News Obituary Database
    Database of 27,854 obituary notices which appeared in the Cleveland Jewish News from 1964 through 2007.
    Cuyahoga County Archives
    The Archives maintains the records of Cuyahoga County Government, including many records of interest to genealogists.
    Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court - Civil & Criminal Cases
    Use the Docket Search feature on this site to look up docket information about divorces, criminal actions and other court cases. Online records date to about 1980.
    Cuyahoga County OHGenWeb site
    A variety of links and information resources compiled by genealogy volunteers.
    Cuyahoga County Recorder's Office
    Search for your ancestors in online digitized deeds, mortgages and related documents back to the 1890s for Cuyahoga County.
    Cuyahoga County Veterans Graves Locator
    Genealogical Societies: African American Genealogical Society of Cleveland
    Genealogical Societies: Cleveland-area Computer Assisted Genealogy Group
    Genealogical Societies: Greater Cleveland Genealogical Society
    Genealogical Societies: Hungarian Genealogical Society of Greater Cleveland
    Genealogical Societies: Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland
    Genealogical Societies: Ohio Genealogical Society
    Click on Chapters and then navigate to Cuyahoga County to find local chapters.
    Genealogical Societies: Polish Genealogical Society of Greater Cleveland
    Morgan Library of Ohio Index
    Use the Morgan Library's online "Index of Ohio People, Businesses and Institutions" to find names listed in a variety of historical Ohio publications.
    Naturalization Records Index for Cuyahoga County
    Transcriptions of 53,414 cards that constitute the "Naturalization Records Index" at the Cuyahoga County Archives in Cleveland, Ohio.
    Ohio Death Certificate Index, 1913-1944
    Use this index in conjunction with CPL's collection of Ohio Death Certificates (December 1908-1953)
    Ohio Obituary Index & Marriage Notice Index
    An index to over 1,500,000 obituaries, death & marriage notices from a variety of Ohio sources covering the 1810s to the present day.
    Western Reserve Historical Society
    WRHS's Library and Archives feature more than 20 million manuscripts for genealogical research and research on Northeast Ohio history.

    Websites: General Resources

    African American Genealogy: An Online Guide for Beginners
    Cyndi's List
    260,000 genealogy links, organized into 180 categories and cross-referenced.
    Ellis Island Records
    Search this site for passengers who came to the U.S. through Ellis Island.
    Family Search
    Beginners guides & research guidance, as well as free genealogy records and resources from around the world.
    Genealogy Relationship Chart
    Use this chart to determine how two people in a family are related to each other.
    Genealogy Research at the National Archives
    This is the starting point for records relating to immigration, military service and more.
    National Obituary Archive
    A repository of 50 million obituaries provided by funeral homes from around the country.
    Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records
    A directory of online death indexes listed by state and county.
    Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
    Features a database of more than 67,000 Africans who were transported on slave ships, searchable by name, age, gender, origin, and place of embarkation.
    U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) Genealogy Research Service
    A fee-based service for locating historical immigration and naturalization records.
    VitalChek Express Certificate Service
    This company will obtain vital records (birth, death, etc.) for a fee. You can save money by obtaining the records yourself using the information found in the "Where to Write for Vital Records" website.
    Where to Write for Vital Records in the United States
    Information on how to obtain birth, death, marriage and divorce records from throughout the U.S.