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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Websites

    How Old is Your House?
    Practical information about house research for beginners.
    Home Style Guide
    Practical information for determining the architectural style of a house.
    Cuyahoga County Auditor's Real Property Information Search
    Search online for current owner, previous owner (to 1975), price paid, tax information, etc.
    Cuyahoga County Recorder's Office
    Search online for digitized deeds, mortgages and related documents back to the 1890s.
    Cleveland Public Library's Digital Gallery
    Search CPL's digital collections for properties by entering a search for a particular street, address or keyword.
    Cuyahoga County Archives
    Visit the Archives to see property building cards from the 1930s (with floor plan sketch) & 1960s (with photograph). PLEASE NOTE: Records are not online.
    Cleveland City Council Archives
    The Archives houses more than 12,500 sets of blueprints for Cleveland only for public and commercial buildings and a small number of houses, dating to the early 1900s.
    Cleveland Landmarks Commission
    Official List of Cleveland Landmarks (with photographs), information about Cleveland architects and the Cleveland Landmarks Commission.
    Cleveland Restoration Society
    Extensive local preservation resources: Heritage Home Loan Program, Resources for Homeowners, Preserving Landmarks, etc.
    Ohio Historic Preservation Office
    Extensive preservation information presented by the Ohio Historical Society.
    Cleveland Area History Blog
    Research and photographs on well known and not-so-well known Cleveland places and buildings.
    Cleveland Memory Project
    A treasure-trove of photographs, books, memorabilia, etc. relating to Cleveland.
    Old House Web
    A variety of information resources for owners of older houses.
    Historic American Buildings Survey & Historic American Engineering Record
    These collections document achievements in architecture, engineering and design in the United States. Includes digitized images of more than 350,000 measured drawings, photographs and histories for more than 35,000 historic structures and sites.
    National Register of Historic Places
    Properties listed in the Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering and culture.
    Ohio Memory Project
    A treasure-trove of photographs, books, memorabilia, etc. relating to Ohio. Includes a collection of images of the Great Lakes Exposition of 1936-1937 from the collection of Cleveland Public Library.